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F1 DFS Picks: Hungarian Grand Prix DraftKings Fantasy Racing Lineups

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Formula 1 is at the Hungaroring for the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend. The race in 2021 had a chaotic start and finish which left Esteban Ocon winning his first Grand Prix while only 13 cars finished the race after Sebastian Vettel was disqualified after not having enough fuel left for the FIA to pull from.

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This weekend is setting up for another crazy Grand Prix as there is possible rain that may hit during the race on Sunday. This race is also wild because of what happened on Saturday during qualifying. The two biggest questions fans are left with after Saturday’s session were simple; what happened to Red Bull, and is this the turning point for Mercedes?

Red Bull has one of their worst showings in qualifying all year on Saturday with Sergio Perez not even making it to Q3 while Max Verstappen was constantly complaining about the car all session and he will be starting in 10th. Mercedes on the other hand came to play. After their big talk last week in France lead to a superb double podium, George Russell managed to steal pole position from Carlos Sainz on a final hot lap in Q3.

Not only that, but Mercedes was also putting up some of the best times in all three sessions as Lewis Hamilton topped Q1 as well. Alpine and McLaren both also got both cars through to Q3 which sets up for an interesting debate to be had for GPPs this weekend.

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The Stokastic team of experts and data analysts has already been in the lab creating a proprietary model and has F1 DFS projections available for this week’s race. Using those F1 Fantasy projections, Stokastic has you covered with all of the best DraftKings F1DFS picks for the French Grand Prix on Sunday.

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Best F1 Fantasy & DFS Constructor Picks

Ferrari ($11,700)

Ferrari is officially the highest priced constructor now and they are proving it week after week in qualifying. This team has struggled in terms of strategy and being able to keep their cars on the track on Sundays, but there is no denying this car’s ability. Ferrari and Mercedes should be the highest own cash plays and GPP plays this weekend with their dominance all week here in Hungary. Starting with Leclerc or Sainz and stacking them with Ferrari and then George Russell seems like the best cash build, but something worth a shot in GPPs too.

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Mercedes ($9,600)

This might be the last chance to see this price tag on Mercedes. It has been one of the most reliable cars on the track this year, but now their pace is matching the competitors. Many will still worry about their ability to have a competitive car during a race, but Saturday’s showing seems like a strong indicator that the team has finally unlocked something. The Russell – Mercedes stack should be part of your arsenal this weekend in both cash and GPPs.

Alpine ($5,800), McLaren ($5,500) & Red Bull ($11,500)

For the first time in a while there are multiple ways of attacking your GPP lineups. The main builds will feature plenty of Ferrari and Mercedes constructors, but all three of the previous teams should also be in consideration. McLaren has looked very strong all weekend with Lando Norris putting up some incredible times on Friday and will start in fourth. Alpine will see their drivers starting in fifth and sixth which is fantastic for the team who came home with the victory here last year. The best way to build lineups this weekend if you are playing in massive GPPs is to get exposure to a couple, if not all, of these teams. It is hard to imagine Red Bull getting nearly the amount of ownership they have been, seeing as they will be starting in 10th and 11th on Sunday, but they are capable of doing anything during a race.

Best F1 Fantasy & DFS Driver Picks

Charles Leclerc ($11,400 DraftKings; Third) & Carlos Sainz ($10,200 DraftKings; Second)

The best way to be building a high floor – high upside cash and GPP lines this weekend will be to start most of your lines with one of the Ferrari drivers. It is very hard to imagine a scenario where neither is on the podium, especially after the struggles from Red Bull in Saturday’s qualifying. Both Leclerc and Sainz have race-winning upside as they will be starting behind just George Russell. There is value to playing Leclerc as many could take the cheaper Sainz who is starting ahead of him on the grid.

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George Russell ($8,400 DraftKings; First)

It is hard to not start cash game lines with Russell who took pole on Saturday and is the sixth priced driver in this field. Russell took his first pole after an incredible final lap in Q3 and will be starting six spots ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton. It will be very hard for Russell to hold off both Ferrari’s, but he has a very strong chance to finish on the podium Sunday. According to the Stokastic tools, Russell is the best value on Sunday. He makes for a strong cash game play but also in GPPs as his salary allows you to play anyone else in the grid, along with any constructor.

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Lando Norris ($7,400 DraftKings; Fourth)

Because there are different ways to go this week with qualifying results and pricing, Norris is firmly in play as a strong mid-range value. Norris has performed extremely well in all the Free Practice sessions here in Hungary this weekend and the car seems to fit very well here as both Norris and Ricciardo have seen tremendous lap times. A podium finish seems a little out of reach for Norris, but crazier things have happened in the past here in Hungary.

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Esteban Ocon ($5,800 DraftKings; Fifth)

While no one expects Ocon to win here for a second year in a row, his car has proved that he should be in the mid-pack fight for a possible fourth or fifth place finish here in Hungary. The biggest question marks from these mid-pack drivers will be whether or not they hold off the Red Bulls behind them. Ocon is just a GPP play but does have upside here.

Alex Albon ($4,000 DraftKings; 17th)

Alex Albon is no longer free, but it doesn’t mean he is a top salary-saver option. It is a shock to most that his teammate Nicholas Latifi still has a contract with an F1 team, but it doesn’t change the fact that Albon should easily finish ahead of him on Sunday. Latifi will always have his appeal at a minimum priced $3,000 salary but should only be used in emergencies for your GPP builds.

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Lance Stroll ($3,800 DraftKings; 14th)

Lance Stroll grades out as another fantastic salary saving option as he will start in 14th, three spots ahead of retiring teammate Vettel. Stroll is not the greatest driver, and Vettel’s retirement announcement may cover up the fact that he has finished top 10 in two of his last four races and beat Vettel twice in that span. Stacking Albon and Stroll is more preferred in cash games because of their expected ownership but can still be used in single-entry GPPs.

Kevin Magnussen ($4,200 DraftKings; 13th)

Paying up to be different may be the best option this week in the case of Kevin Magnussen. He has scored points in two of his last three races, but many people may flock to his teammate Mick Schumacher since he has finished better in three straight races. Both Magnussen and Schumacher are in play as value pieces this weekend, but something has to give with Magnussen on Sundays.

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