Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era Rules
All rules are determined by the administration only. Suggestions for changes are appreciated, but the final decision lies with the administration.
For the sake of clarity, all following rules regarding users and drivers use "he" as pronoun. Alternate Formula One welcomes people of all genders and therefore the rules also apply to people of all genders.
§1 Game and Narrative
1) Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era is a management-role-playing game on the GP Rejects forums (or any forum considered a successor or an alternative by the administration).
1.a) Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era may also be referred to as Alternate Formula One - Current Era
1.b) Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era for the seasons 2010 to 2019 is to be referred to as Alternate Formula One - Two-Race Era
2) Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era is currently simulated using Grand Prix 2.
2.a) Changing the simulation method used to run Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era Grand Prix weekends must be announced by the administration twelve Grand Prix weekends before the change takes place.
2.a) Changing the simulation method used to run Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era Grand Prix weekends during the season is prohibited.
3) The administration is defined as the GP Rejects forum (or any forum considered a successor or an alternative by the administration) user running Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era.
3.a) Running the game is defined as handling the administrative duties (controlling budgets, ensuring appliance with the rules, determining performance etc.) of Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era as well as simulating all Grand Prix weekends.
3.b) The administration may entrust any person mentally capable of the task with simulating the Grand Prix weekends within the game used as defined in §1.2. If the responsibility of simulating the Grand Prix weekends is to be given to a third party by the administration, this must be announced by the administration three Grand Prix weekends before the change takes place
3.c) The administration may only change hands if the current administration is either permanently and irrevocably banned from the #F1Rejects chatroom (or any chat considered a successor or an alternative by the administration), voluntarily surrenders the role of administrator, is agreed to be egregiously unfair in his judgements by all users running a team in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era or dies in real-life.
3.d) Should the administration need to be replaced as defined in §1,3.c, the former administration is entrusted with deciding the new administration unless incapable of doing so, in which case any user running a team in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era can volunteer to become the new administration. The old administration is to support the new administration whenever possible.
4) The narrative period of Alternate Formula One - Current Era includes all Alternate Formula One history from 1976 onwards. "Retcons" (changes to previously simulated or role-played events) can be undertaken by the administration whenever deemed necessary, though the administration has to inform any involved users/teams of the decision and explain their reasoning unsolicited. Should no game displaying Alternate Formula One history until 1976 exist, the administration can extend the narrative period to include all of Alternate Formula One history from 1945 onwards until a new game is established.
5) For any gameplay element the administration has the exclusive right to invent an in-character reasoning should it be considered elemental to sustain the willing suspension of disbelief.
6) Any change by the administration to these rules must be, after the start of the 2020 season, announced unsolicited with a post on the GP Rejects forums (or any forum considered a successor or an alternative by the administration) with at least three Grand Prix weekends notice, unless force majeure prevents this.
6.b) This period of notice is not required if the wording of the rule is changed to help clarify the rule's intent, correct grammatical errors or if the administration considers the rule change to have major urgency. If at least six users running a team in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era object to any rule changes made invoking this rule, the rule change is invalid.
1) Any user of the GP Rejects board (or any forum considered a successor or an alternative by the administration) and/or Grand Prix Rejects Discord (or any chat considered a successor or an alternative by the administration) on Mibbit may run one team in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era.
1.a) A team is defined as the representation of the user in the game world, given a name by the user at the time of entry in as defined in §2.4
2) Any user running a team in Alternate Formula One agrees to fulfill deadlines given by the administration unless external circumstances prevent this or the administration is informed beforehand that the user is not able to fulfill said deadline.
3) The grid size is determined at twelve two-car teams for the seasons 2020-2025.
3.a) Any user not in charge of one of the active teams may join the waiting list and will be given new teams in order of joining the waiting list whenever a user is excluded from the series. The administration can decide to give a works team to any user on the waiting list who has been excluded from the game in accordance with §2.3.d at any point during the last two seasons
3.b) Should there be less than twelve users be running a team and should there be no users on the waiting list at the start of a season, the administration may ask one or more users running a works team as defined in §4.2.c to run a second team under the same name and the exact same budget as the first one for that season. These users are chosen by the administration as it sees fit.
