DFS Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix: DraftKings Daily Fantasy F1 Lineup Picks
Who’s ready for a Formula 1 DFS? This week, the circuit will host the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, won last year by Sergio Perez.
Perez is coming off his first win of the season, as he stepped onto the podium after the Monaco Grand Prix two weeks ago. Perez is now just 15 points behind Max Verstappen for the series lead, while Charles Leclerc is nine points behind Verstappen in second place.
Below you will find our Formula 1 DraftKings DFS lineup pick for 6/11/22, with the slate lock to 7:00 a.m. ET. If you have any questions or want to talk about Formula 1, you can find me on Twitter at @juscarts.
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How does Formula 1 Fantasy work?
If you’re familiar with using DraftKings for NASCAR, this Formula 1 format is going to feel really, really different than what you’re used to. That’s a lot closer to the NFL’s one-game showdown slates than anything on the NASCAR side.
So here’s how the notation and format work. You will choose five pilots and a manufacturer. One of these drivers will be your captain, which will earn you 1.5 times more points but will also cost 1.5 times more than they usually cost. For the constructor, you choose one of the F1 teams.
So here’s how scoring works. Your driver only gets points if they finish in the top 10. Here’s a chart explaining how that breaks down.
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Additionally, the driver with the fastest lap of the race gets three points. You get 0.1 points per lap led, five points for beating your teammate, one point for being classified at the finish (90% finish of the race, essentially) and points for place differential. Finish three places higher than your position on the grid and you get two points. Finish five best and you get three points. Finish 10 best to get five points. You also lose points for a negative place differential, starting at three points.
Manufacturer points work the same way, with a few extra points if both cars perform well.
It’s confusing, but for Formula 1 DFS to work it probably had to be confusing.
Now that we’re past that point, let’s talk pilots. And bear with me, because this whole F1 fantasy is new to all of us.
Captain/Builder Stack Pick: Sergio Perez ($15,300), Red Bull Racing ($11,400)
At this point, I’m going to stack a captain and his builder until someone tells me I’m wrong.
I think for the most part we conceptualized the captaincy as the home of Verstappen and Leclerc. It was no place to get cute, as these two have dominated this season.
We have a third name that emerged as part of the conversation with the captain and that is Perez, who has finished second or better in four of the last five races and finally broke through with a win in the last race, leading 44 of the 64 towers in Monaco.
He is also the defending winner of this race, leading eight of the 51 laps last year on his way to victory. Teammate Verstappen’s issues certainly contributed to this as he led 29 laps before crashing out, but with Perez starting ahead of Verstappen in this race I think he has a good chance of being the best of the Red drivers. Bull.
And being captain of Red Bull also gives you the Verstappen exposure you’ll need. It’s a win-win.
Valtteri Bottas ($7,400)
Starts on the 15th
Bottas will come off the grid in 15th position, which gives him a good place differential on the upside. He’s finished in the top 10 in all but one race this year and if he can do it again he’ll earn the fantastic three points for finishing five better than where he started.
Bottas is a former winner here, although he returned when driving for Mercedes. Still, he has raced well here in the past and should easily surpass Alfa Romeo teammate Guanyu Zhou, who has finished 15th or less four times in a row.
Kevin Magnussen ($5,800)
Starts on the 16th
Magnussen has had a weird year. He started well, finishing in the top 10 in three of the last four races. But now he’s had a DNF in two of the last three races.
He had speed in qualifying, however, and starts four places ahead of team-mate Mick Schumacher, giving him an early points advantage for finishing ahead of a team-mate. Magnussen is clearly ahead of Schumacher this season, but bad luck has hurt his overall output. He is a candidate to move up five places on the grid and get the fantasy points associated with that.
Pierre Gasly ($5,200)
Gasly starts sixth for Alphatauri. He’s averaging just a fantastic 3.1 points per race this season, but Gasly was in the top 10 every practice and finished third here last year. Everyone has a track where they outperform, and for Gasly, it looks like Baku is that track.
His teammate Yuki Tsunoda qualified eighth, so there’s a bit of concern here that Gasly won’t finish ahead of his teammate. But as long as he runs a clean race and the speed he showed in practice doesn’t wear off, I’d bet on Gasly to be the best Alphatauri rider and have his best fantasy since Imola.
Sebastien Vettel ($4,200)
Starts on 9
Finally, we have Sebastian Vettel. With Aston Martin team-mate Lance Stroll starting 19th, we can practically score him for those points. He’s only finished in the top 10 twice this season, but it’s worth noting that one of those times was when he finished ninth at Monaco. He seems to be improving over the year and he’s a tough driver to pass.
He has also never finished below fourth place here. Sure, four of those starts were with Ferrari, but he finished second here last year for Aston Martin, his only podium finish last season. Great track for Vettel.
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