Venue: Circuit De Barcelona-Catalunya
Max Verstappen sprang a surprise in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix but we’re tipping Mercedes to hit back in our Spanish Grand Prix predictions.
Tyre problems hampered Lewis Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas during both races over the Silverstone double-header.
Hamilton held on for victory in the British Grand Prix, but Mercedes had to settle for the minor placings on the podium last weekend.
However, Mercedes should be more comfortable back in Barcelona, where they have dominated in recent years.
They have enjoyed a one-two here four times in the past six renewals, with Hamilton winning the last couple ahead of Bottas, while they were first and third in 2017.
That makes 17/20 for the Brackley-based outfit to finish first and second in either order this term a percentage bet from the Spanish Grand Prix odds.
Reflecting on Sunday’s setback, team boss Toto Wolff said: “It was a difficult day in the office.
“We have a handful of days to find out what exactly caused our issues, come up with solutions, test them in Barcelona and then hopefully have a better race.
“It will be challenging, but we’ve had these days in the past and came out stronger and I am really looking forward to Barcelona.
“The days where we lose are the days where we learn the most.”
Hamilton added: “Fair play to Max on the win, Red Bull didn’t seem to have the same tyre issues we encountered.
“I was doing everything I could to nurse the tyres, but it made no difference to the blistering.
“We’ll have to see what happened, but I know this team will get on top of it.”
On a Circuit De Barcelona-Catalunya track used so often for testing, there should be no similar surprises this weekend, though.
How the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix finished
1 Verstappen (Red Bull), 2 Hamilton (Mercedes), 3 Bottas (Mercedes), 4 Leclerc (Ferrari), 5 Albon (Red Bull), 6 Stroll (Racing Point), 7 Hulkenberg (Racing Point), 8 Ocon (Renault), 9 Norris (McLaren), 10 Kvyat (Alphatauri), 11 Gasly (Alphatauri), 12 Vettel (Ferrari), 13 Sainz (McLaren), 14 Ricciardo (Renault), 15 Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), 16 Grosjean (Haas), 17 Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), 18 Russell (Williams), 19 Latifi (Williams), DNF Magnussen (Haas)
With lots of other markets to ponder, we’re adding 18/25 for Lando Norris to finish ahead of McLaren teammate Carlos Sainz to our Spanish Grand Prix betting tips.
Norris has qualified faster than Sainz four times from five attempts this year and fared better on race day on the same number of occasions.
The 20-year-old Briton will be more than happy with fifth place in the drivers’ championship at this stage, six spots and 23 points clear of Sainz.
Elsewhere in the head-to-head odds, 33/50 for Kimi Raikkonen to eclipse Alfa Romeo partner Antonio Giovinazzi seems another solid selection.
The 40-year-old veteran has secured two wins and three other podium finishes at this venue during his illustrious career.
Giovinazzi has generally had the better of things in qualifying this term, but Raikkonen’s experience invariably comes to the fore on race days.
Past Spanish Grand Prix winners:
2019 Hamilton (Mercedes), Bottas, Verstappen
2018 Hamilton (Mercedes), Bottas, Verstappen
2017 Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel, Bottas
2016 Verstappen (Red Bull), Raikkonen, Vettel
2015 Rosberg (Mercedes), Hamilton, Vettel
2014 Hamilton (Mercedes), Rosberg, Ricciardo
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