3.c) Users are excluded from the series when their teams are considered bankrupt, i.e. do not have sufficient funding to pay an engine contract worth €40,000,000, their active lead designer contract or the cheapest available lead designer if no contract exists and the cheapest available chassis options, even when accounting for sponsorship.
3.d) Users may also be excluded as needed by administration if they fail to meet deadlines, are permanently and irrevocably banned from the Grand Prix Rejects Discord (or any chat considered a successor or an alternative by the administration) or demonstrate other behaviour making them unsuitable to keep their team. Their team is then declared bankrupt even if the conditions as defined in §2.3.c are not fulfilled.
3.e) Users may also voluntarily ask for exclusion from the game. Their team is then declared bankrupt even if the conditions as defined in §2.3.c are not fulfilled.
3.f) Excluded users may join the waiting list unless the administration can provide evidence that doing so would be against the best interest of the GP Rejects board (or any website considered a successor or an alternative by the administration) and its users. Any user that has voluntarily been excluded from the game as defined in §2.3.e on three separate occasion is no longer entitled to rejoin the waiting list unless at least four users running a team in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era agree to it.
3.g) Users on the waiting list can be requested to reaffirm their interest in being on the Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era waiting list at any point in the business stages before the season as defined in §6.5, after at least eight real-life weeks have passed between the simulation of two Grand Prix weekends or the administration changes as defined in §1.3.c. The administration is entitled to re-order the waiting list in accordance to the order in which the requested re-affirmations are undertaken.
3.i) A user can decide to take control of a bankrupt team and drop control of his current team if given approval by the administration. His old team is then declared bankrupt even if the conditions as defined in §2.3.c are not fulfilled.
4) A new user entering the game is awarded a new team. Any new team must give the administration a name, a nationality and a backstory to explain its entry into Alternate Formula One. Should a user decline to enter Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era when an entry becomes available, he is entitled to return to the top of the waiting list. Should a user decline to enter Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era two times, he is automatically placed at the bottom of the waiting list should he choose to return to the waiting list.
4.a) The budget of the new teams is determined through calculating the average of all budgets of the teams that have not been declared bankrupt by the administration (excluding the three richest team remaining).
4.b) Should the administration consider any supplied name and/or backstory insufficient, it may deny the entry. If an entry is denied, the user may choose a different name and backstory until an acceptable entry is achieved.
4.c) When a new user enters the game, he may, at the start of his first season, choose to continue using the identity of the team of the user that has been excluded to free up his entry. Should he do so, his team will be, in addition to the budget for new teams, be paid €10,000,000. Furthermore, the team is, with the exception of the prize money, entitled to all benefits that follow from last year's World Constructors Championship results of the identity. This rule can be voided by the administration if needed for storyline purposes or at the request of the excluded user if he was excluded as defined in §2.3.e. In case the team of the user that has been excluded from the game is a works team as defined in §4.2.c, the new user taking entering the game is treated as if he has made this decision unless the administration decides otherwise.
4.d) If a team is declared bankrupt even if the conditions as defined in §2.3.c are not fulfilled and the user decides to keep the identity of the team of the user excluded as defined in §2.5.c, the user keeps the budget of the team at the end of the season plus any prize money for the prize money from last year's World Constructors Championship results of the identity if that amount is higher than the budget a new team would receive as defined in §2.4.a.
4.e) Nationality in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era is defined as any member or observer state of the United Nations, the fictional state of Tropico, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (until 2047).
4.f) Teams can freely change their nationality after the conclusion of an Alternate Formula One season.
5) If a user is excluded mid-season, the first member of the waiting list is installed as the caretaking user. He inherits all contracts and chassis of the current team. At the end of the season, he goes through the same process as defined in §1.4. If there are no users on the waiting list or the sole member of the waiting list either refuses entry into Alternate Formula One or is not seen as suitable for running a works team as defined in §2.3.a, the administration will be installed as the caretaking user.
