How to play Formula One Fantasy Racing

Not too long ago, it was announced that DraftKings would be introducing a new DFS sport to their contest offerings – Formula 1 Fantasy Racing. The DraftKings F1 DFS score is going to be a whole new animal for anyone looking to drive to survive.

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Whether you’ve spent some of your free time finding new shows to watch on Netflix or trying to find new sports to follow, one thing’s for sure is that Formula 1 popularity is on the rise after the success of Netflix’s Drive to Survive documentary on the F1 teams around the world. The DraftKings F1 DFS competitions will begin on Sunday March 20, 2022.

DraftKings F1 DFS: How to Play Formula 1 Fantasy Racing

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Formula 1 racing is a different beast. It’s an ever-changing puzzle each week, seeing what style of course they’re running, checking course history, how the cars are running and what changes teams have made to setups during free practice sessions. This How to Play NASCAR DFS article written by writer Awesemo Phillip Bennetzen offers a deeper look at the ever-changing puzzle.

In 2021, the F1 world had a new world champion: Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. He managed to dethrone the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamiltonwho had won four consecutive Drivers’ Championships.

Mercedes has won eight consecutive constructors’ championships since 2014. Before the 2021 season, only Ferrari was able to get less than 100 points from the world champions in 2018. In 2021, the Red Bull team was able to win more races than Mercedes and finish just 28 points behind for the Constructors’ Trophy.

Mercedes seemed to be moving away from their competition in the late 2010s, but regulations were put in place to try and level the playing field. These regulations have already started to apply during the winter break and fans should expect closer racing from a wider range of teams this year, not just the standard Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari teams.

You might be thinking, OK great, but how does this help me in Formula 1 Fantasy? While the less than laid back fan will look at previous standings and just think Mercedes will walk away with another trophy this year, teams like HAAS, Alfa Romeo, Williams and Aston Martin have all had extra time this offseason to work on their car. and make improvements, which have already been seen during the early spring tests.

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With new regulations and spending caps placed on teams, this year is expected to be the tightest race we’ve seen in many years.

DraftKings F1 DFS Roster Build and Scoring Details

While many DFS fans may have tried NASCAR, the F1 Fantasy score is starkly different. For starters, the range is a mix of Showdown styling with a twist. Your roster will consist of a captain position, which will earn you 1.5 times the points but cost you 1.5 times the price. Then the rest of your F1 DFS roster will be filled with four more drivers and one constructor.

The constructor is the team that runs the two drivers. There are only 10 manufacturer teams because each team has two drivers on the grid. Your choice of builder can make or break your entire day. Although you cannot field both the drivers and the Constructor team, i.e. field Hamilton, george russelland Mercedes Constructor, you can choose to list two of the three selections above.

There is a criterion when looking at your pilots. Can your top drivers win? What is their starting position after qualifying? Will they finish in the top 10 to score points? And will they beat their teammate?

All of these questions should guide your builds, with the last question being massive for valuable items in your queues. Of course, everyone would love to be able to lock down Hamilton, Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and the Mercedes Constructors team, then go from there, but that will leave you to choose at the bottom of the barrel.

The Formula 1 weekend is unlike any other. There is free practice session 1 earlier on Friday, then three hours later free practice session 2 takes place. This is where teams will test their car setups and ensure they are ready for qualifying on Saturday.

On Saturday there is a third free practice session to iron out all the final specs of the car, and finally we have qualifying, which starts exactly 24 hours before the scheduled race time the next day to give similar race conditions. . Qualification is also a thing of beauty. It is organized in three stages eliminating the five slowest drivers in each stage until the last 10 drivers fight for the front of the grid.

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Since DraftKings prizes are released long before the qualifiers, leveraging the qualifier results will be huge for your DFS builds. It’s pretty straightforward, but starting near the top of the grid, specifically the front row, gives a driver a much better chance of winning.

Setting your schedule on Thursday and forgetting about it will only set you up for disaster. The main news you need will come out on Saturday after qualifying ends, so trying to tinker on Saturday night or Sunday morning before the race is a clear strategy.

Formula 1 Fantasy Track Types

There are three types of tracks you will see in F1 DFS – there are the ‘real’ circuit tracks which have been designed for races like Silverstone in England or Monza in Italy. Street races like Monaco and Singapore take place on public roads. While the third is a hybrid mix of circuits and street racing like Abu Dhabi.

Each track has its own special characteristics. Considering the track, or type of track, means you understand:

  • The probability for drivers to wreck/or complete 90% of the race for the bonus
  • Potential to be doubled if you run close to the back
  • How difficult or easy it is for drivers to overtake or be overtaken
  • How many lead changes to anticipate
  • Drivers expected to lead at least 10% or more of the race
  • Noting that some drivers and cars perform better on specific tracks than others

How to Win at Formula 1 Fantasy Racing

As we do for all DFS sports, we absorb information and then create our lineups based on various factors.

The key factors that will help you are:

  • Course/Track Variables
  • Test results for lap times
  • Grid position (starting) on ​​race day
  • Builder team strategy to stack with your best driver or for team exposure
  • Ownership and where to pivot

Being able to have a good mix of the above criteria will allow you to build strong lineups that have a GPP winning edge.

While you might be used to seeing 350+ scores in the NBA, or 175+ for the NFL, the DraftKings F1 Fantasy Racing score is way below your average sport.

If you were to look at the previous year’s scores using the DraftKings point system, the top drivers were Verstappen, averaging 27.9 points, and Hamilton, averaging 24.7 points per race. Meanwhile, more than half of the drivers are averaging less than 10 points per race, with many averaging less than 5 points per race.

On the constructor side, the Mercedes team averaged 36.2 points per race while the Red Bull racing team averaged 36. Again, half of the teams averaged less than 11 points per race, which is a huge difference.

Verstappen’s ceiling performance came with a 41.1-point run at the GP Grosser Preis von Osterreich, while Hamilton hasn’t had a run over 37 points all season.

The Red Bull team was able to produce six races over 50 points, while the Mercedes team also had six races over 50 points. For comparison, there have only been 14 times in total where a manufacturer has scored more than 50 points, the previously mentioned 12 and a 60.9 point performance by McLaren and a 50.6 point performance by the Alpine team.

Picking a top builder team that can have two potential drivers on the podium is key to winning in the GPPs.

Although there are only 20 cars on the grid, you rarely see a Grand Prix winner coming from outside the front two rows. In 22 races in 2021, 16 of the GP winners have started from the front row (1-2), three have come from the second row (3-4), one has come from the third row (5-6), one from the fourth row (7-8) and Hamilton won the Brazilian GP after starting from 10th on the grid.

Starting in the front row is crucial to a driver’s success and overhead projections.

Hope you were able to soak up some of the Fantasy F1 info and get a better idea of ​​what to expect when the DraftKings F1 DFS contests go live.


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