Welcome to the 21st Grand Prix weekend of the season, this one coming live from Sao Paolo, Brazil. Interlagos is a quick 2.7-mile lap and tends to be the most eventful race track with lots of overtakes and safety cars. We had a sprint race this Saturday which set the starting grid position for the Grand Prix on Sunday. Here in this article, I will get more in-depth on the top options for this week’s F1 DraftKing’s contests.
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing $20,700
Max over his last 4 races has produced 28.2 DKP and beat his teammate 3 out of 4 times. Here at Interlagos Max has 4 top 5s with 1 win. After starting the sprint race in P2 Max’s car was damaged as Carlos Sainz overtook him. Max starts the race on Sunday in P4 and has demonstrated an ability to overtake those around him with relative ease. He doesn’t have much to prove this weekend and has complained openly that his car is difficult to turn in the corners. I’ll have my shares but might go with a few more valuable drivers in the top captain spot.
George Russell Mercedes $14,700 George has scored 10.63 DKP over his last 4 races, not once beating Lewis Hamilton over the span.
George started the sprint race from the 3rd position. He took advantage of the overqualified Haas falling back from the pole and overtook Max V with 10+ laps to go to cruise to a relatively comfortable maiden win. He has the car to perform here, which makes him worthy of a lineup as captain if he can convert P1 into his first Grand Prix win.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes $15,900
Lewis loves Interlagos! Starting the sprint race in P8 Lewis did what he does here and found his way to the steps of the podium, finishing 3rd. With K-Mag, Lando, and Carlos falling back, Esteban and Fernando exchanging friendly fire, Lewis drove past them and was able to overtake a struggling Max V to finish 3rd.
Lewis has scored 17.6 DKP over the last 4 beating his teammate in all 4 races. Interlagos is like a highlight reel for Lewis Hamilton. In his last 4 races here he has 4 top 5s, with 2 wins. He won from P10 once here and finished 4th after starting 20th from the pit lane. There’s a reason he is an adopted son of Brazil, and the way he owns Interlagos, it might as well be a home track.
Sergio Perez Red Bull $14,100
Sergio has scored 22 DKP over his last 4, only beating Max last time out in Mexico over the last 4 races. he was very fast in free practice and could contend for a win coming from outside the top 3. I like Sergio’s chances here.
Charles Leclerc Ferrari $10,800
Leclerc scored 14.53 DKP over the last 4 races, defeating his teammate in 3 out of the last 4 races. Charles has 2 top 10s here, no wins, and no podiums. Starting from P10, Charles just kind of ran his sprint race. He picked up 4 spots, but they felt hollow. Taking advantage of the overqualified Haas and McLaren, and the damaged/penalized Alpine. Ferrari might be back this weekend but it’s hard to tell from Charles Leclerc’s side of the garage. He should finish in the points and beat his teammate who has a grid penalty for changing his engine which makes him a valuable option for our DK lineups.
Lando Norris $7600 McLaren
Lando has scored 9.75 DKP beating his teammate 75% of the last 4 races. McLaren’s pace was on full display in the sprint race. Meaning, Lando lacked the pace to keep up with the Red bull, Ferrari, and Mercedes; Lando was +12 seconds to Charles Leclerc demonstrating the point clearly, Lando’s McLaren is the 7th fastest car on the grid. Incidents in front of him will have to occur for him to move up, and the cars immediately behind him aren’t much of a threat, outside the Alpines. Lando should maintain value here.
Sebastian Vettel $5600 Aston Martin
Vettel and Lewis really perform well at Interlagos. Vettel’s dominance was apparent when he had the Ferrari to pilot, as he had one race win and 1 top 10, both with Ferrari. However, with his last two appearances here at Interlagos in the hunter-green of Aston Martin, Seb has finished outside the top 10 in both races. During the sprint race, he was really only able to beat Pierre Gasly as the other spots he gained were by the Alpines and the DNF of Alex Albon. He might be properly placed in P9 and could realistically hold onto it + or – 1 position to return value.
Kevin Magnussen $4000 Haas
It was fun to watch but K-Mag predictably fell back after the 3rd lap, having overqualified for the sprint race. He isn’t too far forward however as he starts the Grad Prix from P8 and doesn’t have much threat to his race pace behind him. Vettel, Gasly, and Ricciardo are all behind him and Haas has shown an ability to keep those competitors at bay. Kevin has scored 6.5 DKP and beat his teammate 3 out of the last 4. He does have a DNF here and a top-10 finish. For a Value play, you can’t ask for much more at $4000.
Interlagos is fun and with the sprint race, I have a lot of notes on all the drivers that I just can’t put into this article. Therefore, I’ll be posting notes in Discord. One major note I did find was that the Constructor position had been the most valuable spot, Fantasy Points/$, by a vast margin. Even more valuable than the Captain option. Hit me up in Discord to pick my brain.
If you have questions please feel free to contact me in discord @tcuz86, or on Twitter @tcuz86. Have fun and thanks for reading Formula 1: Race Week Brazil Grand Prix, November 2022.
I am a 24 year old Canadian DFS player who has been playing since my 18th birthday. I am the 80th ranked NBA DFS player while playing exclusively on DraftKings. My best DFS sport is definitely basketball, but not just NBA. Euroleague is where I specialize, while WNBA is also a profitable sport for me. I do NHL, NFL and PGA as well, and have been an NHL and MLB writer in the past for Rotogrinders.
At WIN DAILY®, our motto is to “change your game and change your life.” Sure, we want to help you win that big DFS tournament. But we want you to have a greater enjoyment of Daily Fantasy Sports while you are doing it. Along the way, you also may learn some life lessons and gain some perspectives you may have never considered before.