5.a) If the administration is installed as caretaking user during the season, it is not entitled to hire or release drivers or otherwise spend money except for participation in the mid-season test as defined in §5.2.
6) All teams have, at all times, a budget, representing their financial capabilities.
6.a) The budgets, as well as all other financial matters in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era, are measured in Euro.
6.b) Any transfer of money from or towards teams may only be undertaken in amounts rounded to a full million. Amounts not rounded are only allowed for the transfer of the payment defined in §4.3.e and for bonus payments defined in §5.4.d and for driver wages as defined in §4.3 for the 2020 season.
6.c) Teams can freely transfer their budget to other teams, but must justify their reasoning to the administration unsolicited. If the administration considers the reasoning insufficient, it can cancel the transfer as it sees fit.
6.d) Any transfer between teams must be verified by both parties to the administration before it becomes valid.
7) For a fee of €10,000,000, a team can be renamed after the conclusion of an Alternate Formula One season. The administration is entitled to permit name changes without paying this fee as it sees fit. A works team as defined in §4.2.c may only be renamed with permission from the administration.
1) Every team that is not a works team will be offered a main sponsorship contract by two sponsors at the start of the season, which will pay out €50,000,000 for teams finishing in P10 to P13 in last year's World Constructors Championship, €35,000,000 for teams finishing in P5 to P9 in last year's World Constructors Championship and €15,000,000 for teams finishing in P1 to P4 in last year's World Constructors Championship for hiring a driver from one out of eight possible Target Regions assigned randomly to each sponsor by the administration as it sees fit. Should the team not sign a driver from the Target Region, the sponsor will pay out €15,000,000 for teams finishing in P10 to P13 in last year's World Constructors Championship, €5,000,000 for teams finishing in P5 to P9 in last year's World Constructors Championship and €2,000,000 for teams finishing in P1 to P4 in last year's World Constructors Championship.
1.a) The actual companies behind those sponsors are chosen by the administration as it sees fit.
1.b) Any team may retain the chosen sponsor four times. This goes effect only goes back to 2019, so any sponsor retained in 2020 will be considered retained for the first time. Any team retaining its identity as defined in §2.4.c will have start the count anew.
1.c) New teams are treated like they finished P5 to P9 in last year's World Constructors Championship to determine the amount paid out as defined in §3.1.
2) Any Target Region driver must compete in all Grand Prix weekends of the respective Alternate Formula One season, unless injury or bans prevent a driver under contract to appear in a Grand Prix weekend. A driver from a Target Region condition can be released, as long as he is replaced with a driver that is from the same region.
2.a) Should a team fail to sign a new Target Region driver after releasing or temporarily replacing their previous Target Region driver, they must return an amount of money equal to the difference between the money paid out for the Target Region driver and the money they would have received for not signing a Target Region driver. This repayment is independent on how many Grand Prix weekends have passed since the signing of the contract.
3) A Target Region driver is hired when a driver has the nationality of any nation within the specific Target Region.
3.a) In case of the administration making a factual error regarding overseas territories or similar topics or the map proving unclear, the administration will decide in which region a specific driver belongs as it sees fit. This also applies to dual nationalities and other fringe cases.
3.b) Cnce during his career in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era any fictional driver may change his nationality if a sufficient in-character reasoning is provided. This change can only be made once, may never be reversed and must be made after the end of the season before the change is to take place and before the end of the driver market of the season the change is to take place.
4) Switching sponsors during the season is prohibited.
5) Before the third-to-last Grand Prix weekend of a season, the rankings in the World Constructors Championship and the budget rankings of the teams are combined into one ranking. The two lowest teams on that ranking are entitled to hire a driver from the country hosting the final Grand Prix weekend of the season to temporarily replace one of their drivers. This driver may replace a Target Region driver without loss of the money paid out for the Target Region driver as defined in §3.2.a.
1) Every team must build a new car at the start of a new season. A car consists of two elements: the chassis and the motor.
1.a) A team must provide an in-character designation for the chassis. The user running the team can entrust the administration with the task.
