It’s finally here. Football and Formula 1. The formula 1 grid finds itself in the lone star state this weekend for the United States Grand Prix at COTA. After winning the championship last week in Suzuka, Max Verstappen and 19 other top drivers will try to conquer the windy, technical, and wide-open Circuit of the Americas.
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing $19,200
The 2022 World Champion starts in P2 and can easily run down Carlos Sainz in race pace, a sight familiar to all Formula 1 watches this year, as the Ferrari loves to take the pole but not convert the top spot into a win.
Carlos Sainz $16,800 Ferrari With his fellow Ferrari teammate starting in P12 after taking grid penalties, Carlos Jr. finds himself with this Ferrari first on the grid. Carlos has been known to make mistakes under pressure, but if he can survive the race start, his Ferrari is just as fast as Max, and I could see him contending for the win.
Lewis Hamilton $15,300 Mercedes When the proverbial “they” say there are horses for courses, they were talking about Lewis Hamilton at COTA. The dude loves this track. Mercedes has brought upgrades specifically for this race and Lewis and teammate George Russel are set to reap the benefits. I also think Mercedes’s $10,300 is a fantastic pay-up option for the constructor position.
George Russell $8400 as previously mentioned Mercedes has a car worthy of the fight this weekend. George has been second fiddle this weekend to Lewis but is just as capable as anyone of holding position or gain spots.
Sergio Perez $9800, starting in P9 won’t matter that much when you pilot the fastest car on the grid. Expect Sergio to gain places and fight for the podium. Fitting in George or Sergio would be difficult, so using either of them in a large field GPP makes a lot of sense.
Aston Martin drivers, Seb Vettel $6000, and Lance Stroll $4400 The Aston Martin has taken to this track so well this weekend. Finishing Free Practice 3 in 8th and 9th, qualifying in P10 and P5 respectively. Seb has a history of running into trouble here at COTA, but using the Astons as value pieces will probably be a popular move this afternoon.
Lando and Fernando, they should start a band, are always worthy of roster allocation. The problem is their price. Also, the McLaren looks a little off this weekend, and Fernando starts outside the top 10. Which could be interesting to use as a contrarian piece with overtaking upside.
Pierre Gasly $5600 Alpha Tauri Pierre seems to remain within a few spots of 10th, whether it be practice results or qualifying. A worthy value option.
Another Value option is Valterri Bottas $5200 Valterri came out the gate on fire this season, then cooled off tremendously throughout the season. Another person who races COTA well and a car with upgrades, give me some Valterri for my DK lineups.
Albon‘s $4000 makes him a great value.
KMag $4800 Mick looks off this weekend. KMag can take advantage.
I need to get more booze for this race. COTA is a fun one, especially with football on as well. Just have fun with this one and let’s watch some excellent racing.
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 United States Grand Prix, October 2022.
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