Formula 1 is in the Netherlands this weekend for the Dutch Grand Prix. Countryman, Max Verstappen, took home the checkered flag last season at his home circuit and he looks to repeat after putting his car on pole in Saturday’s qualifying session.
The Red Bull cars were running a bit flat during the two Free Practice sessions held on Friday, but Verstappen was able to pull off an incredible lap in Q3 of qualifying to earn pole position. The Ferrari drivers put up an incredible effort in qualifying, but ended up settling for second and third on the grid after Charles Leclerc came up 0.021 short of Verstappen’s time. Ferrari seems like the only car that can remotely compete with Verstappen on the track.
The Mercedes duo seemed to find some pace in their car here at the Zandvoort track. As was outlined in the track preview, this is a very quick circuit and is very tight which makes passing much more difficult. Tire degradation and dirt on the track could make for some interesting pit strategies, but at this point, Mercedes is going to need to get lucky to stay in striking range of Verstappen and the Ferraris.
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Red Bull ($12,000)
Verstappen seems like a virtual lock to finish on the podium if he is able to finish the race. His odds have swelled to -250 to win the Grand Prix as he will be starting on pole position for a second consecutive year. Using Red Bull’s constructor is a little risky only because of Sergio Perez and his ability to put a solid effort in. Perez was able to qualify in fifth, but spun out on his final lap in qualifying. If Perez is able to finish in fifth or better on Sunday and Verstappen wins the race, then the Red Bull constructor will be the odds on favorite of being in the optimal lineup.
If you are betting against Verstappen repeating at Zandvoort, then using Ferrari is a very attractive situation. The Ferrari drivers are starting in second and third on the grid and have the highest chances of securing a double podium and even winning the race. An interesting strategy of using Verstappen and the Ferrari constructor has a strong chance of being the optimal play.
This is a very tough circuit to pass on which means that starting positions are very important. While there is always a chance to see a constructor like Mercedes pop in optimal lineups, there will need to be some chaos in the top three cars to see that come to fruition.
Best F1 Fantasy & DFS Driver Picks
Max Verstappen ($12,000 DraftKings; First)
The home boy at the home circuit, hoping to repeat in front of the orange army. Verstappen has put on a clinic all year in his Red Bull car and looks poised to repeat at Zandvoort. After a couple rough practice sessions on Friday, Verstappen and Red Bull seem to have turned it around and are ready to speed off into the distance. There is always a risk that Verstappen could crash out, especially at a course that is so quick and winding, but he is the large favorite for good reason. There are 72 laps here so an extra 7.2 laps lead points is up for grabs as a nice little addition to his potential winning total.
Charles Leclerc ($11,200 DraftKings; Second)
Stop me if you have heard me say this already this year, but Leclerc seems to be the only driver that can beat Verstappen this weekend. Leclerc was much better in the free practice sessions this week and was just 0.021 off of Verstappen’s pole position lap in Q3. Leclerc is a solid GPP play if players are looking to fade Verstappen. He has the best odds to win out of the rest of the group and is going to have the best chance to get out in front off the start. Leclerc has been let down by his team lately, but a win here in Zandvoort would definitely take some heat off the Ferrari engineers and pit crews.
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Mick Schumacher ($3,800 DraftKings; Eighth)
In the track preview, the HAAS drivers looked like they could come in as a strong value play based on how qualifying went. Well this is exactly what HAAS team principal, Guenter Steiner, ordered. Mick Schumacher managed to earn a spot in Q3 and will be starting in eighth place for Sunday’s race. Meanwhile, his team mate Kevin Magnussen is starting back in 18th. Schumacher grades out as a top value play and has gained positions in five straight races. Schumacher is a coin flip to stay inside the top 10, but should beat his team mate to earn the bonus five points.
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Guanyu Zhou ($3,600 DraftKings; 14th)
The value picks came out to play during Saturday’s qualifying as Alfa Romeo’s Guanyu Zhou out-qualified team mate Valtteri Bottas. While two spots on the grid isn’t a massive difference, this track does not provide many passing opportunities in the early going. Bottas has seemed to have lost his spark over the last three races losing positions in all three. Meanwhile, Zhou has been much more stable and is looking to make it three races in a row where he has beaten his team mate Bottas.
Alex Albon ($4,400 DraftKings; 15th)
Death, taxes, and Alex Albon out-qualifying his team mate Nicholas Latifi. Albon is actually in a better spot this weekend in terms of DraftKings scoring simply because the bulk of his points come from beating his team mate and finishing the race. Albon is starting five spots ahead of Latifi and could even sneak into the top 10 if there are multiple collisions during the race. The over/under for cars finishing the race on Sunday is 15.5.
Lance Stroll ($4,600 DraftKings; 10th)
The Canadian has made it to Q3 in back-to-back races since returning from the summer break. Lance Stroll actually could have started higher on the grid if not for technical difficulties on his car which didn’t allow him to even come out in Q3 and improve his position. Stroll could easily be starting in eighth based on qualifying times and has a great chance at beating his team mate Sebastian Vettel who is starting back in 19th. Stroll makes for a strong cash and GPP play with upside.
Yuki Tsunoda ($3,200 DraftKings; Ninth)
Yuki Tsunoda is a high-risk play on Sunday after making it to Q3 for his fourth time this season. Tsunoda has not been able to build on the three other starts inside of the top 10 finishing 20th in France, 13th in Azerbaijan and 12th in Miami. Tsunoda is starting just two spots ahead of team mate Pierre Gasly, and is best suited for GPP builds.
Lando Norris ($7,200 DraftKings; Seventh)
The mid-range plays tend to see less love because of the lack of winning upside. This week, at a track that can eat up driver mistakes, Norris could find himself on a podium if there is chaos in the early going. Norris a GPP only play, but grades out as one of the top mid-range plays under $8,600 and is the only driver between $8,600 and $4,800 that is starting in the top half of the grid.
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