F1 Fantasy: Tips for the Russian GP – plus details on some great new prizes up for grabs
We’re over the halfway point this season but it’s still all to play for in F1 Fantasy, whether you’re playing for pride or prizes. Speaking of prizes, there are a whole bunch of those available in our official team mini-leagues, which we expand on below. Plus, we've got some top tips for you ahead of the upcoming race in Russia, where you could make massive gains if you play your cards right…
Mini-leagues and new prizes
Whether you’re a new or existing F1 Fantasy player, now’s the time to join leagues and get creating as there are a whole host of great prizes to be won.
The ‘Race To The Finish’ mini-league (code: 44e81e9550) starts with the Russian GP and lasts until the end of the season – with a Mercedes cap signed by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas up for grabs.
Then there are also official F1 team mini-leagues, where you can face-off against other fans of teams like Williams and Red Bull, with each of them offering brilliant prizes to the winners. Scroll down to see what you can win – including 2021 Paddock Passes, signed merchandise and more!
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing F1 Fantasy Mini-League
1st place: Signed mini-helmet, signed Red Bull cap, and signed water bottle
2nd place: Signed Red Bull cap, and signed water bottle
3rd place: Signed Red Bull driver cards, and signed water bottle
Join Red Bull's mini-league here or use the code: 18459cb183
Haas F1 Official Race to Abu Dhabi Mini-League
1st place: Signed framed poster, and signed Haas cap
2nd – 5th place: Signed Haas cap
Join Haas's mini-league here or use the code: efe5139565
McLaren Mid Season Mini-League
1st place: Signed Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris cap
2nd place: We Race As One U-Mask
3rd place: Signed McLaren driver cards
Join McLaren's mini-league here or use the code: e439c946b4
Williams Mid Season Mini League
1st place: Williams-hosted Paddock Pass for 2021 race of choice
Runner up prizes TBC
Join Williams' mini-league here or use the code: 3fa294f129
AlphaTauri Mid Season Mini League
Join AlphaTauri's mini-league here or use the code: 03b3ab14ed
Racing Point Mid Season Mini League
Join Racing Point's mini-league here or use the code: f1923b8fda
Tips for the Russian GP – use your Mega Driver powerup
Want to get your hands on some of those brilliant prizes? You'll need to get your team in top shape for the Russian GP, so here are a few tips ahead of the race at Sochi.
Now is a very fine time to play your second Mega Driver powerup of the season, as Lewis Hamilton is on both a race streak and a qualifying streak. If he gets top-10 finishes in qualifying and the race, he’ll net 15 extra points. A Mega Driver powerup will multiply that by three and fire you up the standings.
Other drivers on qualifying streaks, which net five extra points, are Hamilton’s Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen of Red Bull and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz. Sainz, at over $15m, could be your pick this week from the midfield – and he finished a stellar sixth at Sochi last year – so stick a Turbo Driver powerup on the Spaniard if you can afford to buy him.
If you can't afford Sainz, don't fret. Sergio Perez is a good bet in Russia, costing under $10m at time of writing and on a run of four solid F1 Fantasy scores. He doesn’t net huge points (bar Tuscany thanks to race and qualifying streaks) but he scores consistently. He also featured in the Team of The Week from Mugello, which is below.
Also be aware that Daniel Ricciardo has made it three consecutive top-10 qualifications and race finishes - so he'll be set to net 15 extra points at the Portuguese Grand Prix if he keeps this run going.
Home driver Daniil Kvyat is another one to watch out for, as he’s taken two consecutive top-10 finishes this season and costs just under $10m. Kvyat and Ricciardo also featured in the Team Of The Week from last week’s race – as seen above. So click here to get your team ready now - or sign up if you haven't already.