Formula 1 heads to Barcelona for Round 5 of the 2019 season at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.
Now the start of the European stretch of the calendar, the race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is also seen as a reset for the F1 season.
That’s because teams often bring their first significant improvements to their cars and that can cause a major shake-up in the competitive order.
And for Ferrari and Red Bull, that is exactly what they need as Mercedes continues to dominate this year after a record fourth successive 1-2 finish last time out in Baku.
With two wins each now for Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, the battle in the Drivers’ Championship is also picking up steam.
So here’s who I think you should be picking in your daily fantasy teams for the Gran Premio de Espana.
About the race
First held in 1951, the race didn’t establish itself on the calendar until 1967 when the event alternated between Jarama and the Montjuic street circuit before falling off again in 1982.
Jerez then became the new home in 1986, enjoying a five-year stint, before Barcelona took over in 1991 and has remained ever since.
Rumours though suggest this could be the final Spanish GP with Holland looking to return in 2020 and if so, it will mean the end of the road for a circuit that has seen it all in 28 years.
The inaugural race saw one of the most iconic moments ever, as Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna ran wheel-to-wheel at 200mph down the main straight.
Five years later, Michael Schumacher proved why he was the rain master with a wet-weather masterclass in 1996, a win which was also his first with Ferrari.
Then, in 2001, the German had one of his more fortuitous wins, as he inherited the lead after Mika Hakkinen suffered a last lap retirement in his McLaren.
Over the past 15 years, one name has been synonymous with the Spanish GP, Fernando Alonso.
The double world champion would cause F1 to explode in the mid-2000s and would win twice at his home race, including his final win in 2013 for Ferrari.
More recently, Pastor Maldonado claimed his only F1 win in 2012 for Williams, holding off Alonso in the process.
And Max Verstappen also triumphed on his Red Bull debut in 2016, after Hamilton and Nico Rosberg had taken each other out on Lap 1.
The Dutchman’s success is the only time Mercedes has not won in Spain during the hybrid era, however, and it would be a brave person to bet against them again this year.
Top Pick: Mercedes ($32.2m)
Right now, it is very hard to look past Mercedes not winning a race as everything they do goes exactly as planned.
And currently, there are enough strong options at a lower price to mean that not having the reigning champions as your constructor pick is frankly a silly move.
Medium pick: Haas ($9.5m)
Recent races have been poor for Haas due to problems with tyre performance, but that should improve significantly in Barcelona.
If so, the American team still has a fast enough car to finish ‘best of the rest’ with Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean both desperate for a top 10 finish.
Low pick: Lando Norris ($7.1m)
Norris has been one of the stars of the season so far, with three Q3 appearances and two points finishes in the opening four races of his F1 career.
And there’s no reason why that run can’t continue in Spain either with McLaren performing well and on a circuit where he has more experience.
Valtteri Bottas ($21.7m)
Given the domination of Mercedes, including Bottas is a no-brainer as he all-but guarantees a podium finish and is at a price that still leaves enough budget for strong midfield picks.
Kimi Raikkonen ($10.6m)
As for Raikkonen, he has been the epitome of consistency so far this season with top 10 finishes at every race.
As a result, he remains a reliable midfield pick to bring a decent number of points to your fantasy teams.
That concludes our look ahead to the Spanish GP, so head on over to the Lobby now and lock in your lineups.