ITS LIGHTS OUT
FanTeam are delighted to announce the return of the fantasy season-long Formula One game.
This year the contest is back faster than ever with more drama than the 2021 season, which saw Max Verstappen snatch the title from Lewis Hamilton in the last lap of the last race in Abu Dhabi.
To play in FanTeam’s €20,000 2022 Formula One Season Game contest, you will need to create and enter an 6-man team, consisting of 5 Drivers and 1 Constructor (eg: Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes, ect) – with a budget of £100M.
Once you’re happy with your team and captaincy choice, submit your team for an entry fee of €20/£16.80.
Managers are welcome to enter a maximum of 10 teams to this contest, for a higher chance of scooping that mouth-watering €2,000 first place prize or top 150 place pay out.
More contest rules and a breakdown of scoring can be found on the FanTeam Blog
For those of you who are not familiar with formula one then there are 10 teams with 2 drivers in each.
I breakdown every team and every driver below, with my favorite drivers for the 2022 season-long contest.
RED BULL RACING
Red Bull welcome back both 2021 drivers in Sergio Perez and world champion Max Verstappen. Despite the controversial circumstances surrounding his first world championship no one can deny Mad Max was not a worthy world champion. Sergio Perez proved to be the ultimate team player in holding up Verstapens rival Lewis Hamilton in that last race and team Red Bull will be hoping he can find more podiums this year as they chase the constructors title.
Red Bull looked solid throughout testing this off season and at this point clearly have the best car. Everything about the Red Bull testing exuded confidence. I think it’s safe to say that last year’s team to beat is still this year’s team to beat.
I will certainly be starting my lineups with Max Verstappen (31.5M captain) and team Red Bull constructors (8.0M). I would need to see some more from Sergio Perez before including him in my lineups.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Mercedes last year as they won the constructors title. They welcome back 7 time world champion Lewis Hamilton who will be out for revenge after losing the world championship on the last lap of the last race in 2021. Lewis has a new team-mate this year in former Williams driver George Russell. The Mercedes academy graduate earned the seat after impressing with his poise and attitude. He will certainly push Lewis all the way this year which can only be a good thing for Mercedes.
Mercedes looked off the pace through testing, behind both Red Bull and Ferrari. Both drivers have come out publicly and voiced concerns about the car going into the opening race. This seems to be a problem every year with Mercedes, who somehow get it right on race day. With that in mind I won’t be reading too much into it.
Like Max Lewis Hamilton (32.5M Captain) is a great starting point for any line-up. I will also have exposure to George Russell (25.5M) who I feel could go lower owned. We also get some discount on Mercedes constructor (7.5M). Remember Mercedes have won the constructors title 8 times in 8 years..
The sleeping giant! Ferrari welcome back both 2021 drivers in Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. Leclerc is the poster boy for this team for sure but his team-mate Sainz out performed him in 2021 which saw Ferrari get back up to third in the constructor race. Both drivers will look to push on again this year and will no doubt be fighting each other at the top of the grid again.
Everytime the Ferrari was on track for testing it looked stable and fast! There’s optimism within the Ferrari garage that they can grab their first F1 win since 2019. At this point they are Red Bulls closest rivals and will be looking to win a first constructors title in 14 years.
I like both Ferrari drivers for my line-ups and will have exposure to both as captains! There’s not much to separate them in pricing so both are great options. Charles Leclerc (24.5M) Carlos Sainz (23.5M). With that being said at this stage I don’t have any interest in the Ferrari constructor (7.0M) As i believe that Ferrari more than any other team will let their drivers race each other early on which as we’ve seen in the past can end in disaster.
Mclaren welcome back both 2021 drivers in Lando Norris and Daniel Riccardo. Norris earned himself a contract extension this year after 4 podium finishes in 2021, surely that first F1 win is around the corner? Riccardo got Mclarens first F1 win since 2012 in Monza last year and will be looking to push his younger team mate again.
The Mclaren got off to a hot start in testing but then faced 2 major setbacks in Bahrain. The first of those problems was that Daniel Riccardo got COVID, so monitor him for this week’s race. The second was a more concerning one as they encountered break cooling issues. Even if they can sort this out before the Bahrain GP I have issues with how the car is built/designed to deal with this opening track.
I do prefer Lando Norris (22.5M) at this stage as he has done far more testing in this new car, but he comes at a premium. Daniel Riccardo (16.5M) is a very interesting option as we get a massive discount and as proven last year has what it takes to win. We will however have to monitor the COVID situation. I need to see more from Mclaren (6.0M) before I contemplate using them.
Rising from the ashes of Renault, team Alpine welcome back former world champion Fernando Alonso and Esteben Ocon as its 2022 drivers. Alonso, a former 2 time world champion racing nous was plain for all to see in Hungary last year as he held up Hamilton allowing team-mate Ocon to grab his first F1 win.
