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DraftKings F1 DFS Preview: 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix F1 Fantasy Picks

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Formula 1 is in Hungary this weekend for the racing of the Hungarian Grand Prix, which takes place at the Hungaroring. In the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix, Esteban Ocon took the checkered flag and Sebastian Vettel finished second but later get disqualified in a race that saw just 13 cars finish. The race was clearly unlike any other. It was a wet Sunday in Hungary in 2021, which led to a catastrophe on the first turn. Valtteri Bottas came into turn 1 too quickly and ended up going into the back of Lando Norris, which then sent him off into Max Verstappen while Bottas ended up colliding with Sergio Perez. The carnage totaled Lance Stroll, Charles Leclerc, Perez and Bottas, who weren’t even able to complete the first lap. Norris and Nikita Mazepin also retired from the race a couple laps later.

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It also featured one of the weirdest restarts after a red flag, as Lewis Hamilton was the only driver to take the restart on the line. Instead, every other car went to the pit to change tires as the rain stopped. It was an incredible race that saw Hamilton and Fernando Alonso go wheel to wheel multiple times late. Vettel was eventually disqualified from the race after the FIA could not extract a sufficient sample of fuel from the car.

This is the final week of racing before the F1 takes its summer holiday and won’t return until Aug. 26 for the Belgian Grand Prix at the famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. If looking for an in-depth source on F1 Fantasy Racing, check out the explanatory article on How to Play DraftKings F1 DFS. The Stokastic team of experts has created a proprietary model that has expert projections, led by Alex Baker himself. Check out Stokastic’s NEW F1 DFS projections.

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Hungary – Aramco Magyar Nagydij Grand Prix

  • Track: Hungaroring
  • Location: Mogyorod, Hungary
  • Length: 2.722 miles
  • Race Distance: 70 laps
  • Laps lead: 7 points
  • Fastest lap: 3 points
  • Past Winner: Esteban Ocon (2021)
  • Betting Favorite: Charles Leclerc (+120)

On Track Schedule (All Times Eastern)

  • Friday, July 29
    • 8 a.m.: Free Practice 1
    • 11 a.m.: Free Practice 2
  • Saturday, July 30
    • 7 a.m.: Free Practice 3
    • 10 a.m.: Qualifying
  • Sunday, July 31
    • 9 a.m.: Lights Out

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When will Leclerc stop throwing away wins? He was out to a nice lead on Sunday at the French Grand Prix and then spun out into the wall, ending his day. This was not the first time Leclerc did this this season, and it definitely won’t be the last. Ferrari’s strategy nightmares continued, as they possibly cost teammate Carlos Perez a podium after going for a late pit stop when Perez was in the podium hunt.

The clear-cut top of the grid became even more solidified after the week in France, with Mercedes earning their first double podium of the season — Hamilton finished second and George Russell came in third. Neither Mercedes car could really compete with Verstappen, though, as he had a 10-second lead at the finish line.

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The weather forecast for race weekend sets up for some tricky spots. As of now, Friday’s sessions look to have the best forecast with the hottest temperatures. Then comes the questions. Saturday has a chance of thunderstorms and rain almost all day, which could lead to an interesting qualifying session. The race on Sunday is supposed to be a little clearer with only a 20% chance of rain, but the highest chances come during the race window.

Sainz is back up as the third-priced driver, as his price jumped $600 compared to Hamilton, who dropped $200. Vettel announced Thursday morning that he would be retiring from F1 at the end of the season. It is funny timing, as this was the race last year that had him disqualified, which no doubt left a sour taste in his mouth. His price is back under $5,000 for the first time since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Alex Albon is no longer in the free territory, as he is now $4,000 and the fifth-lowest-priced driver compared to his $3,600 price tag from the recent weeks.

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Expect the unexpected. The race from 2021 sets up as an anomaly from F1 standards. Last year it was a crazy race that saw many of the top cars suffering damage in the first turn. Then Hamilton came with his missed pit stop heading to the restart. It was truly an unexpected result, and while they do happen, do not expect the same on Sunday. That craziness is good for GPPS, but for cash games, watching that first lap last year would be a nightmare.

The DraftKings prices fluctuated a bit after staying the same from Austria to France. Verstappen comes in as the top-priced driver again at $1,2000 but is not even the current favorite here. The biggest change in DraftKings scoring this week is actually that Ferrari’s Constructor is now the most expensive at $11,700, a massive $900 jump after a fifth place and DNF in France. Meanwhile, the Red Bull team dropped $400 and is the cheapest since the Canadian Grand Prix. This price drop still does not allow for Verstappen at Captain with Red Bull at Constructors and then Flex Leclerc, as it will only leave $3,033 per driver, which is not enough to fill out a roster. Knowing that, it will also not be popular to roster Ferrari with this combination. Stacking either driver as Captain and Flexing the other is only possible if using Mercedes as Constructor.

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As far as Verstappen at Captain goes, any driver can be used in the Flex with him and building from there, and the same thing goes for Leclerc. Try to have two of the top six drivers in builds because they are truly the only cars that have a strong chance at winning a race. Considering there have been 12 races this season and only a Ferrari or Red Bull driver has won, expect a Mercedes driver to be the next one to win if there is a chaotic mess anywhere.

Builds will naturally miss a lot of the $5,000 to $8,000 range, which is entirely fine, especially for cash games. The only place to consider getting much different is in GPPs, where truly anything can happen. Going with Verstappen or Leclerc and then stacking them with their Constructor and then going with a Mercedes driver is usually the way to start cash builds. The top value options this weekend look like Albon, one of the Haas drivers, then seeing how much money is left over.

Free practice sessions will be crucial to seeing what sort of potential a team is showing, as well as if there are any accidents that could affect the starting grid. As always, the DraftKings F1 lineup picks segment will be out after qualifying, as will Stokastic’s F1 DFS projections, which will be updated throughout the week.

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