DraftKings Brazil Grand Prix F1 Preview: A Red Bull Stack Changes Everything

Formula 1 is back with another Sprint weekend. This is a much different setup than their usual Grand Prix weekend as there will not be the standard three free practice sessions before qualifying. Instead, there will be only two free practice sessions with the qualifying happening after the first session on Friday, which will be the grid placement for the sprint on Saturday.

Sprint weekends add a layer of complexity to a Grand Prix weekend because of the smaller practice time and potential for crashes in the sprint, which will affect the starting grid for Sunday’s race. This is a tight track which is not always the best for overtaking. The Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace is a punishing track that is layered with complex turns.

Lewis Hamilton came all the way from 10th place to win the 2021 Brazil Grand Prix. It is a very exciting weekend as both Friday and Saturday will have very important information to build strong DFS lineups. The qualifying results from Friday will set the grid for the Saturday sprint, which in turn will set the final grid for the Grand Prix on Sunday.

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Brazil Grand Prix F1 Fantasy & DFS Racing Preview

Brazil Grand Prix

  • Track: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace
  • Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Length: 2.677 miles
  • Race Distance: 71 laps
  • Laps lead: 7.1 points
  • Fastest lap: 3 points
  • Past Winner: Lewis Hamilton (2021)
  • Betting Favorite: Max Verstappen (-200)

On Track Schedule (All Times ET)

  • Friday, Nov. 11
    • 10:30 a.m.: Free Practice 1
    • 2 p.m.: Qualifying
  • Saturday, Nov. 12
    • 10:30 a.m.: Free Practice 2
    • 2:30 p.m.: Sprint
  • Sunday, Nov. 13
    • 1 p.m.: Lights Out

F1 Fantasy Preview for Brazil Grand Prix

Death, taxes and a Max Verstappen price increase as he continues to dominate on the track. He now costs $13,800, which is a massive $800 jump from Mexico just two weeks ago. The Red Bull constructor also saw their price increase to $12,900. If DFS players are looking to captain Verstappen and stack him with the Red Bull constructor, they will have $16,400 left for the final four driver spots.

The Mercedes team has come into this week under criticism for their new front wing additions. From the looks of it, it seems as though their additions are within the rules but will no doubt be a talking point with multiple teams in Brazil. This new addition could very well unlock some much-needed performance to bring home their first Grand Prix of the year.

Ferrari is on record this week saying that Mexico was a one-off anomaly performance and they are expecting to bounce back here in Brazil. For the most part this season they have been the clear No. 2 team behind Red Bull and have been the only team other than them to win a race in 2022. Ferrari was severely off the pace in Mexico, but sharp DFS players will be keeping an eye on their sprint results as they make a strong buy-low candidate here in Brazil.

DraftKings Gran Premio de Brasil 2022 F1 DFS Picks

The sprint will add a level of complexity but will serve as a great indicator to see which cars will be able to compete for the Grand Prix. Because the sprint is essentially a shortened race, its results will be crucial when building lineups.

It is impossible to play Hamilton at captain and to stack him with his constructor, and Verstappen as a driver. There is a way to fit his Mercedes teammate George Russell at captain with this stack, but it does not leave much room at all for the rest of the driver spots.

Carlos Sainz is the cheapest he has been since the British Grand Prix in July. There is a way of fitting his teammate Charles Leclerc and the Ferrari constructor with Verstappen, but it will force players to use Nicholas LatifiGuanyu Zhou and Mick Schumacher. Swapping to Sainz in this build allows DFS players much more flexibility in the rest of their driver spots.

For the most part, finding a way to roster two of the top six drivers and a top-three constructor has been the best way to be profitable this year in F1 DFS. While cash games may force the hand of players, GPPs will be a completely different beast with the price increases.

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Phillip Beneteau
Teacher, writer and avid sports fan with a passion and love for F1 racing.

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