Margins are slim as Lewis Hamilton is the early line favorite to win the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix and Max Verstappen is the preferred choice to win the pole at PointsBet Sportsbook , May 9. Hamilton, the winner of the Bahrain and Portugal Grands Prix, is listed a +115 to win at the Circuit de Catalunya. Verstappen is ranked second at +150. Verstappen won the Grand Prix of Romagna. One way to view American Odds is to move the decimal point two positions to the left. That will let a bettor know what they will make on a $1 bet, so the return on investment for Hamilton this week is $1.15. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1. Verstappen’s odds to win the pole are +110 compared to Hamilton at +125. This represents a slight lengthening of the odds for Hamilton compared to the most recent race. He was listed at +105 for that Portuguese GP. Verstappen’s odds improved from +245. Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas is ranked … [Read more...] about Lewis Hamilton favored for Formula 1 Spanish GP win, Max Verstappen for pole at PointsBet
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The 2021 F1 season promises the most exciting title fight in years, as Max Verstappen takes on seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton during the last year of the current rules cycle. Some smart strategic decisions and equally brilliant driving saw Hamilton draw first blood in Bahrain last month, but Verstappen drew even at Imola just weeks later with a faultless drive in tricky wet conditions. Mercedes has repeatedly stated that it faces a performance deficit to Red Bull's high-rake RB16B in 2021, something the Austrian brand insists is a clever tactic to put it under pressure. The two F1 teams are again expected to be in a class of their own at the Algarve circuit, and how their battle pans out will provide a better indication of the pecking order at the front of the field. Meanwhile, McLaren could once again threaten the top guns for a podium finish, judging by the pace Lando Norris showed at Imola in the Mercedes-powered MCL35M. Red Bull's sister team AlphaTauri and … [Read more...] about 2021 Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix session timings and preview
FORMULA E's first of two races in Valencia ended in utter chaos as only 12 of 24 drivers finished the race. Mercedes' title-leader Nyck de Vries took the victory as his rivals misjudged the amount of battery power required to finish the race. Defending champion Antonio Felix Da Costa led the entirety of the race but he wilted away on the final lap and limped home in seventh. Da Costa was one of many drivers who had misjudged the energy required as others failed to finish the race. In FE, cars must finish the race with at least 0.1 per cent of energy. This left Nico Muller in second place, who had been in the gravel twice and also undergone a drive-through penalty. Mercedes' former F1 star Stoffel Vandoorne took third after starting from the back of the grid after having pole position taken away from him after a technical infringement. Teams across the paddock were left bemused after a whole host of drivers failed to finish the race. Mercedes have now taken a … [Read more...] about Half the Formula E grid fail to finish in Valencia as drivers run out of energy on final lap
From an intense title rivalry between two previously chummy team-mates that went down to the wire to the emergence of a new wave of stars; from the abject struggles of some of the sport’s biggest hitters to a near-constant stream of political intrigue, the first season of the sport’s new turbo era just about had it all. Indeed, it’s tempting to say, with the events of last year still relatively fresh in our memories, that the 2014 Formula One season will be remembered in 10, 20 or even 50 years’ time as a classic. After all, even critics of the new V6 turbo hybrid engine formula would be forced to concede that the quality of last year’s wheel-to-wheel racing was perhaps the best that F1 fans have been treated to in a generation. Arguably, there were fewer ‘dull’ races in 2014 than perhaps any other Grand Prix season in history, certainly in proportion to the number of races on the calendar. Was is as good as it looks on paper? But, when you examine the factors that lead … [Read more...] about How will the 2014 Formula 1 season be remembered?
It's an intoxicating premise: a 1000bhp Formula One car. It reminds you of the mid-1980s turbo cars, those flame-spitting monsters driven by heroes like Senna, Mansell, Piquet and Prost. And yet, I recall some mind-numbingly dull races during that period. I remember too that when they reverted to normally-aspirated engines – in 1989 – I rejoiced. Less power on tap, of course, but what a fantastic noise! Those turbo engines always did sound flat, worse even than today's V6 hybrids. It feels like Formula One has chased its tail repeatedly to find utopia. The huge (and worthy) safety drive after the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna at Imola in 1994 reduced corner speeds drastically through strangled performance. It resulted in stronger chassis, so the buffer of comfort returned over the past two decades. Only Jules Bianchi's awful accident last year, with an 'outside factor' in play, has blighted its impressive safety record. But, if laptimes are again to be … [Read more...] about What the fuss over 1000bhp Formula One cars is all about
Toto Wolff is confident Lewis Hamilton will remain in Formula 1 with Mercedes into 2022, while he has also suggested that Red Bull's new engine project could still end up involving Porsche and the Volkswagen Group in future. Answering questions on a number of key current talking points in F1 in an interview with Sky Sports F1 at the Portuguese GP, which can be viewed in full above, Wolff was first asked about the future of his star driver after Hamilton spoke positively on Thursday about extending his career beyond the expiry of his current one-year deal. The seven-time world champion got his first taste of next year's brand-new 18-inch tyres in Pirelli testing at Imola last week and, in the press conference on the opening day at Portimao, Hamilton told media: "I plan to be here next year." Wolff said that Hamilton's public comments reflected "what we have already discussed in private" and "I'm happy about that". "Yes, there is no reason why not," said Wolff when asked … [Read more...] about Mercedes boss Toto Wolff on Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 future and his take on Red Bull’s engine project