Formula 1 action continues its 2022 season at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The circuit is a 50-lap hybrid mix of some road course through the scenic town of Corniche, with some permanent sectors built. The first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix held at the Jeddah Circuit was in 2021, and Lewis Hamilton took the inaugural checkered flag after starting on pole position. Hamilton also set the fastest lap during the race with a 1:30.734 while not other racer cracked 1:31.400. Let’s take a quick look at the F1 Fantasy outlook for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and find some of the best DraftKings F1 DFS picks for fantasy racing lineups this week.
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STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
- Track: Jeddah Corniche Circuit
- Location: Corniche, Saudi Arabia
- Length: 3.84 miles
- Race Distance: 50 laps
- Laps lead: 5 points
- Fastest lap: 3 points
- Past Winner: Lewis Hamilton (2021)
- Betting Favorite: Charles Leclerc +135 (Bodog)
On Track Schedule (All Times Eastern)
- Friday, March 25
- 10 a.m.: Free Practice 1
- 1 p.m.: Free Practice 2
- Saturday, March 26
- 10 a.m.: Free Practice 3
- 1 p.m.: Qualifying
- Sunday, March 27
- 1 p.m.: Lights out
F1 Fantasy Preview for STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
After two testing sessions, these cars finally showed how they perform tire to tire in an actual race under the lights in Bahrain. The Red Bull cars were forced to retire, as they were sitting in podium positions with less than a handful of laps remaining on Sunday.
Bahrain was a great starting point to the season for F1, as the race showed a cluster of teams competing for points. In 2021 HAAS Ferrari totaled 0 points for the season; meanwhile, they sit in third with 10 points on the back of a fifth-place finish for Kevin Magnussen. Alfa Romeo Ferrari had 13 points all of last season but managed to already put up 9 points with a sixth-place finish from newcomer Valtteri Bottas and rookie driver
One may notice the name “Ferrari” next to all of the “surprising” teams this season. While the McLaren car looked excellent in the Barcelona testing, it’s the Ferrari engines that have taken that next step come race day.
There are three DRS (Drag Reduction System) zones on this circuit, which assists drivers who need a little boost to pass someone in front of them. The race circuit has 27 corners, which is the most of any circuit on the calendar this season, but one thing this track has is speed. There are many high-speed corners, which will allow for some exciting racing come Sunday.
DraftKings F1 DFS Picks
The DraftKings pricing is out for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, and there is a new top-priced driver, Charles Leclerc ($11,600), and a new top-priced Constructor, Ferrari ($10,800). On the heels of the wire-to-wire victory for Ferrari, they have all been priced up in the DraftKings F1 DFS pool. With the quick-reacting price adjustments, Kevin Magnussen jumped from $3,800 to $8,000 after his fifth-place finish. Bottas also was boosted from $4,600 to $7,600 after his sixth-place finish.
Fresh off their disappointing 14th- and 15th-place finishes, Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo both saw their prices drop, as did the Aston Martin racers Sebastian Vettel (who missed the race because of COVID) and Lance Stroll, who finished Sunday in 12th.
Stacking a top driver and their Constructor team was the play, as the optimal F1 Fantasy lineup had Leclerc at the Captain spot and Ferrari in the Constructors. It is a theme that should play out in almost every race. With the Ferrari’s finishing one-two, it made rostering the Ferrari constructor team a must in order to cash.
There should be improvements for many teams that struggled this week, most notably Red Bull and McLaren. Yes, it might be cherry picking to snag a team that did not finish the last race, but this Red Bull car is fast. Mercedes could do better this upcoming weekend, but realistically they did better than many thought they would on Sunday. The only reason they even fell on to the podium was the Red Bull’s retirements. They were not putting up even a fight on the track. McLaren is a team many people expected more of, but it has definitely hit a snag coming out of the gates. Ricciardo missed most of the testing the previous week due to COVID. After the race Sunday, he admitted that he had not been back to 100% and that he just wasn’t all there after returning.
Qualifying is important for predicting podiums, so keeping track of the free practice sessions and qualifying on Saturday provide a good feel for what to expect out on the circuit come race day.
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