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F1 Betting: Is Imola Finally Ferrari’s Time to Shine?

Can Ferrari finally paint Imola red? Since F1 made the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari a staple on the calendar, Ferrari has yet to capture the checkered flag here. Lewis Hamilton won the first race in 2020 followed by Max Verstappen in 2021 and 2022. The floods cancelled last year’s course although the latter was heavily favored to make it three straight. But seeing the F1 betting odds now, we see red with our green.

Ferrari is listed at moderate underdog odds considering Red Bull’s and McLaren’s potency. McLaren, via Lando Norris, stole the show in Miami. And Verstappen is heavily favored to bounce back and win again. But Ferrari is not far behind and upgrades to the constructor could make this a second straight course where Verstappen does not win.

F1 Betting: Is Imola Finally Ferrari's Time to Shine?
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Ferrari Double Podium (+450)? Best Value on F1 Betting

If you’ve been reading my previews, I can’t hide the fact I’ve been heavy on Ferrari since the last part of last season. Call it Verstappen fatigue or whatever. But despite being outshined by McLaren, Ferrari is the F1 best bet this weekend. In particular, I like Charles Leclerc to win pole position at +400.

That’s quite the F1 betting line. But Leclerc has been the second-best driver at crushing qualifying next to Verstappen. He got pole position five times last season with three coming in the last five races. Verstappen’s streak of starting up front will come to an end in Imola. And it will be Leclerc’s hand.

On that note, we can also back Leclerc to hold on to that start and win at +1200. This will be his first victory in almost two years. At worst, we expect Leclerc to return to the podium at -150. This is a better deal than -200 on Norris.

As for Carlos Sainz, he has sneakily become Ferrari’s best driver if we’re talking about actually winning a race. Two of the last three wins by a non-Red Bull driver were by his wheel. Yet he’s got long odds at +2500 to win here. He crashed in 2022 and finished behind Leclerc in 2021.

Per online betting odds, Leclerc is Ferrari’s best bet here. A double podium for Ferrari is at +450 though, a top-six finished for both is reasonably priced at -300.

F1 Weather Forecast: More Rain to Come to Imola

It may rain on Ferrari’s parade at Imola this Sunday. Weather forecasts show strong chances of rain with precipitation at 40%. There are storm clouds around the area so it could get wet on the track. That can lead to instant drama as Sainz found out the worst way. As such, it might be tough to bet online on “no retirements” even at +500. Our money is on Lance Stroll finding a way to not finish for Aston Martin at +1400.

F1 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix Betting Lines

Odds To Win F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Max Verstappen
Red Bull
Lando Norris
Charles Leclerc
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
Carlos Sainz
Oscar Piastri
George Russell
Lewis Hamilton

The odds in this chart are posted on the time of publication of the article. They are subject to change without previous notice.

And if it does rain, we’ll hitch our wagons on the best and most experienced drivers. Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso have shown good form in the rain. But we like the latter more as Alonso has consistently competed regardless of what team he’s raced with. A top-six finish for Alonso is priced at +175. This is not a bad wager if you’re looking for an underdog to back.

F1 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix Race Information

  • Race: Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix 2024
  • Day/Time: Sunday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. ET
  • Location: Imola Circuit, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix Live Stream: Formula1.com


Ferrari Podium Party (+800) at Sportsbook

While Ferrari’s wins are few and far between, it’s the best team on the grid for this Grand Prix. Even if we factor in the rainy weather, we like the odds we’re getting on the red team. It might sound crazy. But Ferrari will own the podium in its home country. It is overdue so take Ferrari to be the winning constructor in the BetUS sportsbook at +800.



Questions of the Day

Is Ferrari worth betting on the F1 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix?

Ferrari is listed at +800 to win the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix and +350 to gain pole position (win qualifying). These are not bad F1 picks.

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