Venue: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Race Date: 9th May 2021
The F1 season is hotting up, with defending champion Lewis Hamilton the man to catch whilst the likes of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas sure to be in hot pursuit. Spain has long been synonymous with the Formula 1 calendar and with some of the biggest names in Formula 1 history having won the Spanish Grand Prix in its previous 60 outings. Lewis Hamilton has won the previous four incarnations of this race, in a run stretching back to 2016 and few would bet against him going all the way again this weekend. Notable other previous winners include Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen and Ayrton Senna and with so much on the line here in Barcelona, it should be a memorable weekend of F1 racing.
Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix Predictions
F1 Spanish Grand Prix Race Winner
With only 3 races completed in the 2021 Formula One season, it is still very much early days for some of the biggest teams on the grid in Barcelona here: –
Lewis Hamilton – $2.10
Seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has been in imperious form once again in 2021 and his win at the Portuguese Grand Prix last weekend was a timely reminder of his talents. Whilst it is unclear if Mercedes have the quickest car on the grid this season, they certainly have the best driver and Hamilton’s will to win is often more than enough to get him over the line.
Max Verstappen – $2.5
Dutchman Max Verstappen carries Red Bull’s hopes almost single-handedly this year and he has started the campaign impressively. A win and two second place finishes have rendered him a man to watch this season and the Red Bull car looks rapid. Cutting out the tussles and mistakes will be key for him this weekend, on a track that Hamilton notoriously loves.
Valtteri Bottas – $7.00
There were signs last weekend in the Algarve that Valtteri Bottas is getting somewhere near his best once more and he will be hoping to do his bit for Mercedes over the next few weeks. Lewis Hamilton is of course the priority for the team but if Bottas can keep putting pressure on the Red Bull cars, it should make Hamilton’s job easier, and he of course can never be discarded either.
Sergio Perez – $12.00
Mexican Sergio Perez is still awaiting his first podium since joining Red Bull in the off-season and he too looks to be finding form in 2021. He pushed the Mercedes pair all the way in Portugal last weekend and with a rocket of a car under him, he should be very much in contention for a podium finish in Barcelona this weekend.
F1 Spanish Grand Prix First Driver to Retire
The Spanish Grand Prix is always a magnificent spectacle but as one of the toughest tracks around, avoiding trouble will be the priority for most drivers:-
Nikita Mazepin – $5.00
Haas and their new Russian driver Nikita Mazepin have endured a horrible start to the 2021 Formula One season and the lack of control Mazepin appears to have behind the wheel, makes him a real candidate to bomb out early here.
Nicholas Latifi – $17.00
Nicholas Latifi and Williams haven’t enjoyed the best start to the campaign and although he is a very accomplished driver, his tendency to get embroiled in needless confrontations could put pay to him early in Spain this weekend.
F1 Spanish Grand Prix Top Six Finish
2021 presents a golden opportunity to many drivers in Formula One to make a name for themselves and they will all be looking to do that from the outset here at the Spanish Grand Prix:-
Charles Leclerc – $1.55
Ferrari haven’t perhaps developed as many people would have expected over the past couple of seasons but in Charles Leclerc, they look to have one of the quickest drivers on the grid and he will be keen to put pressure on the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers from the outset.
Lando Norris – $1.73
McLaren look to have a quick car in 2021 and Lando Norris has been outperforming his teammate Daniel Riccardo thus far, making him a genuine candidate to finish inside the top 6 here in Barcelona.
Pierre Gasly – $3.00
Frenchman Pierre Gasly is one of the most natural drivers on the grid and with pace to burn, he could feature in the business end of the race this weekend, with his Alpha Tauri car looking particularly nippy this season.
F1 Spanish Grand Prix Best Bets:
Race Winner: Lewis Hamilton – $2.10
First Driver to Retire: Nikita Mazepin – $5.00
Top Six Finish: Charles Leclerc – $1.55
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