1.b) Any user may imply in-character that the chassis built by his team is reused from the previous seasons or purchased from another team, unless the administration decides that rule changes in or out of character would make such a decision break the willing suspension of disbelief. This does not free that team from the obligation to build a new car as defined in §4.1.
2) At least two and at most seven motor manufacturers are always available to sign engine contracts with. They are represented through so-called "works teams".
2.a) A works team is a team run by a user who has chosen to also manage the motor supply for other teams..
2.b) Before the start of the development system defined in §4.2.e, any team can apply to the administration to either become a works team or stop being a works team, depending on its current status. The administration is entitled to decide whether the application is accepted or not as it sees fit. If the application is accepted, another application may not be handed in for six seasons after the approved application.
2.c) The works teams provide a hydrogen fuel cell electric motor.
2.d) Every season, the performance of all engines are determined through a development system which begins with the tenth-to-last Grand Prix weekend of the season.
3) Each works team is responsible for agreeing on engine contracts with the so-called "customer teams".
3.a) There is no upper limit to the length of an engine contract, but engine contracts can only be agreed on in full seasons.
3.b) Works teams have an infinite engine contract with themselves for an engine price of €0.
3.c) Engine contracts may contain clauses that specify additional conditions and privileges.
3.d) Any financial clauses will exclusively be accounted for at the start of the season following the point the clause is fulfilled, regardless of whether the contract is still active at that time.
3.e) If the administration considers a clause unclear, the administration will read the clause in the most advantageous way for the works team.
3.d) Modifying an engine contract during the season is forbidden, except adding additional clauses if both the customer and the works team agree to do so.
3.f) If a user is excluded from Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era, engine deals of the user's team are voided before the start of the Lead Designer Market of the following season, unless new user decides to keep the identity of the team of the user excluded as defined in §2.5.c., in which case the works team may unilaterally decide to continue the contract.
3.f) After the eleventh-to-last Grand Prix weekend of the season, 10% of the engine price is added to the budget of the works team to be used as funding for the development system as defined in §4.2.d.
3.g) Should a customer team fail to come to an agreement with any works team, the administration will look at all potential offers made to said team. Should it find any of those reasonable in relation to the prices other customer teams pay, it will order the customer team in question to accept the offer. Should it find none of the offers reasonable, the works team with the highest amount of customers will be ordered to sell to said team at the price paid by the lowest team under contract, excluding the contract as defined in §4.3.b.
4) Every team must build a chassis at the start of the year. Building a completely new chassis during the season is prohibited. The grip value of the chassis is determined by three separate factors: the Lead Designer, the Design Concept and the Personnel.
4.a) If a user is asked to run a second team as defined by §2.3.b, he is to build a chassis for each of his teams and can pick one of them which is used for both teams.
5) Lead designers can only be hired at the start of a season.
5.a) Any unemployed lead designer can be signed by a team with the team chosen by the designer decided by a RNG weighted by in accordance to the following formula "100/(Offering Team's Last Year's World Constructors Championship position/Years Offered)"; new teams as defined in §4 are for the purpose of this formula treated as if they finished P14.
5.b) Lead designers can be signed for up to eight years and cannot be sacked during an active contract.
5.c) Every even season, the performance of all lead designers is randomly modified by the administration.
6) At the start of the year, each team hands in an upgrade plan to the administration, stating if, when and how they want to apply upgrades. Any upgrade takes three Grand Prix weekends from either building the chassis or the last upgrade to develop.
6.a) The cost of any upgrade is only subtracted from the budget of the team applying it at the point where its effect becomes active.
6.b) Any team may, during the seventh-to-last Grand Prix weekend of the season, cancel the remaining upgrades on their upgrade plan at no cost, move any outstanding upgrades unless a move would cause a violation of the development period as defined in §4.6 and add upgrades of any type for the fifth-to-last and/or the second-to-last Grand Prix weekend of the season, unless that would cause a violation of the development period as defined in §4.6.
