Venue: Autodromo Jose Carlos, Interlagos
Max Verstappen has looked the real deal when winning in Malaysia and Mexico and we’re backing him to make it three victories in four races in our Brazilian Grand Prix betting tips.
The 20-year-old Dutchman benefited from some first-lap drama at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez last time out, but then dominated to romp home by almost 20 seconds.
“The car performed brilliantly in the race,” beamed Verstappen. “It was a perfect race – it was cruising, it was great.
“I was confident that the car was going to be good, just looking at the long-run pace lap times. We just had to make sure the balance of the car was correct to be able to sustain that.
“I think if we keep working this way and have a better start to the season next year, we can look forward to achieving great things.”
Verstappen has been trimmed to 7/2 to secure a third win of the season at Interlagos but that still offers plenty of appeal, while Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo may also be worth a saver at 11/2.
How the Mexican Grand Prix finished
1 Verstappen (Red Bull), 2 Bottas (Mercedes), 3 Raikkonen (Ferrari), 4 Vettel (Ferrari), 5 Ocon (Force India), 6 Stroll (Williams), 7 Perez (Force India), 8 Magnussen (Haas), 9 Hamilton (Mercedes), 10 Alonso (McLaren), 11 Massa (Williams), 12 Vandoorne (McLaren), 13 Gasly (Toro Rosso), 14 Wehrlein (Sauber), 15 Grosjean (Haas), DNF Sainz (Renault), Ericsson (Sauber), Hartley (Toro Rosso), Hulkenberg (Renault), Ricciardo (Red Bull)
Verstappen has won over plenty of new admirers this term, with Lewis Hamilton declaring: “He’s really the brightest young star that we’ve seen for some time.”
Sky Sports pundit Paul Di Resta, himself a former F1 driver, is another big fan of the youngster and Red Bull’s progressive car.
He commented: “If we were starting a new season now, you would say they would be clear favourites. They have outstanding pace in the race, their management is great and Max looks very comfortable.
“He’s clearly happier with this car than Danny is. They’re going to worry Mercedes and Ferrari for sure.”
Red Bull will have fond memories of this circuit, having come out on top four times between 2009 and 2013.
Verstappen has also already proven his worth at Autodromo Jose Carlos, making the podium when third as a teenager 12 months ago.
Hamilton heads the betting at 6/5 after fighting back from last place to finish in the points in Brazil, which proved enough to secure a fourth drivers’ championship.
However, Mercedes no longer look to have the pace advantage to justify such short odds, while 13/4 chance Sebastian Vettel continues to be dogged by niggling problems at Ferrari.
Past Brazilian Grand Prix results
2016 Hamilton (Mercedes), Rosberg (Mercedes), Verstappen (Red Bull)
2015 Rosberg (Mercedes), Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel (Ferrari)
2014 Rosberg (Mercedes), Hamilton (Mercedes), Massa (Williams)
2013 Vettel (Red Bull), Webber (Red Bull), Alonso (Ferrari)
2012 Button (McLaren), Alonso (Ferrari), Massa (Ferrari)
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