Alpine seemed to have some reliability issues in testing early on but everything seemed to come together towards the final 2 days. A team in the middle of the pack where margins are so fine, they will certainly hope they have no reliability issues are fixed as they look to push on in 2022.
Not much to separate between the 2 drivers price wise Fernando Alonso (15.5M) Esteben Ocon (14.0M) but I think I prefer the veteran Alonso early on just for those veteran instincts. I won’t have any interest in Alpine (5.5M) as a constructor.
Alpha Tauri welcome back both 2021 drivers Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda. Gasly will be hoping to build on last year’s momentum where he gained 110 points, as he targets a return to the top of the grid with one of the big hitters. Tsunoda, a rookie in 2021 had some flashes himself but will be on the hot seat this year after multiple big crashes and explicit rants.
The Tauri tested well this off season with solid pace and plenty of laps. Team principal Franz Tost has come out and said that the car has a strong package and is reliable, as Alpha Tauri look to push on again in 2022.
A big difference in pricing between the 2 drivers on this team and rightly so! Pierre Gasly (16.0M) Yuki Tsunoda (10.5M) Out of the 2 it’s Gasly who I want as he is just a more reliable driver and constant points scorer. I don’t have any interest in the Alpha Tauri (5.0M) As a constructor, mainly because I don’t trust Tsunoda enough.
James Bond fans get excited! Well maybe not. Aston Martin welcome back both 2021 drivers in 4 time world champion Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll. Vettel, Formula one’s youngest world champion, somehow dragged the Aston Martin to its highest ever F1 finish with a second in Azerbaijan last year. Many believe that Lance Stroll only has this seat as his Dad owns the team but he does have 3 podium finishes in his F1 career and is a natural in the wet.
There’s a case for putting Aston Martin at the front of this mid-field pack if you look at single lap pace in testing but the fact of the matter is we just didn’t see enough of it.
Not much difference in pricing between the 2 drivers Sebastian Vettel (12.5M) Lance Stroll (11.0M) but it’s Vettel I prefer. Similar to Alonso I just want exposure to the veteran who will likely score more. No interest in Aston Martin (4.5M) constructor, just haven’t seen enough yet.
Long gone are the days of Damon Hill and competing with Ferrari at the very top for team Williams who have Alexander Albon and Nicholas Latifi. Albon who was let go by Red Bull in 2020 will want to improve on his 2 podium finishes in his F1 career as he looks to land another chance at the top of the grid. Latifi will be looking at the chance to rekindle his impressive 2019 form that saw him come second in the Formula Two championship.
Williams had serious brake issues in the last 2 days of testing which saw Latifi’s car catch fire. They look already behind their mid-field rivals and look destined for the back of the grid again.
Both drivers are priced similar Alexander Albon (8.0M) Nicholas Latifi (6.0M) but I just have zero interest in a team that’s destined for the back of the grid on a weekly basis. I will have no interest in Williams constructor (4.0M) for the same reasons.
A new driver line-up for Alfa Romeo which includes former Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu. Bottas who has multiple podium F1 finishes may have to get use to the back of the grid more than he is used to, but the Finish driver undoubtedly has the talent to course one or two shocks. Guanyu makes history as China’s first ever F1 driver.
The Romeo got off to an awful start in testing reliability and proposing issues. They did however finish testing strongly with both drivers being able to push the car to the limit.
A big difference between the 2 drivers with Valtteri Bottas (9.0M) Guanyu Zhou (4.5M) It will be Bottas that im interested in, again the veteran instincts are what draw me to him. No interest in Alfa Romeo constructor (3.5M) currently but I do look forward to seeing them hopefully push on this year.
Haas have had the most disruptive pre-season off any team with a driver change and sponsor change. They welcome back Mick Schumacher this year who will look to push on from a difficult 2021 rookie campaign, mainly due to the car he was dealt. They also welcome back Kevin Magnussen after 2 years away from the sport.
The Haas grabbed all the headlines in testing with fast lap times and no reliability issues which plagued the team in 2021. The team are clearly back in the mid-field pack and will be looking to score points each and every race.
I love both drivers at the huge discount price. Kevin Magnussen (3.5M) Mick Schumacher (3.0M) and will have exposure to both across all my builds. I won’t have any exposure to Haas constructors (3.0M) not until I’ve seen it perform on race day.
Although I will be entering multiple line-ups across the F1 season-long contest, this is my favorite build currently.
As you can see, the lineup is built around my favourite drivers above and offers a balanced approach.
I hope this article has given you plenty of food for thought – especially for those of you that know very little about Formula One.
Formula One Season-Long contest starts 18/03/2022 15.00PM GMT be sure to enter your lineups early to avoid missing out.
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