Venue: Miami International Autodrome
Red Bull returned to top form with a one-two finish at Imola and Max Verstappen is now hard to oppose in our Miami Grand Prix predictions.
Florida’s new Formula One circuit looks sure to be fast and furious, which should suit the reigning world champion and team-mate Sergio Perez.
We can’t see past Verstappen securing his third victory of the year at Miami Grand Prix odds.
In Italy, the Dutchman took pole position on Friday, won Saturday’s sprint race and then claimed the fastest lap en route to a commanding lights-to-flag race victory.
Perez was pushed hard by Charles Leclerc until the Ferrari driver spun off and that allowed Red Bull to secure a first one-two since 2016.
“To have a weekend like this for both of us with a one-two for the team is just incredible,” beamed Verstappen. “It was a very lovely Sunday!
“Everything was well executed…it was more or less a perfect weekend, everything went well for us and we’ll of course enjoy it.
“We need to keep focused and we know that at the next race we need to be up there again and keep this going.”
Red Bull have had reliability problems this season, with three DNF results in four races, but they now look back on track.
Team principal Christian Horner declared: “I’m very proud of the entire team, from everyone at the track and those back in the factory at Milton Keynes, they delivered a phenomenal performance.”
Perez has recovered well from a slow start to the campaign to finish second in each of the last two races.
His improvement makes 2.5 for both Red Bull drivers to make the podium worth adding to our Miami Grand Prix betting tips.
How the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix finished
1 Verstappen (Red Bull), 2 Perez (Red Bull), 3 Norris (McLaren), 4 Russell (Mercedes), 5 Bottas (Alfa Romeo), 6 Leclerc (Ferrari), 7 Tsunoda (Alphatauri), 8 Vettel (Aston Martin), 9 Magnussen (Haas), 10 Stroll (Aston Martin), 11 Albon (Williams), 12 Gasly (Alphatauri), 13 Hamilton (Mercedes), 14 Ocon (Alpine), 15 Guanyu (Alfa Romeo), 16 Latifi (Williams), 17 Schumacher (Haas), 18 Ricciardo (McLaren), DNF Alonso (Alpine), Sainz (Ferrari)
Leclerc showed he is not yet the finished article and paid the price for hitting a kerb when only sixth at Imola.
He commented: “It was a very tricky race. Third was the best result we could have secured, as our competitors were very strong.
“I struggled on the soft tyres but when I saw an opportunity to overtake Perez for second, I went for it, pushing a bit too much, when I should have stayed put to secure those points.”
The Ferrari ace still leads Verstappen by 27 points at the top of the table, though, after previously posting 1-2-1 figures.
Leclerc can be backed at 13.0.
Lando Norris was an excellent third for McLaren in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and is 4.33 to make the podium again here.
In the head-to-head betting markets, the battle between Mercedes duo George Russell and Lewis Hamilton is most interesting.
Russell has 49 points and form figures of 4-5-3-4 while Hamilton is 21 points behind following returns of 3-10-4-13.
Hamilton issued an apology to Mercedes after one of the worst races of his 16-season career in Italy and cut a deflated figure.
“It’s been difficult but I don’t really know what to say,” said the 37-year-old. “It’s definitely not easy.
“At least George got some points, so my apologies to everyone that I wasn’t able to do the same.
“I am out of the championship and there’s no question about that. It has been a weekend to forget.”
However, Mercedes do believe some upgrades will help them here and Hamilton may benefit the most from a more competitive car.
He is tipped to finish ahead of Russell in our Miami Grand Prix predictions.
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