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Austrian Grand Prix: Closer contest on cards this Sunday

Date: 04/07/2021

Venue: Red Bull Ring

After cleaning up on Max Verstappen in the last couple of races, we’re looking at some different markets for our Austrian Grand Prix predictions.

The flying Dutchman finished an incredible 35.743 seconds clear of Lewis Hamilton at the Red Bull Ring last weekend, helping to give us a trio of successful selections.

However, such a huge winning margin was unusual for this circuit, which will again be used for a quick double header.

Examining the Austrian Grand Prix odds, we like 6/5 for the victor to be under six seconds ahead at the chequered flag, which would have paid out in the last five renewals of this contest.

Verstappen commented: “I had a really enjoyable race, the car was working well and I always enjoy driving on this track.

“I just focused on my own race, concentrating on hitting the apexes in the places I wanted to, looking after the tyres – and it worked out well.

“You never know how competitive or how close it’s going to be on a Sunday and, to be honest, I really wasn’t expecting it to be like it was, as the long-run pace between the two teams was very closely matched all weekend.

“Overall, we’ve had a really positive weekend but, of course, it’s not going to be completely the same next week.”

How the Styrian Grand Prix finished

1 Verstappen (Red Bull), 2 Hamilton (Mercedes), 3 Bottas (Mercedes), 4 Perez (Red Bull), 5 Norris (McLaren), 6 Sainz (Ferrari), 7 Leclerc (Ferrari), 8 Stroll (Aston Martin), 9 Alonso (Alpine Renault), 10 Tsunoda (Alphatauri), 11 Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), 12 Vettel (Aston Martin), 13 Ricciardo (McLaren), 14 Ocon (Alpine Renault), 15 Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), 16 Schumacher (Haas), 17 Latifi (Williams), 18 Mazepin (Haas), DNF Russell (Williams), Gasly (Alphatauri)

Red Bull are currently reigning supreme in all departments, securing four straight race wins and leading the constructors’ championship by 40 points.

The Milton Keynes-based team have also produced the fastest pit stop in six of the eight events this term, placing second in the other two.

Those stats make 8/11 they are quickest again in this department a percentage pick for our Austrian Grand Prix betting tips.

Sebastian Vettel did not enjoy much luck when finishing 12th last time out, four places behind team-mate Lance Stroll.

“It was a tough race,” admitted the four-time world champion.

“The midfield was very close and we were in the battle for points for the majority of the race.

“However, we spent a lot of time in traffic and I was struggling for grip towards the end.

“When everyone is so closely matched, these factors can really impact your race and the final result.”

The 33-year-old German had been the first Aston Martin driver home in each of the three previous races, though, including when a superb second in Azerbaijan.

We reckon 8/11 for Vettel to outperform Stroll this Sunday is worth adding to our Austrian Grand Prix predictions.

Past Austrian Grand Prix winners

2020 Bottas (Mercedes), Leclerc, Norris
2019 Verstappen (Red Bull), Leclerc, Bottas
2018 Verstappen (Red Bull), Raikkonen, Vettel
2017 Bottas (Mercedes), Vettel, Ricciardo
2016 Hamilton (Mercedes), Verstappen, Raikkonen

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