For the second straight weekend, the F1 drivers will be in Bahrain, Lewis Hamilton won there last week on the Bahrain International Circuit, but it will be a different track this weekend for the Rolex Sakhir Grand Prix, which will be run on the Outer Track. Results aside, the hope is that we do not see a repeat of the horrific accident that saw Romain Grosjean’s vehicle split in half in a collision that turned into a fireball. The good news is that he walked away relatively unscathed, but it is still the type of incident that strikes fear in the hearts of drivers and fans alike. Heading into the penultimate race of the season, it is the usual list of favorites on the board for this race, so let’s take a closer look at the top drivers, along with their Formula 1 odds.
Formula 1 Betting Analysis for the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix
We have reached a point where it is almost an act of total folly not to bet on Hamilton to win any race that he is involved in. While he has been the dominant driver in F1 for several years now, he has been different class in 2020. He has already clinched the world championship, but he is showing zero sign of letting up in the final weeks of the season. With his win in Bahrain last weekend, Hamilton has now won 5 straight races, making it 11 wins out of 15 this season. That is also now back to back wins in Bahrain. When you take all of that into account, it is no surprise at all that he is an overwhelming favorite again this weekend.
Max Verstappen (+150)
With just 2 races left on the season, the only thing left for Max Verstappen to accomplish is to move up to 2nd in the driver standings. Right now, he is sitting in 3rd with 189 points, which leaves him just 12 points back of Valtteri Bottas. Verstappen closed the gap a little last weekend, finishing 2nd behind Hamilton, a position that is becoming all too familiar. Verstappen has 1 win this season, with that one coming at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, but he has also been a regular on the podium, so always a threat to come away with the win. If he can maintain his consistency over the final two races, he may just move up and into his best ever season finish.
Valtteri Bottas (+175)
With Lewis Hamilton clinching the world championship a couple of weeks ago, some of the air seems to have gone out of Bottas. A couple of times this season, it looked as though he was going to give the champion all he could handle, but the wheels have come off a little over the past few weeks. He had an incredibly disappointing 14th place finish in Turkey, followed by another poor run last weekend in Bahrain, where he came in 6th. When you consider that he had run 2nd in his previous 2 races at Bahrain, that result was poor indeed. It’ll be interesting to see just how hard Bottas is willing to fight to maintain his current 2nd place standing.