6.c) Should a team use upgrades in a manner that improves their car performance to the point where it exceeds the performance levels possible with the game mechanics, the difference between the mathematical performance and the actual performance is paid out to the team at the start of the following season.
7) No team can build a new car that is, by grip, more than five places below their previous year's World Constructors Championship position. Should this occur, the car is boosted as needed to move the team by raw performance into the nearest eligible position (e.g. the winners of last year's World Constructors Championship cannot possibly build any worse than the sixth-best car).
1) Each team must at any time employ two racing drivers and may employ one "third driver"; both real-life drivers and fictional drivers are permitted.
1.a) Drivers that compete in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era must do so under their given name and surname, which are written in all cases in Western naming order. Noms de guerre are prohibited, unless they represent a common shortening of the driver's actual given name or surname. Should a driver have multiple given or surnames, the administration will decide which names are used in competition as it sees fit.
2) Any driver between the age of 16 and 46 at the start of the calendar year he is under contract is permitted to compete in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era. Drivers above that age limit who are still under contract can continue to compete in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era and may sign new contracts with the team they are currently under contract with.
2.a) Drivers representing an AI are not subject to the age limit defined in §5.2, but may only be hired after fulfilling at least one four-year contract as Simulator Tester as defined in §5.4.b. Their system designation is used as their real name as defined in §5.1.a
3) Drivers can be signed at the start of the year as well as at any point during the season, except during a Grand Prix weekend. There is no limit to the amounts of offers to drivers a team can make to free agents.
3.a) No driver can be hired whilst the position he is to be hired for is still occupied by another driver.
3.b) Each team is limited to five different racing drivers during the season unless force majeure forces a team to hire more drivers.
4) During the Driver Market at the start of the year, each team may offer contracts to any number of drivers for each of the three driver spots available to each team. These contracts must specify the role of the driver, the driver's wage, the contract duration and state additional clauses, if applicable.
4.a) A driver can have one of two roles: racing driver or third driver. The two racing drivers are the drivers that actively compete during the Grand Prix weekend. The third driver has one out of two specific, predetermined jobs. A third driver may either be a Driver Coach or Simulator Driver.
4.b) These are the possible jobs of third drivers and the requirements to serve in that job:
Driver Coach - improves the performance of any driver under the age of 25 (requirement: third driver must be 30 years or older at the start of the calendar year he is under contract).
Simulator Tester - improves the performance of the driver when used as racing driver in the following seasons (requirement: third driver must be 25 years or younger at the start of the calendar year he is under contract)
4.c) The job of the third driver must be determined at the start of the contract and may only be changed once the contract has concluded or has been terminated.
4.d) Any third driver is not subject to the age limit defined in §5.2.
4.c) Contract duration must either be stated in a number of years or a number of Grand Prix weekends. If the duration is stated in number of Grand Prix weekends and that number exceeds the number of the scheduled Grand Prix weekends (remaining, in case of a mid-season contract) in the season the contract was signed, the agreed wage must be paid again at the start of the following season(s).
4.d) Clauses specify additional conditions and privileges of the contract sides not covered in other parts of the contract.
4.e) Teams may only offer a financial bonus to a driver for World Drivers' Championship and/or World Constructors Championship position and/or beating their teammate over the course of a full season. Any bonus may not be staggered, but can only be paid out a lump sum for any given achievement.
4.f) A financial bonus for beating their teammate is only paid out to a driver if both he and his teammate competed in all Grand Prix weekends of any full season.
4.g) If the administration considers a clause unclear, the administration will read the clause in the most advantageous way for the driver.
4.h) Wages for drives must be paid out in full millions.
5) For real-life drivers, a RNG will determine whether he signs the contract. The RNG values will be determined by the administration based on the real-life persona if the real-life driver as well as his previous actions in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era and Alternate Formula One - Manufacturer Era.
5.a) Any RNG result is final, unless there is reasonable doubt about the quality of the RNG values.
6) For fictional drivers, the respective DEC holder determines whether a contract offer is accepted.
