The beginning of the new Formula One season sees the launch of two Web sites dedicated to motor sports enthusiasts. Fantasy Formula 1 (FF1), BBC Online's first commercial Web site, gives players a budget of #50 million to pick drivers, cars and engines. Extra points can be picked up through clever pitstop strategy, while a #3 million wild card insures managers against disaster.
First prize for the overall FF1 manager of the season will be a VIP trip for two to the 1998 Australian Grand Prix. Fantasy Formula 1 costs #10 to enter.
Uptime Media's version of the same competition differs in that players get #15 million and can get more cash through the season from virtual sponsorship deals. A player with cash in hand through the season can bargain for new engines and different drivers. The Web site contains current stats, latest team developments and sponsorship news. The cost of each team entry is #5 and entries are unlimited. Top prize is an overseas trip to an overseas Grand Prix. For more information check out the Fantasy F1 Web site at (www.f1-gp.com).
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