Venue: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Max Verstappen is hard to oppose in our Spanish Grand Prix predictions as the reigning world champion bids to complete a hat-trick of wins.
The Red Bull ace followed up his smooth success at Imola with a gutsy triumph in Miami and has yet to taste defeat when finishing a race this term.
Verstappen also has a fine past record in Barcelona, so looks fairly priced at Spanish Grand Prix odds.
He has been runner-up at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the past two years and has secured four consecutive podium placings here.
The flying Dutchman was third on the grid in Miami but swept past Carlos Sainz at the opening bend and overtook Charles Leclerc in the other Ferrari on lap nine.
A late safety car period provided a dramatic end, but Verstappen held his nerve and fended off a fightback from Leclerc, giving us a welcome winning bet in our preview.
“It was very hard physically, but I am incredibly happy with winning in Miami,” said Verstappen, who reduced the drivers’ title gap on Leclerc to 19 points.
“We had a really good pace on the minimum tyre, that for sure helped to make my race.
“When the safety car came out, it made it more entertaining for the fans and I had to push hard, but we made it work.”
Teammate Sergio Perez had to settle for fourth due to reliability issues and is 15.0 to break his duck for the year in Spain.
How the Miami Grand Prix finished
1 Verstappen (Red Bull), 2 Leclerc (Ferrari), 3 Sainz (Ferrari), 4 Perez (Red Bull), 5 Russell (Mercedes), 6 Hamilton (Mercedes), 7 Bottas (Alfa Romeo), 8 Ocon (Alpine), 9 Albon (Williams), 10 Stroll (Aston Martin), 11 Alonso (Alpine), 12 Tsunoda (Alphatauri), 13 Ricciardo (McLaren), 14 Latifi (Williams), 15 Schumacher (Haas), 16 Magnussen (Haas), 17 Vettel (Aston Martin), DNF Gasly (Alphatauri), Norris (McLaren), Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)
Ferrari appeared to match Red Bull for pace on Hard tyres last time out but were up against it on the Mediums.
Leclerc and Carlos Sainz kept plugging away to fill the podium, but their constructors’ lead has been cut to just six points and team principal Mattia Binotto knows more is needed.
He said: “We can’t be too disappointed, given that we are leading both championships, but it’s clear we now need to respond.
“It could at least be our turn to try to develop by introducing upgrades and I think it’s not a surprise that we may have a package in Barcelona, which will be important for us.
“As usual, I hope the package we are introducing is working as expected and it can be a good boost in order to try and catch up the current gap we’ve got to the Red Bull.”
Leclerc is quoted at 13.0.
Lewis Hamilton has been a standing dish in past Spanish Grand Prix betting tips but can be backed at 23.0 to win this race for the sixth straight year.
The seven-time world champion finished a solid sixth in Miami, one place behind Mercedes teammate George Russell, who is rated a 26.0 chance here.
Asked if he felt his team were any closer to finding a resolution to their early-season woes, Hamilton replied: “Not at the moment, no!”
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff added: “We have been flying in the fog since the beginning of the year.
“It is clear there is potential in the car and it is fast, but we just don’t understand how to unlock that potential.”
Past Spanish Grand Prix winners
2021 Hamilton (Mercedes), Verstappen, Bottas
2020 Hamilton (Mercedes), Verstappen, Bottas
2019 Hamilton (Mercedes), Bottas, Verstappen
2018 Hamilton (Mercedes), Bottas, Verstappen
2017 Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel, Bottas
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