The case of Ferrari vs McLaren is still a tough one to decide. On one hand, the Scuderia has a new engine for both drivers that has brought with it a reported 15hp boost which should account for at least a tenth in lap time. It’s a slim margin but so is the 7.5 points which separate the two teams in the constructors’ standings. On the other side of the coin, McLaren is running with Mercedes power which around the COTA circuit should be the engine to beat in terms of outright performance. Lower-speed corners have McLaren on the back foot and the start of sector three will have them at a disadvantage but the long back straight and aerodynamic efficiency will be crucial in determining the balance of power between the two.
Ones to avoid
AlphaTauri look good in the hands of one of its drivers and unfortunately for Yuki Tsunoda, it isn’t him. The rookie has improved from earlier mistakes this season that resulted in silly crashes and disappointing results but in terms of outright speed, the Japanese driver hasn’t matched the levels reached by team-mate Pierre Gasly in recent rounds.
Likewise there has only been one driver to stand out this season at Alfa Romeo though Antonio Giovinazzi has had to deal with more than a fair share of bad luck. On F1’s last visit to COTA, team-mate Kimi Räikkönen out-performed the Italian in the race despite starting behind him on the grid. It’s a familiar pattern that’s played out over the course of this season.
Top % picks
Red Bull remains the top pick for constructor despite being behind Mercedes in the championship. The team is now valued at 26.3m so remain a sizeable investment if you’re going to select them.
Lando Norris and Max Verstappen are currently selected by over 60% of players in the game with Pierre Gasly a distant third with 48% picking the Frenchman. George Russell and Charles Leclerc round out the top five most-picked drivers on F1 Fantasy heading into the US Grand Prix. They’re picked by 45% and 36% respectively.
United States Grand Prix picks
Lewis Hamilton (33.1m)
Valtteri Bottas (23.3m)
Lando Norris (14.2m)
Pierre Gasly (12.0m)
Nicholas Latifi (6.4m)