Formula 1 continues its 2022 season ‘across the pond’ in the United States this weekend for the first ever Miami Grand Prix. We’ve all been clamoring for F1 Fantasy, and DraftKings stepped up, introducing its F1 DFS product recently, after the Drive To Survive Netflix documentary took over the racing world. This weekend’s set up is exciting as it is the first F1 race in America this season and the inaugural race in Miami at the Miami International Autodrome. So, we’ve got a lot to break down when considering our F1 DFS picks today.
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This will be the hottest track temperature we have seen all year which could benefit teams who have been lacking tire heat on their long runs. After the Free Practice results, it was expected that the Mercedes team had made some decent improvements, with many suggesting they may even be able to challenge for pole. Unfortunately for Mercedes fans, that was not the case as Lewis Hamilton qualified in 6th, almost a second off Charles Leclerc’s pole drive. George Russell wasn’t able to make it out of Q2 and will be starting in 12th position. Alpine’s Stephen Ocon was not able to participate in Qualifying today after hitting the wall in Free Practice 3 earlier on Saturday. Ocon will be starting in 20th place while his teammate, Fernando Alonso, will be starting in 11th on the grid.
The biggest surprise coming out of the Qualifying session was easily Lance Stroll making it to Q3. Stroll will be starting in 10th place, while the Alphatauri’s will both start in the top 9. Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas continues to impress in the Alfa Romeo, qualifying in 5th place ahead of his former team mate at Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton.
This is going to be a scary track as we have already seen many cars run wide in turns and crash into the concrete walls. This track is a GPP dream as we could see multiple accidents here on Sunday. The biggest issue and worry for the Ferrari drivers is that they did not get as many laps with a heavier car in the Free Practice sessions and they have also looked slower on the straights. With that said, the Ferrari’s look quicker in the tight corners and will get the advantage starting on the front row Sunday. The Awesemo team of experts and data analysts have already been in the lab creating a proprietary model and have F1 DFS projections available for this week’s race. Using those F1 Fantasy projections, we’ve got you covered with all of the best DraftKings F1DFS picks for the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday.
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Ferrari will be starting 1-2 on the grid Sunday at the Miami Grand Prix after a strong Qualifying session. The track is punishing and we could easily see some weird things happen during the race, but since DFS players can’t build using Leclerc at CAP, Max Verstappen, and a Ferrari constructor, stacking Leclerc and the Ferrari constructor will be my starting point in cash games. As long as Ferrari is able to keep both cars in this race, they are the heavy favorite to be the optimal constructor play.
Red Bull ($12,000)
Red Bull was shut out of the front row after Verstappen had made a mistake on his final lap of qualifying. The team will be starting on the second row in 3rd and 4th position which makes them a solid GPP option, especially if Ferrari falters at all. The Red Bull’s always carry high risk as their cars have not been very dependable from race to race this season and with them starting behind both Ferrari’s, they will need to move quickly if they want to have a chance at winning this race.
Ferrari should be the highest own captain in cash games and GPPs, but a couple other teams I will be looking at are Mercedes ($8,400) and Alphatauri ($3,800). George Russell had a disappointing Q2 and will be starting 12th on the grid for Sunday’s race, but he definitely has the potential to move up into the top-7 with a strong race. With Lewis Hamilton starting in 6th, this team should see two drivers in the top-10. Alphatauri, on the other hand, is coming in at an extreme value with both drivers starting inside of the top-10 with Pierre Gasly starting in 7th and Yuki Tsunoda starting in 9th.
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Charles Leclerc ($11,400 Draft Kings; 1st)
With both Ferrari drivers starting in the front row, using one of them as your captain and just hoping for a clean race is exactly what you want on Sunday. I will almost always take the driver on pole and in this case, Leclerc is leading the driver standings so Ferrari could easily try to use Carlos Sainz as a buffer between the Ferrari’s and Red Bull’s on race day. It’s also something to note that Sainz has only finished one lap in the last two races as he was involved in an accident in each race. Sainz also had an accident in Free Practice 2 this weekend leaving him with a sore neck and a smashed up car.
