After a disrupted 2020 season, Formula 1 is back with a full slate of races on the calendar for 2021. It is also back with a chance of history being made. As fans of F1 are already probably aware, a world championship for Lewis Hamilton this season would mean that he would pass Michael Schumacher for the most titles in the history of the sport. There were many who viewed this outcome as something of a foregone conclusion, especially when you consider how dominant Hamilton has been over the years. The reality, though, is that if he is to win it again, he is going to have to come from behind to make it happen. The drivers will be in France this weekend for the French Grand Prix, which was one of the races that was cancelled last season. Let’s take a look at the favorites for this one along with their Formula 1 odds.
Formula 1 Betting Analysis for the 2021 Emirates Grand Prix De France
Lewis Hamilton +120
Hamilton started the season looking very much like a man on a mission, but things have not gone his way over the last couple of races. Through the first 4 races of the year, Hamilton took the checkered flag 3 times and finished 2nd in the other race. It was the short of dominance that we have come to expect from the British driver, and it had us all believing that he might just romp his way to another world championship. Things, though, began to go off the rails in Monaco, where he finished 7th. That was followed up by a 15th place finish in Azerbaijan, a result that dropped him out of the top spot in the driver standings. The French Grand Prix entered the schedule in 2018, with Hamilton winning it in both the years it ran.
Max Verstappen +130
The feeling was that if anyone was going to challenge Hamilton and make things difficult for him this season, it would most likely be Max Verstappen. That has indeed proven to be the case, as the Dutchman finds himself atop the driver standings, albeit with a very slender 2-point lead. While strange things can happen, this season is shaping up to be a 2-horse race, with Hamilton and Verstappen way out in front of the chasing pack. He has won 2 races this season and has been either 1st or 2nd in 5 of the 6 races to this point. He lost an opportunity to really open up a lead on Hamilton in Azerbaijan, ending up with an 18th place finish. In his two runs in France, Verstappen finished 2nd and 4th.
Valtteri Bottas +800
You always had the feeling that this was going to be a bit of a difficult season for the Finnish driver. He has finished 2nd overall in each of the last 2 seasons and has looked like the main threat to Hamilton. Where things get tricky is that Hamilton and Bottas are teammates, so you had to wonder just how committed Bottas would be to stopping Hamilton from making history this season. It has certainly not gone well in 2021, with Bottas managing a trio of 3rd place finishes, while being forced to retire in 2 more. His best run in France came in 2019, when he finished 2nd.