With a rain-impacted FP3, the Formula 1 train rolls on into La Circuit de Barcelona, home of pre-season testing. With the familiarity of the track, and the rain coming in limiting set-up qualifying runs, the grid is an unfamiliar one entering Sunday’s race. With the randomness at play, we are set up for a GPP player’s dream for F1 DFS as duplicate winning lineups should be limited. Things are about to get a lil wild in this edition of Formula 1 Race Week: Spanish Grand Prix.
Let’s get the easy one out of the way, it’s Max’s race to lose, probably even more so this weekend. Max Verstappen ($21,900/$14,600) and Red Bull Racing ($13,500) should once again be in the majority of lineups, doesn’t matter how you do it, just get them both in.
Sergio Perez’s ($11,400) Red Bull Rocketship will start from P11. A circuit like Barcelona leads to plenty of overtaking opportunities so seeing Sergio work his way into the top 10 is easy to see.
Red Bull is the only constant this weekend, the rest of the grid is fairly wide open.
The Astons ($9700) both start in the top 10 on Sunday as Fernando Alonso ($10,000) will start his home grand prix from P9. Alonso was well in the top 5 in Free Practice 1 and FP2 on Friday but being as he is kind of expensive at ($10,000) we really need him to beat Lance Stroll ($6600) and finish on the podium to make value.
Lance on the other hand was towards the backside of the grid during the practice sessions struggling to overcome the draggy Aston Martin. The last 2 races here have found Fernando Alonso outside the top 5 so jamming him in might not be a top-priority play and his teammate Stroll has not performed with much fanfare either as he has not finished in the top 10 here.
Charles Leclerc ($9000) is pressing right now and it’s produced some very lackluster results, his performance during quali was no different. Just like Fernando, Charles was P8 in Fp1 and P6 in Fp2, and now he starts from P19…how can I not have faith that last year’s Spanish Grand Prix winner can’t make it through the field and help my DraftKings Lineups.
Carlos Sainz ($7400) also has the backing of the Spanish fans as their fellow countryman pilots his scarlet Red Scuderia Ferrari SF-23 from P2 in an attempt to have a Spainaird on the top step. Being behind his teammate throughout the weekend, Carlos’ history here is nothing to overlook either as he has finished in the top ten over the last 3 Spanish Grand Prix races. What makes Ferrari ($9300) really interesting this weekend is the ability to play both drivers together in the same lineup, if Charles can make up spots the +5 in points for place differential makes him a solid DFS option.
George Russell ($8200) P12 and Lewis Hamilton ($9600) P5 do fine here. Lewis has won here multiple times including 2 of the last 3 races. However, the Mercedes ($8900) is a shell of itself. I can see the Mercs finishing both in the points making them a solid option for your non-Red Bull Racing lineups. In terms of the drivers, it’s expected of Lewis to beat George, but they are both even amongst themselves making neither a true priority.
Esteban Ocon ($6200) and Pierre Gasly ($5600) remind me of the Mercedes’ as both are fine options for a lineup, cash game, or GPP. Whichever makes it to your given lineup should be a statement of value. Same with Alpine ($5500) a value at constructor which should allow you to get in a Max and Carlos Sainz lineup.
I have to give the politician answer here, having exposure to both, maybe even 50/50 is a strategy the field will definitely implement, and it makes sense. In Multi entry GPPs have exposure to both, in single entries, you have to make a choice, and what you like in the other 5 positions will dictate your choice, as those other 5 spots are up in the air as well.
Of all the teams that shined on Saturday was McLaren ($4400) as both drivers start in the top 10. Oscar Piastri ($3800) will be popular this weekend as he is a good value play starting in the top 10. His teammate Lando Norris ($5800) starts in P3! Super excited to see what the McLarens can do, as they were a midfield team all weekend. Tough to see Lando keeping it in the podium spot, but if McLaren’s history is anything, the last 3 races here have featured a McLaren in the top 10.
Zhou Guanyu ($3400) unqualified teammate Valtteri Bottas ($4400) to put his Alfa in P13, compared to Bottas P16. Neither are priorities but make for good value plays.
Nico Hulkenberg ($4600) has had a history of putting his Haas into places it tends not to belong…like to the top 10. Starting in P8 Nico is in serious jeopardy of negative points. Tread lightly here. Teammate Kevin Magnussen ($4000) seems to fare better on Sunday making him the better play in my opinion.
AlphaTauri and Williams both seem to be in the same boat this weekend. Neither car is going to perform well here as this track really exposes cars’ weaknesses. DeVryes, Tsunoda, Albon, Sargent, mix and match if you’re playing multiple lineups but all these drivers are fine as last value plays and “off the wall” Captain plays for contrarian lineups
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