2022 F1 Monaco GP DFS Picks

by Mike Bonni
2022 F1 Monaco GP DFS Picks

Welcome everyone to the 2022 F1 Monaco GP DFS Picks article. In this article, I will be going over the track details, history, qualifying results, and the drivers you should be putting in your lineups on Sunday.

This week the drivers are in Monaco. Some say this is the holy grail of F1 races and winning here is a must for every driver on the grid. Although, there are rumblings in the paddock that Monaco is on its last limbs. Monaco's contract with F1 is running out, but this isn't the worst thing. The more pressing issue is the quality of races. In the past few years, Monaco has become one of the most boring races during the season. Overtaking has become non-existent (almost), which makes for a predictable/boring race.

Hopefully, the 2022 race can provide some entertainment. If not, we could be losing Monaco, which could be catastrophic for F1.

Let's get right into the 2022 F1 Monaco GP DFS Picks article.

2022 F1 Monaco GP DFS Picks

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First things first, I will go over the track details/facts of this historic track.

Track Details/Facts

  • 78 Laps
  • 19 Turns
  • Street Circuit; Narrow
  • First race= 1950
  • Most Wins= Ayrton Senna (6)

Previous Winners

  • 2021- Max Verstappen
  • 2020- Cancelled (Covid)
  • 2019- Lewis Hamilton
  • 2018- Daniel Ricciardo
  • 2017- Sebastian Vettel
  • 2016- Lewis Hamilton

Qualifying Results

  1. Charles LeClerc - Ferrari
  2. Carlos Sainz - Ferrari
  3. Sergio Perez - Red Bull
  4. Max Verstappen - Red Bull
  5. Lando Norris - McLaren
  6. George Russell - Mercedes
  7. Fernando Alonso - Alpine
  8. Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes
  9. Sebastian Vettel - Aston Martin
  10. Esteban Ocon - Alpine
  11. Yuki Tsunoda - AlphaTauri
  12. Valtteri Bottas - Alfa Romeo
  13. Kevin Magnussen - Haas
  14. Daniel Ricciardo - McLaren
  15. Mick Schumacher - Haas
  16. Alex Albon - Williams
  17. Pierre Gasly - AlphaTauri
  18. Lance Stroll - Aston Martin
  19. Nicholas Latifi - Williams
  20. Guanyu Zhou - Alfa Romeo

Quick Notes

  • Max Verstappen's Qualifying struggles continue. (Race Pace is extraordinary though.)
  • Yuki out qualifies Gasly for 2nd straight race.
  • George Russell out qualifies Lewis Hamilton again. The qualifying is 4-2 in Russell's favor.
  • Ferrari looks like the team to beat, LeClerc gets his 5th pole of 2022.
  • Aston Martin, mainly Vettel looks very solid this weekend.
  • Alpine looks good and should be able to score double points this weekend.

As we continue with the 2022 F1 Monaco GP DFS Picks article, the long-awaited picks are next.

DFS Picks

Now for the moment, you have all been waiting for, the DFS picks section.

*REMEMBER THIS. It is super difficult to pass here, so choose your drivers wisely.*

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Ferrari- First, most reliable choice.

Ferrari will be starting from P1 and P2. They have been the fastest team (easily).

The track is very hard to pass on, so I expect to see Ferrari one and two for most of the race. Both drivers are going to work together to keep the Red Bulls behind, which they should be able to do.

Red Bull- Dark Horse, has a lot of work to do.

I would suggest going Ferrari over Red Bull this weekend, but as I always say, don't count out Max Verstappen and Red Bull.

There is always the chance Charles LeClerc crashes out, or Carlos Sainz can have a mishap. If this happens, Red Bull will be right in the driver's seat to take over. With that being said, you can put Red Bull in a few lineups.

*Just a suggestion. Do not go with any other constructor this weekend.*

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Charles LeClerc (17,400) - Best Option with a little Risk.

There is nobody better on Saturdays right now and that's a fact. Charles LeClerc has gotten the pole for the fifth time in 2022. Unfortunately, this has translated to only two wins.

Charles LeClerc has been the fastest all weekend long, so I'm not surprised by his P1. LeClerc was P1, P1, and P2 in practices as well.

