Formula 1 is back! After having to adjust the schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sport returns back to a normal schedule, looking to keep it that way for the remainder of the year. And we certainly hope it stays that way.
The F1 season kicks off this Sunday with the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix. With just a few days left before starting time, we take a closer look at the latest expert preview, F1 betting odds and picks for this Sunday’s race.
2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Race Info
- When: Sunday, March 28th, 11:00am ET
- Where: Bahrain International Circuit
- TV: Fox Sports
- Live Stream: Formula1.com
- Circuit Length: 5.412km
- Laps: 57
- Race Distance: 308.238km
- Number of Corners: 15
2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Odds
- Max Verstappen +137
- Lewis Hamilton +162
- Valterri Bottas +500
- Sergio Perez +800
- Daniel Ricciardo +2800
- Lando Norris +4000
- Pierre Gasly +6600
- Sebastian Vettel +8000
- Charles Leclerc +8000
- Lance Stroll +8000
- Yuki Tsunoda +10000
- Fernando Alonso +12500
- Esteban Ocon +12500
- Carlos Sainz +12500
- Antonio Giovinazzi +50000
- Kimi Raikkonen +50000
- George Russell +50000
- Nicholas Latifi +300000
- Nikita Mazepin +300000
- Mick Schumacher +30000
Who Has the Best Chance to Win?
The two teams that are giving much to talk about are Mercedes and Red Bull. For Red Bull, their performance has been fairly consistent and reliable. This was shown during the pre-season tests. In the case of Mercedes, they were lacking stability and reliability became another issue, which isn’t very common from this team to do that.
Max Verstappen is Red Bull’s top choice and the current favorite in the 2021 Bahrain GP odds at +137. In the case of the reining Drivers’ Champion Lewis Hamilton, he’s at +162 in the F1 odds. Although Hamilton has won this race before many times, the fact that Mercedes has been having performance issues puts these odds in Red Bull’s favor. Though not a guarantee to win, there’s no doubt it will give a push for Verstappen.
Who Has Control of the Midfield?
If there’s a team you have to keep an eye out for, it’s Mclaren. Their work on their rear diffuser has worked marvelously, making it the most prepared F1 car on the track with a Mercedes engine.
Looking at last year’s results, the team ended as the third constructor. They’ve upgraded their engines from Renault to Mercedes and they’ve also added Daniel Ricciardo to their line up.
Their top driver is Lando Norris, who currently stands at +4000 to win the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix. He has done quite well at this track, placing in fourth last season. During 2020, he claimed six top five finishes, a bronze in Austria and hasn’t gone lower than sixth place at Bahrain.
Which Teams Should You Avoid?
Aston Martin will seem to have problems, as Sebastian Vettel has said he doesn’t have many laps run to be fully prepared this season. So they will definitely have a tough time getting in line with the other teams and drivers.
We have to mention Mercedes again. Yes, Hamilton is the champ and the favorite. But he’s been having a tough time getting ready. Plus, it was uncertain if he would remain in Mercedes.
2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Betting Prediction
The clear choice to pick is Verstappen. He’s been having a good preseason and he’s coming in with momentum. Hamilton, on the other hand, still has his doubts with the machine. If Mercedes is able to get their car ready for action, we might see Hamilton take the win and kick off the season on the right foot.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.