Australian Grand Prix: Alonso Evens for podium 101
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Australian Grand Prix: Alonso Evens for podium 101

Date: 02/04/2023

Venue: Albert Park Circuit

With Red Bull again expected to dominate Down Under, we’re focusing on the battle to be best of the rest in our Australian Grand Prix predictions.

The resurgent Fernando Alonso has finished third in the first two races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and will be eyeing another bold showing for Aston Martin.

Having secured his 100th podium last time out, the Spaniard is Evens to add to that tally in the 2023 Australian Grand Prix odds.

Time penalties threatened to see Alonso demoted at Jeddah but an appeal helped him hold on to that landmark slot.

“It was my mistake at the start with the position on the grid, but we pushed to make up that time,” commented Alonso.

“We showed that we can be the second fastest team and we had good pace throughout the race.

“This is good news for us going into the next few races. I am looking forward to Australia next.”

Mercedes duo George Russell and Lewis Hamilton finished fourth and fifth in Saudi Arabia and are 3/1 and 5/2 respectively to make the top three in Melbourne.

“We finished ahead of both Ferraris on merit and we know we’ve got a lot of performance to come soon,” said Russell.

“The gap to the Red Bulls is still considerable, but we’ll take the positives from the weekend, keep fighting as hard as we can and focusing on ourselves.”

Charles Leclerc can take heart from having won in Australia 12 months ago and he is 6/4 in this market, with Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz 4/1 and Aston Martin number two Lance Stroll 10/1.

Red Bull have been streets ahead so far and many will be siding with another one-two for the Milton Keynes-based team in their Australian Grand Prix betting tips.

Max Verstappen began his quest to complete a hat-trick of championship triumphs by powering to victory in Bahrain.

However, he had to settle for second best in Saudi Arabia after technical issues in qualifying forced him to start from 15th on the grid.

That allowed Sergio Perez to secure his fifth career win and the Mexican is 9/2 to follow up in the Australian Grand Prix odds.

Perez will take heart from having finished second here 12 months ago, at a track where Verstappen has struggled in the past.

The Dutchman’s form figures in Melbourne read DNF-10-6-3-DNF, but he is as short as 4/11 to end that hoodoo this weekend.

Having seemed content to play the role of support act in previous campaigns, Perez looks more positive this term.

With his current contract ending this year, the Mexican may seek to make the most of his opportunities.

Verstappen is fine with that competition, though, simply stating: “We are allowed to race, so the best one will finish in front.”

Elsewhere in the race winner betting, Alonso is 7/1, Leclerc can be backed at 20/1, Hamilton is available at 22/1 and Russell rated a 33/1 chance.

Past Australian GP winners

2022 Leclerc (Ferrari), Perez (Red Bull), Russell (Mercedes)
2019 Bottas (Mercedes), Hamilton (Mercedes), Verstappen (Red Bull)
2018 Vettel (Ferrari), Hamilton (Mercedes), Raikkonen (Ferrari)
2017 Vettel (Ferrari), Hamilton (Mercedes), Bottas (Mercedes)

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