F1 Fantasy Racing — How to Play DFS Formula 1 on DraftKings

F1 has arrived at DraftKings. The game is simple to learn but requires skill to master. Lifelong F1 fans will have an advantage, but the handy scoring system makes these contests accessible and fun for DFS players lining up on the grid for the first time.

The Fantasy F1 scoring system at DraftKings combines the Showdown format of other sports with a variation of the Fantasy NASCAR scoring system. DFS players will draft five drivers and one constructor (team) while staying under the $50,000 salary cap. As in showdown contests, one of the five selected drivers will be designated as the captain’s choice. This driver will earn 1.5 times the standard value of fantasy points for each stat, but the captain’s pick will cost 1.5 times his regular salary.

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Final Position Points

Drivers will earn points based on their finishing position. First place is worth 25 DKFP (DraftKings Fantasy Points) and second place is worth 18 DKFP. Points drop from the top 10 and align with the F1 scoring system. Drivers finishing outside the Top 10 will not earn points for finishing position

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This is another category that is self explanatory. If a driver leads a lap, that driver earns 0.1 DKFP. The beauty of this scoring method is that it is very easy to follow the lap scores during the race. If a driver leads 25 laps, then the driver gets 2.5 laps of points led. If a driver has 2.1 points from laps led, then the driver led 21 laps.

Defeated teammate

There are many reasons for rivalries between teammates in F1. This is not a ball and stick sport where team success is mutual. Teammates do not share wins or podiums. Just watch a couple of minutes of the hit series “Formula 1: Drive To Survive” on Netflix, and the importance of this category becomes very clear. Outpacing a teammate is a big deal in Formula 1 and it’s a big deal in DraftKings. The difference between winning and losing a DraftKings F1 contest can be decided by the “vs”. category. For example, Valtteri Bottas finished third in the 2021 standings, but his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton finished better than Bottas in 18 of 22 races. The five points Hamilton took from almost every race was huge, given that the average F1 Fantasy score was 35.8 DKFP last season.

Classified Pilot at the Finish Line

A qualified finish is defined as 90% or more of the race completed, measured by laps completed/total laps. Basically a driver who runs almost every lap and avoids a mechanical failure or crash. While this may seem like a miserable point, it could be the deciding factor between which backmarker is in the winning lineup and which one isn’t. Nikita Mazepin only earned this point in 76% of the races last season.

Points vs. Grid Position

This is similar to placing the differential score in Fantasy NASCAR. If a driver earns places, then he is rewarded. If a driver finishes worse than where he started, then he loses points. The Scoring System Spots vs. Grid (SVG) classifies positional wins into seven scoring blocks (+10, +5, +3, 0, -3, -5 and -10). If a driver wins 10 places or more, that driver receives 5 DKFP. A win of +5 is worth 3 DKFP and a win of +3 is worth 2 DKFP. If a driver finishes worse than his position on the starting grid, he will lose points: -10 SVG (-5 DKFP), -5 SVG (-3 DKFP) and -3 SVG (-2 DKFP).

Points versus grid position points do not stack. If a driver starts 20th and finishes 6th (+14 SVG points earned). That driver earns 5 DKFP for the +10 SVG score block. The driver does not earn SVG standing points for both the +10 (+5 DKFP) SVG scoring block and the +3 (+2 DKFP) SVG scoring block. The +14 SVG position points earned by the driver fit into the +10 SVG scoring block, so the driver receives 5 DKFP for this category. No other points will be added.

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Builder Score

The constructors are the Formula 1 teams. Each fantasy F1 lineup will select one constructor. Constructors will accumulate Fantasy Points in a similar way to Drivers, but with a few differences. For example, the maximum driver score in Abu Dhabi was 35.1 DKFP (Max Verstappen) and the maximum constructor score was 38.1 (Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas). For the most part, this roster position could be considered another driver.

Builder Finish Position Points

The driver’s score and the constructor’s score for the finishing position points are the same, but with one difference. The constructor earns points for finishing position for both team drivers. In Abu Dhabi last season, Yuki Tsunoda finished fourth (12 DKFP) and his teammate Pierre Gasly fifth (10 DKFP). The constructor, Alpha Tauri, scored the combination of both finishes by 22 DKFP in the finishing position points scoring category.

Constructor Turns Led

Manufacturers and drivers earn points for laps led at the same rate (0.1 DFKP for each lap led). The only difference is that a manufacturer will earn points for laps led by both drivers.

Builder’s Rated Finish

This is an all or nothing category. Drivers receive 1 DKFP for a qualified finish. If both drivers of the constructor get a qualifying result, the constructor will receive 2 DKFP. If a driver retires early or does not meet the 90% threshold, the builder will not receive any points.

top 10 builders

This is similar to the ranked score category, but is slightly improved. If both constructor drivers finish inside the Top 10, then the constructor selection wins 5 DKFP.

Constructor podium (1st-2nd-3rd)

In addition to the top 10 points, constructors can earn 3 DKFP if both of their drivers earn a podium place (top 3 finish).

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Fantasy F1 line-ups cannot include two drivers from the same team along with their constructor.

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