In this article, we will dive into Fanteam’s Formula Fantasy League, and focus on the upcoming last race of the season in Abu Dhabi. There is also a review of the previous Fanteam’s Formula Fantasy League for the second weekend of Bahrain.
Previous Formula Fantasy Review – Bahrain #2
The second weekend in Bahrain was very interesting. The outer layout of the track in Bahrain was extremely fast and we saw laps under 54 seconds in qualifyings and 87 laps in the race! George Russell raced with Mercedes taking the place of Hamilton who tested positive for covid-19. Two drivers had a debut and Russell raced with a competitive car.
Let’s take a closer look:
Bahrain #2 review: Free Practice
The weekend’s action started with the first two free practices on Friday and followed by the third on Saturday as usual.
In the first practice, George Russell was the quickest and finished first ahead of the second Max Verstappen and the third Alex Albon. Bottas finished 4th and lost the first battle against Russell.
In the second free practice, George Russell continued his excellent work and made once the best lap. Max Verstappen finished second, Sergio Perez third, and Esteban Ocon fourth.
In the third free practice, Max Verstappen made a really good session and finished first. Valtteri Bottas was second and Pierre Gasly 3rd.
Bahrain #2 review: Qualifyings
The qualifyings are always exciting and in a high-speed track with laps under 1 minute it was even more breathtaking.
In Q1, Bottas set the pace and made the quickest lap using the medium compound tires along with his teammate George Russell. Verstappen used the soft compound and finished 2nd. Alexander Albon found himself in a dangerous spot finishing 15th. As expected the two cars of Haas and Williams and a car of Alfa Romeo didn’t make the cut. Magnussen, Latifi, Aitken, Raikkonen, and Fittipaldi knocked out.
In Q2, most of the teams tried to qualify with a medium set of tires. Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault, and Verstappen started with mediums. Verstappen managed to be the quickest in this session while his teammate Albon failed to qualify. Ferrari switched to softs and Leclerc qualify for Q3 but Vettel couldn’t make it. Norris made a serious mistake on his second run and he couldn’t improve his 15th place. Ocon, Albon, Vettel, Giovinazzi, and Norris didn’t qualify.
In Q3, Mercedes had a strategy of three tries. In the first one, they raced with a used set of softs finishing 3rd (Bottas) and 5th (Russell). Leclerc made one try and he used his only one new set of softs and made an incredible lap finishing 2nd after the first attempt of the drivers while Verstappen was first. With the new sets of soft tires, Bottas managed to make the best lap and Russell the second leaving Verstappen in third place. Leclerc surprised with his 4th place and Sergio Perez came 5th. Kvyat, Ricciardo, Sainz, Gasly, and Stroll were the rest of the top 10 in qualifyings.
Bahrain #2 review: Race
George Russell had a great start and managed to be ahead of Valtteri Bottas and in the first place. The two Mercedes didn’t let Verstappen go between them. Charles Leclerc failed to slow down at turn 4 and hit Sergio Perez causing Leclerc to spin around. He had left-front suspension damage and he slithered into the wall. Verstappen tried to avoid the incident but he lost control of his car and crashed next to Leclerc’s Ferrari. Perez went to the pits and changed to mediums after the contact.
The safety car came out in order to move the two cars away from the barriers. Russell led a good restart of the race and managed to escape at the front. Bottas had a tough job against Sainz and Perez but managed to stay in front. Perez was really fast and he managed to climb from 18th to 4th. Russell was having a great race leading the race and Bottas was second but a second safety car shacked things up after Jack Aitken got a swapper on a corner, wiping the front wing off.
Mercedes called for a pit stop for both of their drivers. The pit stop was so terrible that it will be hard to forget. The employees of Mercedes lost some significant time for Russell’s change of tires to mediums but there was much more confusion with Bottas. They tried to put mediums but after a while, they changed them back to the hard compound he was using. Valtteri Bottas lost a lot of time and he got out in 6th position. Russell was called to the pits again after the team announced they mixed up the tires of the drivers. Mercedes made a terrible mistake and the drivers of the team lost the opportunity of a win and a podium finish.
Sergio Perez was incredible, won the race, and became the 2nd Mexican driver to win. He was the driver with the most starts without a win, so it was a well-earned victory right at the time he needed it the most. His ex-teammate, Esteban Ocon with Renault, got his first podium finishing 2nd. Sergio Perez’s teammate Lance Stroll finished 3rd for a double podium for Racing Point. That dream result gave Racing Point a lot of points for the battle in the constructor’s championship, making them the clear favorite with only one race to follow.
