Formula Fantasy League – Portugal Weekend preview

In this article, we will dive into Fanteam’s Formula Fantasy League, and focus on the upcoming race weekend with Portugal Weekend preview. There is also a review of the previous Fanteam’s Formula Fantasy League in Germany.

Previous Formula Fantasy Review – Germany (Nurburgring)

The weekend in Germany was pretty exciting. As we predicted in the preview article Formula Fantasy League – Germany Weekend preview the weather was a huge factor of the weekend. The low temperature and the cold weather of Nurburgring was tough for the cars and the drivers. Lewis Hamilton managed to get his 91st Formula win and he matched Michael Schumacher’s record. Max Verstappen got 2nd place and Daniel Ricciardo the 3rd. 

Let’s see how it was played over the weekend.

Germany review: Free Practice

The weather in Nurburgring on Friday was foggy, causing the cars not to race due to safety reasons. The 3rd free practice was on Saturday morning and the weather was better. All the teams and the drivers had only one hour to practice making the session pretty interesting. Mercedes had the fastest car achieving the 1-2 in the FP3. The surprise of this session was Ferrari. They managed to get 3rd and 5th place and let everyone wonder if they could fight for the top places. The unfortunate fact of the day was Lance Stroll. He didn’t race in the practice because he was ill and Racing Point worried if he could race in the qualifying session.

Germany review: Qualifying 

The qualifying session was intense as always. Racing Point, one hour before the start of the qualifying race, announced that Nico Hulkenberg will take Lance Stroll’s place for the weekend. Hulkenberg had a big disadvantage with the last-minute call and without a run in the free practices, it was really hard for him to make a good lap. In Q1 Hulkenberg had the slowest time and he would start from 20th place on the grid. Giovinazzi had his first qualification to Q2 and Williams was the only team without a car for the rest of the qualifyings. In Q2 Vettel took 11th place and missed the opportunity to qualify for Q3. AlphaTauri took 12th and 13th place and Giovinazzi beaten Magnussen for 14th place.

In the final session (Q3) Bottas took his third pole of the season. Hamilton made the second-best qualifying lap and Verstappen was really close but third. Leclerc was the biggest surprise of the qualifyings. He was the best-of-rest locking the 4th place on the grid for Ferrari. Albon with the second Red Bull took 5th place and Renault followed with 6th (Ricciardo) and 7th (Ocon) place. Norris for McLaren was next in 8th place and Perez with Sainz in the 9th and 10th.  

Germany review: Race

The race was unpredictable once again with many drivers having mechanical issues. Lewis Hamilton achieved his 91st win in Nurburgring and matched Michael’s Schumacher win record. Max Verstappen took 2nd place and Daniel Ricciardo secured the first podium for Renault. Sergio Perez with Racing Point finished 4th ahead of McLaren of Carlos Sainz. Pierre Gasly got 6th place for AlphaTauri and Charles Leclerc finished in 7th.

Hulkenberg was the Driver of the Day with his 8th place. He started from the last place on the grid and he made a really good race gaining 12 positions. Romain Grosjean finished 9th taking his first points of the season and Antonio Giovinazzi finished the top 10 for Alfa Romeo. Vettel got left out of the points with his 11th place. He made a crucial mistake with spinning off that forced him to change to hard tires.

The cold weather in Nurburgring turned out to be crucial for the cars. For the first time this season, Mercedes had a DNF with Valtteri Bottas losing power and forcing him to retire. After Bottas, three more contenders in the top 10 faced mechanical issues. Alexander Albon with Red Bull, Esteban Ocon with Renault, and Lando Norris with McLaren forced to a DNF race. George Russell also did not finish after colliding with Kimi Raikkonen.  

Fantasy points in Germany (Nurburgring)

How Fantasy managers did in Germany (Nurburgring)

The top 3 drivers (Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen) were once again the most popular picks. Hamilton was picked by 83% of the managers and his teammate Bottas by 74%. Their rival Verstappen was picked in 76% of the teams. The mechanical issue that forced Bottas to retire shook things up in fantasy.

After the surprise of Ferrari in the free practices, many managers chose Charles Leclerc 53% and they were right. Ricciardo once again was really popular with 53% as well and Sergio Perez with 39%. Lando Norris disappointed 32% of the managers after his mechanical issue in the race and the second Ferrari didn’t go as well as Leclerc (Sebastian Vettel by 23%). The winning teams had Hamilton, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Leclerc, and Perez. 

Formula Fantasy League – Portugal draft

Formula Fantasy League – Portugal: the circuit

The Formula Fantasy League – Portugal weekend is held in Portimao. After 24 years, the league is about to return to Portugal. The track has never hosted the king of motorsports before. It was only used for pre-season testing in 2008-09. Several drivers on the grid experienced the Portuguese circuit during their junior careers, though. The circuit has a resemblance to the old Nurburgring circuit and Spa track. The circuit is good for overtaking because of the track width.

