Welcome to the 16th edition of Formula 1 Race Week: Dutch Grand Prix, September 2022 and happy Labor Day weekend.
Sunday DFS day of racing starts with Formula 1 on the Zandvoort, Netherlands circuit. A vastly different track compared to Spa. Zandvoort is a shorter track with more technical corners and lower overall straight line speed.
For our DFS purposes, the Dutch Grand Prix will feature more diverse winning lineup combinations. The Mercedes duo are in play this week. Certain midfield teams are producing, others not so much.
Here in this weeks edition of Formula 1 Race Week, let me help make the field clear and set some DFS lineups, featuring…
Formula 1: DFS Top Captain Options
Max Verstappen, Red Bull, $18,000
Zandvoort is a vastly different track compared to Spa, but what doesn’t change is Max’s super quick Red Bull. Last week he showed what he can do starting from the back of the grid, to get to P1 by the 13th lap and go for another Sunday cruise to victory lane. The field is closer this week (as Charles Leclerc has behind Max by .021 seconds) but they will all start behind 2021 Champ, Max Verstappen. Pole position matters a lot at Zandvoort.
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, $16,800
Charles was fastest in the first 2 sectors of his qualifying lap, but lost out to Max in sector 3.
Sergio Perez, Red Bull, $13,800
The Red Bull is aerodynamically superior to the rest of the field, as Sergio was just a few mph faster than Max. Sergio spun in the later minutes of Q3 which negated his chance of starting closer to the top. However, over taking should not be a problem for Sergio Perez, and others overtaking the best car on the grid is highly unlikely.
Formula 1: DFS Mid Tier options
The Merc drivers, Lewis Hamilton $10,000, and George Russell $8600 lead the mid-tier options in my opinion. Mercedes is in the mix this weekend as both Lewis and George ran well all weekend, and did not get to show their strengths in qualifying due to Sergio’s spin.
Lando Norris $7200 benefits from his teammate not making it out of Q1. Ricciardo is pressing, and its starting to show. Lando stands to benefit and be helpful to our DFS lines.
Formula 1: DFS Other options
Mick Schumacher, $3800, Haas looks to be quick around Zandvoort. He finds himself in the mix with Aston Martin and McLaren.
Lance Stroll $4600 has been getting the most out of his Aston Martin the past few races. The car has improved and Stroll finds himself in a top 10 position.
Formula 1: DFS Constructor options
Red Bull’s $12,000 With the top car on the grid, the Red Bull should be in majority of DFS F1 Constructor positions.
Ferrari, $11,500 In lock step with Red Bull, I will have my fair share of Ferrari, drivers and constructors.
Alpha Tauri $3200 I like how my lineups look with Alpha Tauri in the constructors spot. It does not hurt either that they are preforming well around the Zandvoort circuit.
Formula 1: Race Week Dutch Grand Prix DFS overall strategy
Zandvoort does not look like it will feature a ton of overtakes. So I will be playing light this Sunday. Furthermore, there’s a lot of obvious value so fitting in the top runners is kind of straightforward, which is nice as there are a few to choose from. In terms of the value plays, I do have some teammate hedges in bigger tournaments but am pretty much sticking to the qualifying grid.
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