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    Following the announcement of PlayON as the Official Daily Fantasy Partner of Formula 1, F1 fans can now enjoy two Formula 1 Fantasy games, both of which allow you to become team principal, devise your strategy, make the big calls and manage your team throughout the 2018 season…

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    The Official Traditional Fantasy Formula 1 game is now live at fantasy.formula1.com, with PlayON also operating the first Official Daily Fantasy Formula 1 game, now live at www.playon.co/f1

    Both enable you to pick a team of five drivers and one constructor for each race, with points being awarded for finishing positions, positions gained and fastest lap, amongst others. The fantasy team structure is the same for both games to encourage fan interaction between the two.

    How to play

    Choose five drivers and one constructor, staying within your budget of $100m. Your team will score points during each race and qualifying session. At each race you’ll have to nominate one of your drivers to receive the turbo boost and double their points haul – but you’ll need to balance risk against reward, because as well as the bonuses on offer, there are penalties at stake. Every driver wants to beat their team mate and you’ll get extra points if they do. And if your driver can work their way up through the field, there are points to be gained for that too.

    Join a league

    Pit your skills against F1 fans from around the world – the games are tailored to local audiences and offered in local languages. Or set up your own mini league and play against your friends.

    Stay up to date

    Follow @F1 and make sure you’re up to date with the very latest news from the paddock to help with your selections. Once the green light shows for qualifying your team is locked until the end of the race, so make sure you’ve made any changes to your line-up in plenty of time. Start playing now

    More on Formula 1 and PlayON

    Formula 1 and PlayON have become strategic partners in the dynamic and fast-growing fantasy sports market. PlayON becomes the Official Daily Fantasy Partner of Formula 1, to include the integration of live Formula 1 Grands Prix via F1’s new OTT service F1 TV, onto the PlayON platform in key markets.

    As part of the tie-up, Formula 1 becomes an equity shareholder in PlayON at a company valuation of £30m. This marks the first time Formula 1 has taken an equity stake in an external company and is indicative of its new long-term digital strategy. PlayON is an international sports entertainment company with registered customers from over 100 countries. On the back of this strategic partnership with Formula 1, PlayON will be entering the US market in 2018.

    The partnership allows Formula 1 to make a significant investment in fantasy sports and reach an even wider and younger audience, and provides PlayON with access to the millions of Formula 1 fans around the world.

    Frank Arthofer, Head of Digital and New Business at Formula 1 said: “Formula 1 is continuously looking for ways to engage with new audiences, particularly in the digital space. Fantasy Sports is an exciting industry and offers us the opportunity to engage with a young and vibrant fan base. We believe in PlayON, its product, leadership, and its strict approach to regulation, only operating real-money games in territories that have a clearly established regulatory framework in place: this enables F1 to enter the daily fantasy market without concern over legality. We believe PlayON’s approach is the right one for long-term success in the industry.”

    Killian Jones, Founder and CEO at PlayON said: “PlayON is pleased to be entering this partnership with Formula 1 - the global appeal of Formula 1 makes it an ideal strategic partner. A key aspect of the deal relates to the live Formula 1 races being present on the PlayON platform. The combination of live sport and PlayON’s daily fantasy games will provide a fully immersive entertainment experience to our customers around the world. PlayON’s goal is to deliver the ultimate digital sports entertainment experience to sports fans and we look forward to working closely with the Formula 1 team in pursuit of this goal. In light of the regulatory environment around daily fantasy sports now being clearly established in multiple US states, PlayON today announces it will enter the US market in 2018 and will establish a US office to fuel our expansion efforts in North America.”

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