F1 fantasy 2022: Tips, rules, scoring system plus how to pick your drivers and team for Formula One game – iNews

Formula One teams are probably just getting used to the idea of a salary cap but millions of fans have been coping with that for years in fantasy F1.
Each manager gets a budget of $100m to spend on five drivers and one constructor. At the start of the season, driver prices ranged from Lewis Hamilton at $31.0m (reigning world champion Max Verstappen is just behind on $30.5m) to Kevin Magnussen at $5.5m. With that in mind we’re looking for valuable drivers in terms of points per buck spent.
There is dynamic pricing too, which means how many other managers are buying or selling a driver will dictate whether his value goes up or down, and also means you can increase your overall budget by owning popular drivers.
You can make up to six substitutions each raceweek without incurring a penalty, and your line-up locks when qualifying starts. The “Wildcard” allows you to make as many as 12 free substitutions in a raceweek, and you get two per season.
You also need to select a “Turbo Driver” each week, whose points will be doubled, but they must be one of those costing under $20m, i.e. not Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen or George Russell.
There is also a “Mega Driver” chip and you get two of these, one for the first half of the season and one for the second. Unlike the Turbo Driver chip, you can use it on any driver you like.
1. Practice makes perfect
It’s not worth making any firm decisions on your team until after the raceweek’s practice sessions. They may be condensed into a shorter window this year but they will still give you a decent idea of who is going to be quick over the weekend.
It will also help you work out what other managers think about the field, and which drivers might garner you a significant increase in price over the next few weeks.
2. Money money money
As mentioned above, being able to turn your $100m into something more will go a long way towards getting you big points at the end of the season.
Clearly, drivers who go well early on will increase in value, but it’s worth considering that you do not even need to own a driver for a whole race to make money on them: prices change constantly during raceweek, meaning you could use your six free substitutions to pick up profit during the week. For example, you could buy Sergio Perez on Monday morning after he goes well in Bahrain but then sell him before he races again to pick up a small profit, and at the end of the season, that will all add up to allow you to crowbar in multiple big-price properties.
3. Win the midfield battle
With Mercedes expected to be fighting with Red Bull at the front again, the points are going to be won and lost in the mid-pack this year, because most people will start the season with two of Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Mercedes and then try to fill out the rest. Thanks to the new regulations, racing is already looking much closer in the midfield pack, but development in the first year is expected to be fast and fluctuating.
Friday practice will be even more important in that context, but it might be a case of value-hunting in the pack for drivers whose prices will go up, and avoiding overpriced stars who will surely go down.
Lewis Hamilton for example dropped from $31m to $30.7 in just the first two races of the season as Mercedes’ early struggles hurt his value. Lando Norris was a value pick in 2021 but started the season as the seventh-most expensive driver only for McLaren to similarly bomb in the early stages of the year.
Valtteri Bottas at $9.0m looked like a valuable pre-season pick on the grounds that he should regularly win his team-mate battle against rookie Zhou Guanyu, and if Alfa can at least produce a reliable car he should be able to pick up places on race day with his experienced racing head – and sure enough his value went up $0.5m in the first two races of the year.
NB positions gained and lost points only apply to finishers and do not compound on top of a DNF
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