6.a) The administration can modify any contract with a fictional driver at any time if it considers the contract either unfairly advantageous to the team hiring the driver or egregiously inconsistent with the actions of the character in previous appearances.
7) A team may release any driver from his contract before the start of any Grand Prix weekend.
7.a) If a team releases a driver before his contract is over, he is entitled to compensation unless a clause justifies his release or states there is no compensation to be paid.
7.b) The compensation is calculated according to this formula: (annual wage * number of years left on contract) * 1.5.
7.c) If a team temporarily replaces a real-life driver before his contract is over, he is entitled to the same compensation, unless a clause justifies his replacement. If a team temporarily replaces a fictional driver, it is decided by the administration whether the fictional driver is entitled to the same compensation as it sees fit.
7.d) To return a driver to his agreed role, no additional wage must be paid.
7.e) During an unjustified temporary replacement, any other team may sign the driver to a contract if the original team is given €4,000,000 as compensation.
7.f) Regardless of any clauses, any real-life driver can be sacked without paying compensation if the driver has scored less than 10 % of the points of his teammate at least eight Grand Prix weekends after the start of his contract if said teammate has scored at least 30 points. This rule only applies if both the real-life driver to be sacked and the teammate he is compared to have competed in all Grand Prix weekends since the start of his contract.
7.g) Any fictional driver can be sacked without paying compensation if the DEC owner has made in-character comments that can be interpreted as a desire to leave the team or excessive criticism of the team as defined by the administration.
7.h) Driver contracts of bankrupt teams with real-life drivers can be terminated without paying compensation by the new user if he decides to keep the identity as defined in §2.4.c. Driver contracts of teams of excluded users with fictional drivers can be terminated by either side if the fictional driver is offered a contract by another team. Should a driver become incapable of competing in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era due to injury, bans or acts of god for more than six consecutive Grand Prix weekends, his contract can be voided by
7.i) Any rules regarding temporary replacements do not apply when the driver is unavailable to compete due to injury, exclusions from Grand Prix weekends or force majeure.
7.j) Any replacement driver signed to replace a driver that is unavailable to compete due to injury, bans or acts of god do not need to be paid any wage, insurance covering those costs.
8) The administration is entitled to cancel any offer for real-life drivers it considers unable to compete in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era at a reasonably competitive level. It must explain its reasoning for doing so unsolicited to the user making the offer.
9) Active Alternate Formula One drivers can freely participate in other series sharing a fictional universe with Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era.
9.a) Any time paradoxes resulting as a consequence of double-dutying will be punished by having said driver banned from Alternate Formula One for five calendar years from the weekend where the time paradox was caused and any other DECs (in case of fictional drivers) owned by that user being banned for the rest of the currently running season.
9.b) In case of a real-life driver having an unresolved schedule conflict, the team-owning user in question will be excluded from the game, regardless of whether he owns the team in the other series causing the paradox unless the series owner of that series has caused the paradox by allowing the driver in question to sign in the series despite having known about the driver's Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era commitment, running the real-life driver in a race he was not supposed to and refusing to rerun the race or modifying their schedule to deal with the time paradox.
10) Any driver, after signing their first contract in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era can pick freely any unused racing number from 2-99 to represent them for the entirety of their entire career.
10.a) For the first season with this numbering system, the selection process as defined in §5.10 is undertaken in the order of the previous World Drivers' Championship standings.
10.b) The racing numbers for real-life drivers are chosen by the administration as it sees fit. Fictional drivers have their number selected by the team owner of the team they begin their career with.
10.c) Any replacement driver that is to replace a driver that is subject to a replacement uses the racing number of the driver he is replacing. Should the replacement be in the cockpit for more than eight Grand Prix weekends or the team decide to make the replacement permanent as defined in §5.7, he is instead treated as if he has signed his first contract or uses his reserved racing number as defined in §5.10.e.
10.d) Racing numbers may only be changed in the situation defined in §5.10.e.
