F1 Fantasy tips for the Styrian Grand Prix: Should you go all-in on Red Bull at the Red Bull Ring?
Red Bull's pair of home races begins with this weekend's Styrian Grand Prix, but does that mean you should double up on their drivers? Plus, we look at some interesting stats from the French GP and reveal a new F1 Fantasy prize for you to play for.
Firstly, you can win a signed Lando Norris cap by joining the F1 Fantasy Summer League. More on that and some great upcoming prizes right here.
Now, onto the Styrian Grand Prix – the first of two rounds at the Red Bull Ring. Here's a look at Red Bull's two drivers and their merits ahead of the Austrian double-header...
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Who should you buy for the Styrian GP?
Austria is Red Bull country and potential Max Verstappen ($25.6m) country too. OK, he hails from the Netherlands, but Austria is a happy hunting ground for the Dutchman who won the 2018 and 2019 iterations of the Austrian GP, qualifying second in his last three appearances at this circuit, including the 2020 Styrian GP.
Given Red Bull's proven prowess on this circuit, it might be time to put your chips on blue this weekend.
Furthermore, Verstappen's French GP win underlined his value for money in F1 Fantasy as he averages 11 points per million dollars spent – three and a half points more than Lewis Hamilton ($33.1m) averages.
As for team mate Sergio Perez ($18.6m), it's worth including him too as he has scored points in all but two of his visits to the Red Bull Ring and is proving a terrific team mate to Verstappen.
In fact, he averages more than 10 points per million dollars spent, so is good value too. But his price is growing at time of writing, so it's wise to get on the Perez train early if you've got the budget. If not, no worries – try and include Red Bull as your constructor to maximise your points over the Austrian double-header.
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Other drivers to include are Lando Norris of McLaren ($13.9m), AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly ($11.8m), and Haas' Mick Schumacher ($5.8m) who has netted more F1 Fantasy points than more expensive options Yuki Tsunoda ($8.4m), Antonio Giovinazzi ($8.0m) and George Russell ($6.2m), so is very good value.
There are no drivers on a race or qualifying streak this weekend, but McLaren are on the verge of a race streak this weekend; while Ferrari are on the verge of a qualifying streak at the Styrian GP.
F1 Fantasy stats ahead of Austria
As we approach the Austrian double-header of the season, here are some more interesting statistics from the F1 Fantasy Summary page. And remember, you can get a personalised stats email to help you hone your strategy by signing into your F1.com account and opting into emails here.
The Netherlands continues to be the highest-scoring country on average in F1 Fantasy, with 1,134.51 points per player. Finland, Mexico and Sweden continue to be in the top five in that regard, with Hong Kong having joined the top-five highest scoring nationalities after the French GP.
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Last week, McLaren supporters were the highest-scoring F1 Fantasy players on average but Red Bull suppporters have overtaken them after the French GP, with an average score of 1090 to McLaren supporters' 1084.
Those are still very healthy average scores, as the average score for a team that hasn't played the Mega Driver powerup is 990.1. The average score for a team that has played the Mega Driver powerup is 1,142.
Change your F1 Fantasy team before the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix – and sign up for the personalised stats email by clicking the 'opt in' box on your F1 account page.