Formula 1 will return from its one week off to race in the USA for the first time this season in Miami. This will be the track’s first race in Formula 1, which is going to make free practice sessions even more important this week when picking lineups. The 2022 Miami Grand Prix is set to have a Super Bowl-like atmosphere as drivers race around the Hard Rock Stadium. The course currently features three DRS Zones, which could make for an action-packed race. Since it is F1’s first race in Miami, we’ll need to take a close look at how to align DraftKings F1 DFS picks for fantasy racing lineups.
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Miami Grand Prix
- Track: Miami International Autodrome
- Location: Miami, Fla.
- Length: 3.363 miles
- Race Distance: 57 laps
- Laps lead: 5.7 points
- Fastest lap: 3 points
- Past Winner: First-time event
- Betting Favorite: Max Verstappen (+100)
On Track Schedule (All Times Eastern)
- Friday, May 6
- 2:30 p.m.: Free Practice 1
- 5:30 p.m.: Free Practice 2
- Saturday, May 7
- 1 p.m.: Free Practice 3
- 4 p.m.: Qualifying
- Sunday, May 8
- 3:30 p.m.: Lights Out
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After four weeks of being able to have free reign in building lineups, DraftKings has finally eliminated the ability to stack any of the Red Bull and Ferrari drivers and their constructors. While many people may not realize this, it makes having the race winner in the Captain spot a must, especially if a Red Bull or Ferrari driver wins.
The fact that lineups can’t simply start with Max Verstappen, Red Bull and Charles Leclerc brings an entirely new wrinkle to roster construction. For example, one can build a lineup that has Verstappen at the Captain with Red Bull constructor Carlos Sainz, but then Guanyu Zhou, Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi are the only options in the lineup to have drivers from different teams. The same goes for a Leclerc, Ferrari stack with Sergio Perez, leaving Zhou, Stroll and Alex Albon. Those roster constructions are very risky since they incorporate multiple drivers that should finish below their teammate losing out on the critical 5 points.
What this all means is that currently the best play is to build lineups that have a Verstappen Captain and Red Bull with various pieces under the Red Bull and Ferrari drivers, while also making some lineups with Leclerc Captain and Ferrari with similar pieces. The hope there is to match the puzzle pieces together.
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After four races, there have only been two different winners: Verstappen and Leclerc. It will be interesting to see if there is finally a new winner this week, as this is the first running of the Miami Grand Prix. With another week off from racing, teams may be bringing new upgrades to Miami.
Because this is a brand-new course for the drivers, the Ferrari car may be best suited for this weekend. It seems to be the easiest to drive at this point and has been able to compete at every track while bringing little upgrades along the way. Talks out of Mercedes seem positive after Lewis Hamilton failed to score a point in Italy — he finished 13th — while his teammate, George Russell, moved up to fourth from 11th position Sunday.
While Hamilton is no doubt one of the best drivers to ever put on a helmet, something just feels different around him and his car. In Bahrain the two positions he was able to move up were because of the Red Bull’s retiring early, and in Australia he was only able to overtake Lando Norris from his starting position. On the other hand, Russell has gotten off to fast starts and seems to simply have better control with this car, and his results tell the same story. Russell’s worst finish this season was his fifth at the Saudi Grand Prix, but he has also out-qualified Hamilton in two of the four races. At this point some may wonder why Russell is not the more expensive Mercedes driver, as he currently comes at a $1,400 discount as the more productive racer this season.
While DraftKings really moved up the prices on the Red Bull and Ferrari drivers, the rest of the field stayed fairly flat. Value bin drivers and final roster spots will continue to be filled with Aston Martin drivers and Albon. The AlphaTauri drivers of Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda are now just $1,200 apart after Gasly’s price came crashing down from the $7,000 range to the $5,400 price tag. There should also be some upgrades from the Haas team to be brought to the Miami Grand Prix because they are the only American-owned team and clearly want to show the world that they can compete on the big stage after the team has had a fantastic start to the 2022 campaign.
This weekend of free practice sessions will be very important to the building process, as it will be the only set of data regarding the course and driver lap times. As always, the DraftKings F1 lineup picks segment will be out after qualifying, as will Awesemo’s F1 DFS projections, which will be updated throughout the week.
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