10.e) Any driver's number is reserved for his use up to three years after the driver leaves Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era. A new driver starting his career in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era may pick a reserved racing number. Should a driver for whom a racing number is reserved for return to Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era, the procedure depends on the status of the driver:
Real-life drivers will be returned their number if the driver with the racing number is a fictional driver
Fictional drivers will not be returned their number if the driver with the racing number is a real-life driver
Real-life drivers will not be returned their number if the driver with the racing number is a real-life driver unless the administration decides to execute a number swap
Fictional drivers will be returned their number if the driver with the racing number is a fictional driver unless both DEC owners agree to execute a number swap
10.f) The reigning World Drivers' Champion will run racing number 1 for the entirety of the season after winning the World Drivers' Championship. His standard racing number will not be available for use by any driver beginning their career in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era. Any replacement driver that is to replace the World Drivers' Champion is treated as if he has signed his first contract or uses his reserved racing number as defined in §5.10.e, regardless of the length of the replacement.
11) The performance of a driver in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era is determined by the Administration on basis of previous achievements in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era, any series sharing a fictional universe with Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era and real-life performance for real-life drivers.
1) Each Alternate Formula One season consists of at least fourteen and at most twenty-four Grands Prix weekends.
1.a) Each Grand Prix weekend is to represent a separate region or a nation.
1.b) A region or nation may be represented by a venue outside of said region or nation.
1.c) The representation as defined in §6.1.b may only be done by venues which are in a nation already having a Grand Prix. No nation may have more than three venues on the calendar and no more than two different nations may have more than one venue on the calendar.
1.d) The Grand Prix weekends of the upcoming season must be announced after the fifth-to-last Grand Prix weekend of the previous season and may not be changed after that, with the exception of Grand Prix weekend order, which may be changed until the start of the first Grand Prix weekend of the season.
1.e) Any Grand Prix weekend can be canceled by the administration for any reason at any point unless the cancelation would cause the number of Grand Prix weekends in a season to sink below fourteen.
1.f) If at least six users running a team in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era object to the announced Grand Prix weekends for the upcoming season or a cancelation of a Grand Prix weekend, the administration must provide a new announcement of Grand Prix weekends or a reasoning for the cancellation respectively.
2) Championship points are handed out to the ten best-placed classified drivers of a race as defined in §6.4 after penalties and exclusions as defined in §6.8 have been applied. A driver is considered classified if he has completed at least ninety percent of the race distance. Should less than ten drivers have completed at least ninety percent of the race distance, that value is reduced until ten drivers can be considered classified.
2.a) The active points system is 15-12-10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.
2.b) The driver with the most points after all Grand Prix weekends have been completed is the Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era World Drivers' Champions of that season.
2.c) In case of a tie, the number of wins decide. If the number of wins is equal, the amount of second places decides and so on. Should all positions be equally shared between the tying parties, the number of pole positions decide. Should those be equal as well, the position is given to the driver whose team has the lower World Constructors Championship position.
2.d) The team with the most points after all Grand Prix weekends have been completed are the Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era World Constructors Champions of that season. All drivers entered by a team can score points for the team in the World Constructors Championship.
2.e) In case of a tie, the same tiebreaking approach defined in §6.2.c is applied for the tiebreaker with one exception: in case the number of pole positions does not break the tie, the position is given to the team who has the driver with the highest position in the World Drivers' Championship.
3) Before two selected Grand Prix weekends within the season, which must be announced by the administration before the fourth Grand Prix weekend of the season, mid-season tests are held.
3.a) During a mid-season test teams can work an upgrade in three separate sessions. Following sessions are available:
Short Runs - improves qualifying pace. For every day invested into car development, the maximum qualifying grip of a car will be raised by 10-40 points.
Long Runs - improves race pace. For every day invested into long runs, the maximum race grip of a car will be raised by 10-40 points.
Driver Performance - allows your drivers to improve. For every day invested into driver performance, the driver chosen will improve his performance by a small bit for the rest of the season.
Talent Evaluation - enables your team to assess a driver.
3.b) A session in the mid-season costs €5,000,000
3.c) Each session needs to have a driver under contract to the team assigned to it. The choice of driver does not influence the outcome of the session.
