Verstappen widely favored at PointsBet for Turkish F1 GP
With seven wins and 11 podiums in 15 races this year, Max Verstappen is widely favorite at PointsBet Sportsbook to win the F1 Turkish GP on October 10 in Istanbul, Turkey. Last year Verstappen was sixth in this race after starting outside the front row.
Of the four races in which Verstappen did not finish on the podium in 2021, three were abandoned after suffering damage from an accident. In what has become a hotly contested driver’s championship battle, Verstappen is just two points behind Lewis Hamilton. Last week may have been disastrous for the Belgian rider after being forced to start last in the field with an engine change, but he managed to close the gap by finishing second behind Hamilton in the Russian GP.
With odds of -125 the only way to bet profitably on Verstappen is to find someone willing to take the opposite bet.
Last week’s winner and current championship leader, Hamilton also faces a narrow +150 odds. His victory at the Russian GP was the fifth of the season and the seventh time in the last nine races that he has finished on the podium. Hamilton won the Turkish GP last year, the country’s first since 2011. Hamilton also claimed victory there in 2010.
One way to look at American odds is to move the decimal point two places to the left. This will let the bettor know what they will win on a $ 1 bet, so the return on investment this week for Hamilton is $ 1.50. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.
No other driver in the field has a better rating than 15/1.
Ranked third this week, Hamilton teammate Valtteri Bottas has a +1800 line. Bottas will leave Mercedes at the end of the year to join Alfa Romeo. He has yet to win in 2021 with a best runner-up in the Austrian GP, but he has seven top five in the last nine events.
Sergio Perez is ranked fourth with a +2000 rating. He started the season with a lot of momentum and eight sixth or better results in the first nine races. In the last six races he has only had one such solid result.
Lando Norris is rated at +2800 for the Turkish GP. He had nine top-fives in the first 10 races of the season and, like Perez, his recent results have deteriorated. The highlight of his season so far has been Daniel Ricciardo’s second place in the Italian GP, a race where Verstappen and Hamilton were knocked out of the competition by an accident involving the two point leaders.
This week Ricciardo faces a very long odds of +7000. However, he finished fourth in the last F1 race in Russia and ranks in the top five in a row. to his credit.
After finishing eight last week on her return from COVID-19 protocols, Kimi Raikkonen remains a longshot. He is one of seven drivers in the 20-car group listed with a rating of +50,000.
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