The 20th and 3rd to last race of the year commence at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, Mexico. The quick 2.7-mile lap requires grip in the turns, and a sturdy back end (phrasing) to push to the top levels. This circuit is about feeling. Car control. We are going to need some value to get to the sharp-end drivers, so let’s discuss this in this week’s edition of Formula 1: Race Week Mexico.
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing $19,500
It might be teammate Sergio Perez’s home race, but it’s Max Verstappen’s 2022 domination tour. We are set once again for Max to lead us away from the grid when the lights go out on Sunday afternoon. This Red Bull is just pure class. Mexico can be a tricky circuit, like I had said earlier, feel…well who needs “feel” when you can just take a sledgehammer to the track and dominate the way Max’s Red Bull does?! Max was 66% owned last week in the F1 $50k Grand Prix, 39.23% at Captain. It’s Max’s race to lose and I like those ownership percentages from last week, and I will duplicate those in my lineups this week.
George Russell Mercedes $12,900 George had a lap on hand that could have put him on the pole until he encountered trouble and drove off the track, ruining his lap and pole shot. However, the Mercedes has been sharp this weekend. The Mercedes pair of George Russell, Lewis Hamilton, and even the Merc in the constructor position are very lively this weekend. 40% seems to classify as “chalk” in F1 DFS and it’s safe to say, Lewis, George, and Mercedes will carry chalk levels of ownership. I think I’ll join that party.
For a true contrarian play, give Valterri Bottas, Alfa Romeo $9000, a shot. Even if you don’t want to take the risk of Valterri in the captain spot, he still makes for a good play this weekend. His Alfa Romeo has found itself in the top 10 after qualifying, in P6, and looks like it is taking to this circuit very well. Valtteri can be somewhat of a risk, so tread lightly.
Sergio Perez Red Bull $15,900 Checo Perez is in the sister Red Bull and this is Sergio’s home race. I’ll have a few shares with at least one in the captain position. Can’t hurt to try.
Lewis Hamilton $10,000 Mercedes has been the second-best car in Mexico, as the Ferraris looked and sound like they were struggling to put the power down to the wheels. With their struggles Lewis took full advantage in FP3 and later on in qualifying, qualifying P3. If incidents occur in front of him, I’m sure Lewis will be trying for his first win this season.
Lando Norris $7600 McLaren Starting in his usual back end of the top 10, P8 this week, Lando is a fine option. I think his ownership will be suppressed as he is not easy to fit him into DK lineups. If you’re playing multiple lines, have at least one Lando, he’s a shoo-in for double-digit fantasy points.
Fernando Alonso Alpine $7000 rounding out the top 10 of the grid, Fernando finds himself in P9. The Alpine has not looked great overall this weekend. They might have maxed out for qualifying, so I might be a little thin on this play.
Esteban Ocon Alpine $5400, the same as Alonso, but he’s inexpensive at $5400 and has been a consistent scorer.
Alex Albon Williams $4200 Albon’s Williams looked very fast this weekend, and he could have made it into Q2 to qualify better if he had not gotten caught out by some wind. He makes for a great value.
Yuki Tsunoda Alphatauri $3200 is cheap, tends to be popular at 20%, and rounds out a lineup nicely. This week the Alphatauri has been a sharp car. He’s warranted for a few rosters.
This race is nice because it tends to be action-packed and the atmosphere makes it fun to watch. I think I will be trying to play around more with different top constructors and Max in the captain spot for the majority of my lineups.
If you have questions please feel free to hit me up in discord @tcuz86, or on Twitter @tcuz86. Have fun and thanks for reading Formula 1: Race Week Mexico Grand Prix, October 2022.
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