3.d) Any driver not under contract with the team may be entered when the Talent Evaluation session is chosen.
4) A Grand Prix weekend consists of three thirty-minute practice sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (beginning in-character at 11:00 local time), two forty-minute qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday (beginning in-character at 14:10 local time), and a race on Sunday running over the nearest lap above 185 km (≈ 115 miles) or 120 minutes, whichever arrives first (beginning in-character at 14:10 local time).
4.a) Practice sessions are not simulated, but fictional results can be supplied as the administration sees fit. After every practice session an RNG with a two-percent chance for a major practice crash is run for every driver. If a driver is chosen by this method to have crashed in a practice session, another RNG with an eighty percent chance of nothing happening, a fifteen percent chance of a car being unable to compete in the qualifying/race session of that day and a five percent chance of the driver suffering an injury is run.
4.b) The in-character times for any qualifying session and any race can be changed to 21:40 local time at venues with floodlights. If that change is made, the practice sessions begin at 13:00 local time.
4.c) All qualifying sessions and races have climate conditions determined by the administration as it sees fit.
4.d) Any session can be canceled in progress ("red-flagged") by the administration as it sees fit. If less than 75 percent of the scheduled race distance is completed before the race is canceled, the championship points as defined in §6.2.a are halved.
4.e) After any race, the administration runs a RNG for any crash regarding potential injuries as it sees fit. An injury is defined as a period of time (in Grand Prix weekends) in which a driver is incapable of competing. These periods can range from one Grand Prix weekend to the number of Grand Prix weekends equivalent to three calendar years. If the crash is considered severe enough, instead of an injury, the driver is outright declared incapable of competing in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era anymore. This does not affect the driver's ability to compete in other series sharing a fictional universe. If at least six users running a team in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era object to an injury, it is removed and the driver is able to compete again.
4.f) Sessions are only re-run if the administration has violated any rule during the running of the session. If at least threes users running a team in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era consider the rule violation too insignificant to require rerunning the session, the session will not be re-run.
5) Before the start of a Alternate Formula One season, the following business stages are to be done in this order:
Lead Designer Market
6) At the conclusion of the driver market, sponsor income is added to the balance of all teams.
6.a) After that step is completed, all budgets of the teams must be either at or above €0. During the season, teams may only be in the minus as consequence of executing an upgrade plan, as a result of fines as defined in §6.8 or failing to sign a new Target Region driver after releasing or temporarily replacing their previous Target Region driver and being forced to return the sponsorship money as defined in §2.a.
6.b) Drivers of teams that are in the minus during the season suffer a loss of performance reflected in a higher performance variance.
7) Prize money will be applied to the budget of all teams both for individual race results as well as position in the World Constructors Championship.
7.a) Prize money for the position in the World Constructors Championship is to be assigned as follows:
|Position||Price + TV money|
7.b) Prize money for each Grand Prix weekend, based on the position of the best-positioned car of the team, is to be assigned as follows::
|Bonus for pole position||€1,000,000|
7.d) Any user running two teams as defined in §2.3.b must pick one of these teams to determine the prize money as defined in §6.7.b before the start of the first Grand Prix weekend.
8) The administration will apply penalties for rule violations committed before, during or after the race.
8.a) Penalties can be applied as either fines for the team of the offender, warnings, time penalties for this and/or the next Grand Prix, exclusion from the Grand Prix result, grid penalties for the next Grand Prix weekend or exclusion from any number of Grand Prix weekends up to four, depending on the severity of the infringement.
8.b) Penalties are always assigned to a driver, regardless of whether the driver or his team committed the rule violation.
8.c) If a driver is replaced, any penalties assigned to the driver will not be transmitted to the new driver.
8.d) If a driver is considered to have committed an unacceptable number of rule violations by the administration, the driver in question will be excluded from the remainder of the current season as well as the next two seasons. If at least threes users running a team in Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era object to the exclusion, it is reversed and the driver is entitled to rejoin Alternate Formula One - Hydrogen Era at the start of the following season.