DraftKings Mexican Grand Prix F1 Preview: Mercedes Stack Plus Verstappen Is Expensive, But Viable (October 30)

Formula 1 tried to even the playing field in the offseason, but once again, one team ran away with all the trophies. Max Verstappen-led Red Bull has powered their way to the Drivers’ Championship and Constructor trophies with three races left in the season. Next up is the Mexican Grand Prix at Autodromo Hermanos Rodrigues.

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Mexican Grand Prix F1 Fantasy & DFS Racing Preview

Mexican Grand Prix

  • Track: Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
  • Location: Mexico City
  • Length: 2.674 miles
  • Race Distance: 71 laps
  • Laps lead: 7.1 points
  • Fastest lap: 3 points
  • Past Winner: Max Verstappen (2021)
  • Betting Favorite: Max Verstappen (-175)

On Track Schedule (All Times Eastern)

  • Friday, Oct. 28
    • 2 p.m.: Free Practice 1
    • 5 p.m.: Free Practice 2
  • Saturday, Oct. 29
    • 1 p.m.: Free Practice 3
    • 4 p.m.: Qualifying
  • Sunday, Oct. 30
    • 4 p.m.: Lights Out

F1 Fantasy Preview for Mexican Grand Prix

Just when the prices on Verstappen seem to go as high as they can, DraftKings ups it to an even $13,000. The Red Bull constructor is now priced at $12,600, so if fantasy players are looking to stack this combination in Mexico, it will leave fans with $17,900 to fill out the last four roster spots. Even with the three lowest-priced drivers, playing a Verstappen-Red Bull stack does not allow the funds to roster any other top-six driver.

For his home race, Sergio Perez has been priced as the third-most expensive driver, ahead of Lewis Hamilton. With his price increase, it is easy for many to see that Perez could be one of the better GPP plays, depending on where he will start the race on Sunday.

A Charles Leclerc-Ferrari stack leaves fantasy players with $22,300 to fill out the rest of their lineup. There is no way of fitting in Verstappen to those builds, but using Perez still provides some flexibility on the final three roster spots.

DraftKings Gran Premio de Mexico 2022 F1 DFS Picks

The only teams that have even had a chance at winning this year have been Red Bull, Ferrari and, to a lesser extent, Mercedes. While Mercedes has led some races late, just like they did at the United States Grand Prix last weekend, they clearly just do not have the power and speed in their car to take a checkered flag unless everything falls perfectly into place.

DraftKings raised the price on Valtteri Bottas to $6,000, even after his disappointing finish in Austin last weekend. Alpine’s Esteban Ocon’s price went the other way, as his price dropped $1,200, even after his decent 11th-place finish after starting back in 20th. Yuki Tsunoda somehow saw his price drop to $3,200 after a fantastic race in Texas where he managed to go from 19th to 10th.

Verstappen is once again the favorite at a track where he has found much success in the past. His price increase makes it tough to feel confident with the rest of lineup, but using a George Russell-Mercedes combination with Verstappen opens the door for upside.

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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