F1 Fantasy picks this week for the Japanese GP


F1 action moves to Japan this weekend and it’s time once again to take a closer look at the potential fantasy game changers at the Japanese GP

As we approach the business end of the season, there is definitely some stability in terms of reliable picks and strategies. Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez have been the core players in most of our teams. Carlos Sainz and George Russell have emerged as popular picks over the last few weeks thanks to their consistent performances.

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Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez, Charles Leclerc- which two drivers should we opt for? Is it a good time to punt on Lewis Hamilton? Which constructor seems to be the safest bet going forward – Ferrari or Mercedes or Red Bull? We have got all the answers you’re looking for and we’re back after a break with your weekly dose of F1 Fantasy!

Two of Verstappen, Perez and Leclerc are a must in your team. If you are trailing by quite a big margin, you might be tempted to punt on Lewis Hamilton but that could eventually turn out to be a suicidal move for your overall rank. As of now, we can stick to our original core.

Kevin Magnussen started as a great budget pick with the Haas driver following up his P5 finish with a P9 in Saudi Arabia. However, there seems to be a dip in form and you might have to look for alternative options like Esteban Ocon. George Russell has been very consistent and is a must buy, if you still don’t have him. Red Bull have emerged as the safest bet when it comes to the single constructor slot and seem to be the go-to option ahead of both Ferrari and Mercedes.

What should be the strategy going forward?

You will get three free substitutions ahead of the Grand Prix. Use them to bring in drivers you feel will do well in Japan. A settled core combination including two of Verstappen, Leclerc and Perez is a must and you can build your team around them. Carlos Sainz and George Russell are potentially good picks as a cover for your marquee driver. Esteban Ocon is one more option if you are looking for a budget-friendly, effective pick. Verstappen is once again a pre-race favourite and if you want to take a punt using a chip, Charles Leclerc also looks a good option.

The most important part is – Remember to save and submit your teams before the deadline which is the qualifying on Saturday evening.

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