We have reached the penultimate round of the 2021 Formula 1 season with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s ongoing title fight having adopted a horror film theme. Hamilton has taken on the role of the unstoppable monster, determined to chase down his next victim, who just so happens to be Verstappen.
The Dutchman is so close to the safety of a first world title he can taste it, but like any good potential victim, he can’t help but stumble as he looks back at the thing trying to catch him.
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Hamilton has been closing the gap to Verstappen over the last two races, taking the chequered flag in both Brazil and Qatar to reduce the Red Bull driver’s lead to eight points. The Brit is now a 4/6 chance to win an eighth world title, while he’s a best-priced 1/2 to triumph in this weekend’s inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
The Jeddah Corniche Circuit is the new addition to the F1 calendar, and the high-speed nature of the track on the banks of the Red Sea looks to play to the strengths of Mercedes. That doesn’t bode well for Verstappen, who has seen his on-track advantage over Hamilton vanish in the space of two races.
The 24-year-old is 9/4 to claim his 10th win of the season in Saudi Arabia, one that could clinch the title if Hamilton finishes lower than sixth. Next best in the betting is Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas at 16/1, indicating another shootout for first between Verstappen and Hamilton is the most likely outcome - the pair having finished in the top two positions 12 times this year.
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Lewis Hamilton to win - BET NOW
At this stage of the season, it’s tough to look past Hamilton making it three wins on the spin. A fire has been sparked in the Brit, which has made him peerless in the last two races and the dominant nature of his performance in Qatar - a track Mercedes were concerned about pre-race - only adds further weight to the argument that he’ll be on top of the podium again this Sunday.
Mercedes have been significantly quicker than Red Bull in the last two races, and Verstappen’s team don’t seem to have any answer to the superior speed of their title adversaries.
Backing a driver at an unknown circuit at odds-on might not hold a lot of appeal on the surface but keep in mind Hamilton has proven himself adept at adapting to new tracks, winning five of the last six inaugural races introduced to the Formula 1 calendar. Hamilton knows he can’t afford to let up either with Verstappen still holding the lead in the title race and he’ll be pushing as hard as ever for the victory come race day.
Fernando Alonso top six finish - BET NOW
Alpine were brilliant in Qatar, producing strong performances in both qualifying and the race itself as Fernando Alonso secured his first podium since 2014. The Spanish driver has driven excellently for much of the year, and that performance at the Losail circuit was just reward for his efforts.
The two-time world champion can build on that showing this weekend by taking his fifth top-six finish of the season. Jeddah is set to be a unique test for the drivers due to its season-high number of corners and extended lap length, and Alonso’s experience could stand him in good stead. Alpine have also performed well at street venues this year so look for them to go well here.
Sebastian Vettel points finish - BET NOW
Sticking with the theme of experienced drivers and cars that have done well at street venues, this could be a good weekend for Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel.
The German’s only podium of the season came around the streets of Baku in Azerbaijan, while he enters the race with three top-10 finishes in the last four races. Throw into the mix the Aston having a Mercedes power unit that will suit the high-speed track, and the four-time world champion should be in the mix for points.
Saudi Arabia Grand Prix Tips
1. Lewis Hamilton to win - BET NOW
2. Fernando Alonso top six finish - BET NOW
3. Sebastian Vettel points finish - BET NOW
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F1 2021 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix Betting Tips
F1 2021 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix?
The race is scheduled to start at 5.30pm GMT on SundayA
Can I watch the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on TV?
Yes, the whole race is live on Sky Sports F1.A
Who is the favourite?
What is your recommended bet?
Sebastian Vettel to finish in the points.A