Interlagos represents the penultimate race in this year’s calendar and a step closer to the end of the road for this season’s Fantasy campaign. In focus here are some of the runners and riders for Brazil:
Nico Rosberg (£20m) – It hasn’t been a great few weeks for the German driver, losing the Championship early to teammate Lewis Hamilton and wondering how to rebuild his confidence for a third tilt at the title next season. However, since being featured in only two PrixViews ago, his fantasy performance has taken a definite upturn – four straight pole positions and a huge 60 bonus points. Rosberg trails Hamilton by fantasy 165 points over the season, for just a £2m discount (and a 5.87 points per million deficit), but with the Britain suffering from a fever this weekend, could Rosberg be the wise choice for that final leg-up in the standings?
Fernando Alonso (£18m) – Oh, Fernando, two races left and despite accruing a few points in recent races, time is ticking to avoid the Fantasy equivalent of the “wooden spoon” as the worst value driver this season. £18m doesn’t guarantee anything in this game, though his 10.39 points per million is only slightly short of Button’s total (10.41) so there is a chance to redeem… scratch that, this season has been an unqualified disaster by whatever measure you use. In order to put this in context, Felipe Nasr has got 23 more points this season at one-sixth of the cost. Painful.
Toro Rosso (£7m) – It may be argued to have been a strange season for Toro Rosso this year. If they can overhaul the 6 point deficit to Lotus and finish 6th they may claim success, especially given the flamboyant performances of Max Verstappen as part of a promising young driver line-up. However, you can’t help but think there may have been more, and this applies to the fantasy selection too. Lotus have, as above, outscored them at the same price (£7m) and Sauber are very close in value with an average of 9 points per million compared to 9.29 for Toro Rosso for a £3m budget saving. I can’t help but think they’ll be keen to make more of impression in 2016.
Other Tips – As has been reported in a million-and-one news stories in the past couple of days, Hamilton is yet to win at Interlagos but the idea of having to break “a curse” at a circuit he clinched his first world title at is a bit laughable. However, given his recovery from a fever and a minor prang in Monaco, and Rosberg’s form, I’d expect the German to be favourite going into Brazil. Unsurprisingly, I’d expect Ferrari and Williams to put in a strong showing here also.
Weather may play a part for this GP as showers are forecast over the course of the race weekend on a track and climate that has the ability to surprise. Additionally, four of the last seven races have featured a safety car period so bear that in mind when making those all-important predictions. Finally, for the gamblers amongst you, our friend Pastor is third-favourite to retire first at 10/1 – pile in (though gamble-aware)!