After a week-long break, Formula One will return on the track for a great online betting opportunity. The 14th race of the season is scheduled for Sunday at Istanbul Park in Turkey. It will mark the first time in nine years Turkey will host an F1 race and the first time since 2011 when Sebastian Vettel claimed his third win of the season en route to the championship title. We’ve broken down the online motorsport betting odds for the Turkish Grand Prix betting preview to get you ready to wager.
The upcoming race will be of great importance for not only Lewis Hamilton, who could win his seventh championship in Turkey, but for the Silver Arrows as well. If Hamilton manages to win the race and his teammate Valtteri Bottas finishes second, Mercedes would seal the constructor title for the seventh consecutive year, breaking Ferrari’s streak of six back-to-back titles from 1999-2004.
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However, what makes the race more exciting is that with the current standings, both Hamilton and Bottas are mathematically in the race for the championship title. This begs the question: Will Bottas manage to overtake his teammate and delay the Brit’s celebration? Or will the momentum help Hamilton tie Michael Schumacher’s record seven titles?
Turkish Grand Prix Betting Preview
No one should be shocked to see Lewis Hamilton priced as the sportsbook main favorite to win in Turkey or any of the remaining races for that matter. The British Formula One driver has been a force to be reckoned with for more than half a decade. It seems like he is getting better with each passing season.
Hamilton has won nine out of 13 races this season and has claimed a podium finish in all but two, the Austrian and Italian Grand Prixs. He has also won four out of the last five races, including all of the last three.
One last thing to note about Hamilton is that he has already won in Turkey (2010) and holds a runner-up finish from 2008 and a fourth-place finish in 2011.
Odds to win: 1.37 (-270)
The 31-year-old Finnish driver is in second place in the F1 standings with 197 points, two wins, and 10 podiums. While he has finished the majority of races behind his teammate, Valtteri Bottas is still one of Hamilton’s main threats.
Bottas has finished inside the top-two in all but one of the last four races, which includes a victory in Russia. However, the problem is that Bottas has never before raced in Turkey, which won’t do him any favors. Albeit, we can’t deny just how solid the Finn has been with his driving this season.
Odds to win: 4.25 (+325)
Max Verstappen continues to be priced amongst the top-three F1 betting favorites to win any race he attends, and it’s hard to argue against that. The Dutch driver has finished inside the top-three in all races he finished (9-3). This tells a lot about the driver’s quality and Red Bull’s problems.
We expect Verstappen to once again challenge the two Mercedes drivers in Istanbul. However, due to his issues with the car and the fact that both Hamilton and Bottas have consistently outperformed the Dutch driver, it’s hard to back Verstappen on the outright market.
Odds to win: 5.50 (+450)
Daniel Ricciardo has impressed many with his driving this season. Particularly by scoring two podium finishes at Eiffel Grand Prix and Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. He is now ranked fourth in the drivers’ standings with 95 points. This sets the Australian driver nicely for a top-four finish.. This will be the first time in this position since 2014 when he ended the season in third place.
While Riccardo hasn’t managed to win a single race this season, he has improved his driving and should be considered as a top-six pick. Riccardo has ended the race inside top-six in all but two of the last seven. This is including two fourth-place and two third-place finishes.
Odds to win: 61.00 (+6000)
Alex Albon is far from one of the main favorites to claim the chequered flag in Turkey. However, he is not one to be ignored. The Red Bull driver has had a truly impressive season. While he has been consistently outclassed by his teammate Verstappen, Albon also had more than a few unfortunate results.
Nevertheless, Albon has locked in a third-place finish in Tuscany. And, with that, proved he is capable of making some noise in Turkey as well. We still have a hard time believing Albon can finish on the podium, giving his online racing odds, but he should be considered a top-six pick.
Odds to win: 91.00 (+9000)