Again, this track is difficult to pass on. If Charles LeClerc can get out of the gates in the first position, it will be near impossible to get by him. There is some risk involved though, which I will get into.

I'm not going to lie, this is some frightening news. Charles LeClerc has never finished the Monaco GP. Not just in formula one, but in any racing tier. This is bananas to say. For that reason, I won't blame you if you want to take a shot at Verstappen or Carlos Sainz.

As for me, I will be going with Charles LeClerc still. I think this is the race he breaks his curse.

Carlos Sainz (14,100) - Money Saver.

Carlos Sainz will be starting from P2 and has looked solid all weekend long. In practice, he posted a P3, P2, and P3.

This could be the race where Carlos Sainz gets the first victory of his career. Charles LeClerc is notorious for his problems in his hometown, which can leave the door wide open for Sainz. Taking him as your captain can pay massive dividends.

As of late, Carlos Sainz's form has been very up and down. After DNF'ing in two straight races, Sainz came back with a P3 and P4. It looks like he is getting back to his normal self. Maybe the pressure of being in a Ferrari got to him for a few races, but he is back.

If you want to save some salary, go with Carlos Sainz as your captain.

Max Verstappen (16,800)- Dark Horse, but never count him out on Race Day.

Max Verstappen will be starting from P4. He was out-qualified by both Ferrari and his teammate, Sergio Perez. If Max Verstappen wants to win, he has quite a lot of work to do. Pit strategy will be key, along with the start of the race.


It hasn't been a great weekend for Max. In practice, he was only able to muster up a P4 in all sessions. Sergio Perez has actually been faster than him all weekend, so that is something to be wary of as well.

I will say this now, never count out Max Verstappen. The dude is incredible. He has won three straight races, and four of the last six. His race pace form right now is simply unmatched.

If that fancies you, go and put Max as your captain.

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Lando Norris (7,400) -

Lando Norris has a lot going for him in this race, in terms of being a good driver to pick on Sunday.

He starts P5, at a track that is very hard to pass on and his teammate is all the way down in P14. Barring an issue with the car, Lando Norris is going to beat his teammate (Daniel Ricciardo) this weekend. Free DK points right there, plus he should be able to finish in the top six this week.

This weekend, Norris has been consistent, to say the least. In practice, he posted a P5, P5, and P6.

I will be having Lando Norris in all my lineups this weekend, especially at that price range.

Sebastian Vettel (3,800) -

Sebastian Vettel (P9) is in a similar situation to Norris above. He too will easily beat out his teammate (Lance Stroll), who will be starting from P18. That right there, means he is a must-have in your lineups.

The former two-time Monaco winner has been decent this weekend. In practice, Sebastian Vettel posted a P9, P9, and P13. Not blistering fast by any means, but he has been faster than his teammate all weekend and he has been hovering around the top ten most of the weekend.

Seb will get points for beating his teammate and he should be able to pull off a top ten finish this weekend. Get him in your lineups, like right now.

Fernando Alonso (6,800)-

Don't call me crazy on this one. I think this is the week Alonso gets it together.

Fernando Alonso will be starting P7, which is ahead of his teammate (P10). This is good news since we are in Monaco but there are some things to know.

I have suggested Alonso multiple times before and he has let me down every time, so be cautious on that. There is also the fact that Fernando Alonso has yet to beat his teammate in 2022 ( 0-6), and there is the fact that Alonso is averaging 0.3 DK points (20th). That is last place in average DK points. Oof!

There is good news though. This weekend, Alonso has been very solid. In practice, he put up P13, P8, and P10. This was faster than Ocon in every session.

For me, I'm going Alonso.

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Yuki Tsunoda (4,200) -

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Yuki Tsunoda (P11) is a great lineup-filler this weekend. He is another driver that should be able to beat his teammate (Pierre Gasly, P17) easily, considering where we are racing at.

In practice, Yuki was very consistent putting up a P11, P10, and P11.

Crazy fun fact coming at you. Yuki Tsunoda has beaten his teammate (Gasly) in four of the six races in 2022. This has led him to average 8.4 DK points (9th best).

All good news right? Put Yuki in your lineups on Sunday.

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Well, everyone that should do it for the 2022 F1 Monaco GP DFS Picks article. I hope you enjoyed the read, and let's win some money on Sunday.


 


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