Lewis Hamilton equaled Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 Formula One career wins at the Nürburgring and looks to surpass the German F1 legend’s record at the 2020 F1 Portuguese Grand Prix. Whether Hamilton can achieve that feat is anyone’s guess, but if this season’s results are to go by, the Brit is the one to watch as F1 drivers travel to rainy Portugal.
The upcoming race will mark the 26th time Portugal will host the F1 World Championship event and the first time since 1996 as a one-off race to help fill the 2020 calendar. The event will be held Sunday at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve (also known as Portimao), which will also be the venue for the Portuguese motorcycle Grand Prix in late November.
As we look forward to the 12th race of the season, the spotlight will be on Hamilton, who looks set to secure his eighth win and solidify himself on the top of the driver standings. Let’s check out the main betting odds favorites, as well as two dark-horse picks.
Lewis Hamilton -270
By tying Schumacher, Hamilton is a few steps from equaling the German’s seven F1 titles as well. If we take the whole season into account, there are not many drivers who can spoil his plans.
Hamilton has already won seven out of 11 races and has, on top of that, claimed two podium finishes, meaning he has ended the race outside of the top three in only 18.2% of races.
The Brit did not have much competition, which is largely due to Ferrari’s struggles and the fact that he is just that good. Still, two drivers have proven they’re capable of going toe-to-toe with Hamilton.
Valtteri Bottas +325
Despite his success in Russia, it’s hard to trust Bottas over Hamilton. That is not necessarily because Bottas is a worse driver, but largely because it’s highly likely the Silver Arrows will instruct the Finn to sit back and allow Hamilton to pass him in case the duo find themselves in front.
The only way Bottas could potentially win is if Hamilton crashes or makes a huge mistake that would see him fall behind. Nevertheless, Bottas should not be completely ignored by the bettors, even though there is a huge question mark above his chances to win.
Max Verstappen +400
Max Verstappen is the second man in the conversation of drivers that can potentially defeat Hamilton. We can be sure the Dutch will be keen on spoiling Hamilton’s day if given the opportunity. Verstappen has won one race, the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. He has also claimed seven podiums — five runner-up finishes and one bronze medal.
Verstappen finished second at the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix, where he impressed many with his driving, which saw him lock in the fastest lap of the race (1’28.139). Although victory is far from guaranteed, we could be looking at another solid finish from Verstappen in his upgraded RB16.
Sergio Perez + 4500
Even though Sergio Perez has yet to win a single race, he has locked in a few noteworthy results. In the nine races he has participated in, Perez has managed a top-six finish in all but three.
The Mexican driver is entering the Portuguese race following consecutive fourth-place finishes. One in Russia and the other in Germany, which indicates he is in solid form. But it remains to be seen whether he can cause any major upsets and claim the checkered flag.
Daniel Ricciardo +5500
Daniel Ricciardo is traveling to Portugal following an impressive third-place finish in Germany. This marked his best result. And it was his first podium finish since 2018 when he won the Monacan race. On top of his success last weekend, Ricciardo also finished inside the top six in five more races, including all of the last five.
Expecting Ricciardo to finish on the podium again seems a bit too optimistic. A lot will have to go his way to achieve that feat. However, it’s highly likely we might be seeing the Australian driver up there with the fastest six once more.
There are many unanswered questions about the next race. Largely because it will mark the first time F1 will travel to the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. The element of the unknown will make this race a bit more exciting for both the fans and the drivers.
While the bookmakers seem to agree Hamilton is all but guaranteed to win, there are plenty of solid betting opportunities on the top six and podium finish markets for this year’s F1 Portuguese Grand Prix Betting.