Max Verstappen ($11,800 Draft Kings; 3rd)
This is a GPP only play at this point because of his starting position for Sunday. As I previously mentioned, while Sainz has been fast this year, he has equally been inconsistent and involved in many accidents in the early going. This track is going to punish drivers who make mistakes and we could easily see Verstappen make a risky pass on Sainz and force him out of the race. In cash games it makes much more sense starting with Leclerc and the Ferrari constructor and fading the Red Bull team. Verstappen and Sainz are very aggressive drivers so sprinkling in a couple Sergio Perez ($10,600 Draft Kings; 4th) make sense if you think the two in front of him could be involved in an accident at this tight track. It is possible to make a lineup with Leclerc at CAP and Perez in the flex while still fitting in some nice pieces.
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Valtteri Bottas ($7,400 Draft Kings; 5th)
Another driver who I will be sprinkling in with the possible Verstappen/Sainz accident line will be Valtteri Bottas who is starting in 5th on Sunday. Bottas has been incredible for Alfa Romeo this season scoring points in three of the five races. The car is nothing special, but we have seen how impressive the Ferrari power train and engine units have been to start the season as Alfa Romeo uses them as well on their cars. Bottas seems like a fantastic cash game play as he was impressively just 0.500 off the Red Bull pace in the final qualifying.
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Lewis Hamilton ($9,200 Draft Kings; 6th)
This is the first time I will be writing up Lewis Hamilton as a potential play this weekend. There are multiple factors that we can look at but the fact that you can’t build with Leclerc at CAP, Max Verstappen, and Ferrari constructor means we have to get a little different in Miami. Hamilton is tough to place for me as he is the 5th highest priced driver but is starting in 6th, but he is also starting six places ahead of teammate George Russell. Coming in to Qualifying I expected Hamilton and Russell to both make it to Q3 and finish close together, but unfortunately for Mercedes, Russell did not make it out of Q2 and will be starting in 12th. Hamilton doesn’t seem to have the winning upside, but a podium isn’t out of the realm of expectations this weekend if we see any contact between cars in front of him on Sunday.
Pierre Gasly ($5,400 DraftKings; 7th) & Yuki Tsunoda ($4,200 DraftKings; 9th)
The surprise team from Saturday’s qualifying was Alphatauri as both drivers were able to finish inside the top-10 for the first time this season. It was Gasly’s third time in Q3, while it was Tsunoda’s first time this season. Tsunoda had a mega race two weekends ago in Italy as he started in 12th and finished in 7th and was in the optimal lineup. Gasly has been steady this season but has not been able to put a fantastic Sunday together yet with his top finish being an 8th place in Saudi Arabia. It’s highly likely that the top driver from Alphatauri will be in the optimal lineup as both are reasonably priced for this Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel ($3,600 DraftKings; 13th) & Lance Stroll ($3,200 DraftKings; 10th)
Aston Martin seems to be making moves now after their horrendous start to the year. After three weeks, the team had yet to score any points, but at the Imola Grand Prix two weeks ago, both drivers placed inside of the top-10. The momentum has carried over to the United States as Lance Stroll was able to make it to Q3 and will be starting in 10th place, while Sebastian Vettel just missed out of Q3 and will be starting in 13th. Vettel is the stronger of the two drivers, but Stroll is the cheaper driver and starts three positions in front. I would not suggest playing both of them in the same lineup and instead playing the next name on this list to maximize the defeating team mate points.
Alex Albon ($3,400 Draft Kings; 18th)
This play is very simple. Albon was always a massive favorite to beat his team mate Nicholas Latifi, and has shown the ability to put up nice fast laps in Free Practice sessions this weekend. He didn’t have an impressive qualifying time, but starting in 18th, he has the ability to rack up some moving up the grid points on Sunday. Albon sits behind the Aston Martin racers if you only need one cheap play in Miami to fill out your roster.
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