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Formula One: Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Outrights Preview, Live Stream, Odds, Picks & Predictions

Will Mercedes, Red Bull, or Ferrari Control the Season Opener?

All Eyes on Bahrain

The beginning of the Formula One season is set for Sunday in Bahrain. The Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix is always a great race because drivers have to adjust to being back in the cockpit.

All eyes will be on this race because of the competition between Max Verstappen, the reigning champ, and the sport’s best driver, Lewis Hamilton. The green flag in Bahrain is scheduled to wave at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN.

Formula One: Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Outrights Preview, Live Stream, Odds, Picks & Predictions
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Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Formula 1 odds for Bahrain Grand Prix. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.

The Course

The Bahrain Grand Prix is one of the most exciting races of the season. The first race on the circuit took place in April of 2004, and it has since grown to be one of the best venues in the Middle East. Lewis Hamilton has been the best driver in Bahrain, with five wins on the course.

Ferrari is tied with Mercedes at six for the most team wins in the Bahrain Grand Prix. The race is 308.238 km which is 191.530 miles. It occurs over the course of 57 laps. The Bahrain Grand Prix is so exciting to watch because there are a variety of passing zones.

Many times, in Formula One, the passing zones are limited. The Bahrain Grand Prix is one of the safest circuits in the world, so it really highlights the racing ability of the best drivers in the world.

Drivers to Watch

Multiple drivers have a chance of winning this race. The projected winner will be highlighted following qualifying. However, since this circuit has numerous passing zones, it’s possible to make moves from the middle of the pack.

In winter testing, the two teams that have shined have been Ferrari and Red Bull. Ferrari looked strong early, and then Red Bull came alive. Red Bull had to overcome losing Honda as their engine manufacturer, but they are thriving at the right time heading into the season.

Despite all this, Hamilton and Mercedes are still the favorites at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Hamilton is the defending champion in Bahrain, and he also won in 2014, 2015, 2019, and 2020. He is so good on this course because once he gets a lead, he can cruise.

His team is so good in the pits, so he can accelerate and grow his lead. The other driver to watch is Max Verstappen, the leading driver for Red Bull. Look for multiple lead changes down the stretch of the race between Hamilton and Verstappen.

Hamilton vs Verstappen Head-to-Head

Hamilton and Verstappen are the two drivers in this race that you should watch. Between the two drivers last season, they had 18 total wins and 35 podiums. The other three drivers in the top five had a combined two wins.

This means the likelihood of these two drivers winning on Sunday is very likely. Verstappen had ten wins, and Hamilton had eight victories last season.

Bahrain Grand Prix

  • Game: Bahrain Grand Prix
  • Location: Bahrain International Circuit
  • Day/Time: Sunday March 20, 11 a.m.. ET
  • Live stream: Formula1.com

Bahrain Grand Prix Betting Lines

Lewis Hamilton 225
Max Verstappen 200
Charles Leclerc 500
George Russell 1000
Carlos Sainz 750
Lando Norris 2800
Sergio Perez 2000
Fernando Alonso 6600
Daniel Ricciardo 5000
Esteban Ocon 6600
Pierre Gasly 6600
Sebastian Vettel 15000
Lance Stroll 15000
Yuki Tsunoda 20000
Valtteri Bottas 25000
Guanyu Zhou 25000
Alex Albon 15000
Nicholas Latifi 25000
Mick Schumacher 6600

Bahrain Grand Prix Prediction

The Bahrain Grand Prix odds are very solid, with a lot of value at this point. The favorite is Verstappen at +200. He is in front of Hamilton at +225. After these two drivers, the racers in the back of the pack start to come up in the odds.

Charles Leclerc of Ferrari is predicted to finish third, and he is +500. It then jumps to +750 with Carlos Sainz and +1000 for George Russell. You should focus on Verstappen and Hamilton when betting on this race.

Based on Hamilton’s success in Bahrain, he is the best decision for Sunday.

Pick: Lewis Hamilton ML (+225)

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