Fantasy points in Bahrain #2
How Fantasy managers did in Bahrain #2
With the absence of Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen was the most expensive and the most popular driver with 81% of managers choosing him and as captain 41%. Valterri Bottas was next with 74% and captained by 34%. Pierre Gasly and Alexander Albon were significantly popular with 53% while George Russell with Mercedes picked by 52% and 15% as captain.
Red Bull was really disappointing this week with Verstappen getting a DNF and Albon finishing only 6th. Also, Gasly didn’t have a good weekend. As we can see below, the best team didn’t have as captain the best driver of the weekend. Sergio Perez wasn’t picked as captain by anyone. This unexpected loss by Mercedes and the crash of Verstappen brought ups and downs in the fantasy.
Abu Dhabi Weekend preview
This is the last race of the season. A season where everything changed due to the pandemic. We saw many different destinations and most of the races took place in Europe. Overall the races we witnessed were amazing and the last weekend in Abu Dhabi will be great.
Lewis Hamilton is returning to action and Russell is heading back to Williams. Hamilton once again is the big favorite to win the race and Mercedes is the team to beat. The battle between Racing Point, McLaren, and Renault is huge for their final position in the constructor’s standings.
The track in Abu Dhabi has two big straits with two DRS zones and low-speed corners. The circuit has twenty-one corners! The best lap is by Lewis Hamilton and the number of laps of the race will be 55.
What to expect
We expect Mercedes to focus on winning after the bad pit-stop in Bahrain that cost them the victory. Lewis Hamilton is the big favorite for the win as he has the most wins in this track. The circuit suits the Ferrari car and we might see a good finish for Leclerc.
Team preview – Mercedes
The champion team of course has the best car and a big edge for the win. Lewis Hamilton (22.6M) will race in Abu Dhabi for the last race of the season. He missed a race due to Covid-19 but couldn’t miss another one. He will try to have a strong finish and get a victory. Valtteri Bottas (19.0M) wants to bounce back and win his teammate in the last race. The condition of Hamilton after the covid-19 is the only concern we have.
Team preview – Red Bull
Red Bull and Max Verstappen (18.4M) lost the opportunity to get a victory last weekend. Now Hamilton is back on the grid and Verstappen will fight once again to beat Mercedes. Alexander Albon (12.9M) desperately needs a great weekend in order to maintain the seat in Red Bull for next year.
Team preview – Racing Point
Racing Point had a dream race in Bahrain. Sergio Perez won and Lance Stroll finished 3rd for a double podium finish. Sergio Perez (14.2) is the best behind Hamilton-Bottas and Verstappen and wants to finish strong in order to claim the second seat in Red Bull for 2021. Lance Stroll (12.6M).
Team preview – McLaren
Carlos Sainz (11.8M) and Lando Norris (11.4M) want to gain as many points as possible for the battle in the constructor’s championship. Their car is fast and is good in low-speed corners.
Team preview – Renault
This track is better for Renault than Bahrain and might suit their car. Daniel Ricciardo (13.1M) is among the fastest drivers and Esteban Ocon (10.8M) had a podium finish last weekend.
Team preview – Ferrari
Ferrari will be better this weekend. The circuit suits the car and Charles Leclerc (10.2M) might be able to deliver a good result for Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel (7.5M) is worse than Leclerc but we have to see if his experience in this track will help him to win his teammate. Leclerc has a 3-place penalty because of the accident he caused the previous weekend.
Team preview – AlphaTauri
Pierre Gasly (9.6M) is delivering good results every week, this track will be better than Bahrain for AlphaTauri and Gasly might be a good choice. Daniil Kvyat (8.2M) won’t have a seat for the next season, so he will try and make a good result in order to claim a seat for 2022.
Team preview – Alfa Romeo
Kimi Raikkonen (4.0M) has the most experience to win the battle between the bottom 6 drivers of Alfa-Haas and Williams. His teammate Antonio Giovinazzi (3.6M) will try for the best position possible.
Team preview – Haas
Kevin Magnussen (3.2M) will enjoy his last races with formula while his teammate for a second weekend Pietro Fittipaldi (2.0M) will fight for something better than the last spot.
Team preview – Williams
George Russell (5.0M) had a great performance with Mercedes and now must race with his weak car. He will fight against Nicholas Latifi (2.0M), Alfa Romeo, and Haas.
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