Italian Grand Prix predictions: Verstappen set for perfect 10
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Italian Grand Prix predictions: Verstappen set for perfect 10

Date: 03/09/2023

Venue: Monza

Max Verstappen is as short as 2/9 to set a new record for consecutive Formula One race wins in the Italian Grand Prix odds.

The Red Bull star overcame a chaotic rain-hit Dutch Grand Prix to equal Sebastian Vettel’s tally of nine wins in a row on home turf.

Verstappen delivered in front of 105,000 expectant fans to take the chequered flag ahead of Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso.

The flying Dutchman has won 11 of the 13 rounds so far this season and heads to Monza 138 points clear in the drivers’ championship.

He is almost impossible to oppose in our Italian Grand Prix predictions and bwin are offering a special price boost of 6/5 for him to prevail by 10+ seconds and record the fastest lap.

“Max is in a period of his career where he is just simply untouchable,” said Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, who also oversaw Vettel’s streak of nine straight wins a decade ago.

“I don’t think there is any driver on the grid that would be able to achieve what he is doing in that car.

“To win nine races in a row is insane, and it is something that none of us would have envisaged, and I never thought we would repeat it after we managed it with Sebastian. What we are witnessing is a driver that is generational.

“Max has been in incredible form for the past three years and the most impressive thing for me is all the pressure that he is under.

“With the expectation of 100,000 Dutch fans, a lot would have cracked under that pressure but he kept his composure and delivered, as he has done so many times.”

Alpine’s Pierre Gasly completed the podium at Zandvoort while Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez finished fourth after being slapped with a five-second penalty for speeding in the pit-lane.

This time, punters can get an enhanced offer of 5/2 from 5/4 for Red Bull to enjoy a one-two at Monza.

Sixth-placed Lewis Hamilton felt he “paid the price” for Mercedes’ strategy blunder at the start of the Dutch Grand Prix.

Following a first-lap downpour, Mercedes were too slow to put both Hamilton and team-mate George Russell on the intermediate tyres.

The poorly-timed stops left Hamilton and Russell – who was third on the grid – 13th and 17th when the order shuffled out.

“We should have pitted, but we didn’t, and we paid the price for that,” said Hamilton. “I had the pace, and I was on pace with Max, but we were just out of position.

“I was pretty happy with my drive to back into the points. I got sixth. But it could have been higher, for sure.”

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff admitted: “That was a difficult day for us.

“In the opening 15 laps, we got pretty much everything wrong that we could have done – and that cost us any chance of fighting for the podium. We will review thoroughly.”

Hamilton is 4/1 for a top-three finish in the Italian Grand Prix odds and Russell can be backed at 9/4 for the same bet.

Past Italian GP winners

2022 Verstappen (Red Bull), Leclerc (Ferrari), Russell (Mercedes)
2021 Ricciardo (McLaren), Norris (McLaren), Bottas (Mercedes)
2020 Gasly (AlphaTauri), Sainz (McLaren), Stroll (Racing Point)
2019 Leclerc (Ferrari), Bottas (Mercedes), Hamilton (Mercedes)
2018 Hamilton (Mercedes), Raikkonen (Ferrari), Bottas (Mercedes)

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