Portugal Weekend preview – driver prices

Lewis Hamilton (22.8M) is once again the most expensive driver by far. After Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas (19.1M) and Max Verstappen (18.6M) are the next most expensive drivers. For the battle of the best of the rest, we have a three-driver group with Racing Points Sergio Perez (14.4M) and Lance Stroll (12.1M), and Daniel Ricciardo (13.8M) with Renault between them. Next, there is  Alexander Albon (11.1M) with the second Red Bull and the McLarens with Carlos Sainz (10.8M) and Lando Norris (10.5M). The next group is around 9M with Esteban Ocon (9.2M), Charles Leclerc (8.8M), and Pierre Gasly (8.6M). Behind them is Sebastian Vettel (7.4M) and Daniil Kvyat (7.8M)and far from them are the cheapest drivers of Alfa Romeo, Haas, and Williams, all priced between 2M to 4.5M.

What to expect

We expect once again Mercedes to have a big advantage on the track. Mercedes have the best car and they are the team everyone wants to beat. Lewis Hamilton (22.8M) has the highest chances to win. Valtteri Bottas (19.1M) wants to return to the wins after his retirement cause of the mechanical issues last weekend. Max Verstappen (18.6M) wants to continue the good results and will fight to get a win from Mercedes. We expect Racing Points to go well with Sergio Perez (14.4M) and Lance Stroll (12.1M).

As for Ricciardo (13.5M), he has elevated morale after his podium and we expect him to drive really well. The McLarens with Sainz (10.8M) and Norris (10.5M)  will fight for the midfield. Charles Leclerc (8.8M) will put the car to the limit for the best outcome he can and Estaban Ocon (9.2M) will try to benefit from his good car. Alexander Albon (11.1M) with the second Red Bull has his ups and downs. We expect him to bounce back and fight for a good result. Williams has the slowest car and it will be hard for them to avoid the last places. 

Team preview – Mercedes

Mercedes are expected to be the best team. Lewis Hamilton (22.8M) is aiming for the 92nd win and become the driver with the most wins in the sport. He wants to continue with a win after the first place in Germany. As for his teammate Valtteri Bottas (19.1M) he will be focused to bounce back after his first DNF in the previous race.  

Team preview – Red Bull

Max Verstappen (18.6M) and Red Bull will fight for the win and their small upgrades helped them to close the gap between the better pace of Mercedes. Alexander Albon (11.1M) wants a good weekend after the disappointing weekend in Germany. Every formula weekend he is fighting to keep his position in Red Bull for next year.  

Team preview – Racing Point

Sergio Perez (14.4M) had really good outcomes in the last races and he wants to continue that way. His teammate Lance Stroll (12.1M) was diagnosed with Covid-19 and missed the last weekend. We expect him to be back and fight to return to the top places. Nico Hulkenberg will be the reserve driver. 

Team preview – Renault

Daniel Ricciardo (13.8M) is one the best drivers in the previous formula weekends and he has a really good form. Last weekend Ricciardo had a podium after two years. Renault has improved a lot since the beginning. This weekend in Portugal Ricciardo is more expensive than the previous races and it will be interesting to see how many managers will pick him. Esteban Ocon (9.2M) after the DNF in Germany will be eager to have a good outcome. 

Team preview – McLaren

McLaren was good in Germany and we expect them to be good in Portugal too. We expect Lando Norris (10.5M) to bounce back after the mechanical issue he had and Carlos Sainz (10.8M) after his 5th place in Germany wants to continue with good results. 

Team preview – AlphaTauri

AlphaTauri has improved over the last few races and the next one will be again a challenge for them to get some points. Pierre Gasly (8.6M) had a good race in Germany and might be a good choice for Portugal. As for his teammate, Daniil Kvyat (6.8M) had issues in Germany and he is a more risky choice. 

Team preview – Ferrari

Ferrari is improving race by race and Charles Leclerc (8.8M) wants to continue to be in the top 10. Leclerc had a really good weekend in Germany based on the potential of his car.  Sebastian Vettel continues to be worse than his teammate and will fight once again to get a top 10. 

Team preview – Haas

Haas achieved a top 10 in Germany. Both of their drivers have lost their places in the team for the next season and it will be interesting to see how they will react. Kevin Magnussen (3.4M) and Romain Grosjean (3.0M) will race to show their talent for a spot in the formula. 

Team preview – Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo will fight against Haas and Williams. They want to beat Haas and Williams in the championship and Kimi Raikkonen (4.5M) with his teammate Antonio Giovinazzi (3.1M) will try to take points for the team. Giovinazzi had a good race last weekend and achieved a top 10. It will be really hard for Alfa Romeo to get points and we expect to fight for the lower places between Haas and Williams. 

Team preview – Williams

Williams has still the worst car on the grid. George Russell (2.5M) and Nicolas Latifi (2.0M) will fight to avoid the last positions once again. 

Summing up – Portugal Weekend Preview

Another Race Weekend is ahead of us in Portugal! We’re looking forward to seeing Hamilton compete for his 92nd win, Red Bull to fight for the strategic advantage with the tires, and the three midfield teams to have a good competition for the best-of-the-rest. 

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