January 03, 2014
Published on tags: Superleague

 

Two months after the last race of the 2013 season, the 2014 season gets underway today with the commencement of the bidding processes.

As the new Superleague season approaches, it is that time of year where the GPVWC Administration begin to think about the various bidding processes that each team must participate in to determine not only their engine supplier for the upcoming season, but also their personnel and commercial deals that will form the backbone of each team's efforts throughout the next twelve months.


At 10am today, the 3rd January, the bidding process for personnel will commence. The system remains largely unchanged from last year with the usual bid guidelines being applied. The 'bid points' process that was, last year, applied to personnel bids for the first time, will be utilised once again. For every point scored in the 2013 Constructors Championship, a team receives a 30 bid points bonus. For example, Team A bids 100,000 on a personnel member and they scored fifty points in the 2013 championship; this means that the total bid for Team A on that particular personnel member is 3,500 (100,000 bid = 1,000pts with a 1,500 bid bonus (50 points x 30).


In addition, any team bidding a member of personnel they had under contract for the 2013 season will see a 'loyalty' 500 pts bonus applied to said personnel member, with a boost of +1 on each attribute of that member of personnel to represent the benefits that a long term relationship with key figures of personnel can bring to a team.


The process for the first round of personnel bidding will conclude on the 5th January, with the second round of personnel bidding beginning immediately for any teams that were unsuccessful in their first attempt at negotiations. The second round of personnel bidding will then conclude on the 6th January; in the unlikely event that a third round be required, it will start immediately and end when all teams have bid.


On the 8th January the bid process for commercial deals will begin. This process remains free of adjustment when compared to the 2013 edition, with the first round of commercial bidding ending on the 10th January and the second round of commercial bidding beginning immediately for any teams that were unsuccessful in their first attempt at negotiations. The second round of commercial bidding will then conclude on 11th January; in the unlikely event that a third round be required, it will start immediately and end one day later, on the 12th January.


On the 13th January, the bid process for the engine deals will begin. Whilst there are only small adjustments when compared with the 2013 edition, it is important to highlight the changes so that you each remain fully informed.


As was the case last year, there will be only four engine suppliers from which you may choose for your bid, with a maximum of three customer contracts available for each of the four manufacturers - in addition to the works contracts that have already been assigned. However, unlike last year, there will be two options for each manufacturer, with both a 2014 [up to three available per manufacturer] and 2013 [up to one available per manufacturer] spec engine available. Whilst the 2014 spec engine will be operated under conditions experienced in 2013, with development being brought to the unit throughout the year, the engine will come at a higher cost in comparison to the available 2013 units, which may well start off with a slight edge on its modern counterpart, but risk falling behind as the season progresses, with no development potential available for the 2013 spec units.


As with last year, the highest bids for each engine supply are the ones that will win the contract. Any teams that are unsuccessful in this first round of bidding, which will conclude on the 15th January, will be required to participate in the second round of the engine bid process that begins immediately on the 15th and runs through till the 16th January. Again, in the unlikely event that a third round of the engine bid process is required, it will start immediately and end one day later on the 17th January - one week prior to the cars rolling out of the garage in Imola for the first pre-season test of the year.


As ever, the GPVWC Administration is here to assist you with any queries that you may have regarding any of the above; should you require any advice or assistance, please feel free to contact any member of the Administration so that we can do our best to help resolve your query.


Bidding - Important Dates


10am (GMT) 03-01-14 till 10am (GMT) 05-01-14 - Personnel Bidding Round 01

10am (GMT) 05-01-14 till 10am (GMT) 06-01-14 - Personnel Bidding Round 02

10am (GMT) 06-01-14 till 10am (GMT) 07-01-14 - Personnel Bidding Round 03


10am (GMT) 08-01-14 till 10am (GMT) 10-01-14 - Commercial Bidding Round 01

10am (GMT) 10-01-14 till 10am (GMT) 11-01-14 - Commercial Bidding Round 02

10am (GMT) 11-01-14 till 10am (GMT) 12-01-14 - Commercial Bidding Round 03


10am (GMT) 13-01-14 till 10am (GMT) 15-01-14 - Engine Bidding Round 01

10am (GMT) 15-01-14 till 10am (GMT) 16-01-14 - Engine Bidding Round 02

10am (GMT) 16-01-14 till 10am (GMT) 17-01-14 - Engine Bidding Round 03



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