Formula One standings leader Max Verstappen looks for his third straight when Red Bull’s top driver heads to Brazil for the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix. Heading into Brazil, the man from the Netherlands has 312.5 points. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has 293.5 points while Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, shows 185 points. Will Hamilton do enough to cut Verstappen’s lead? Or will Max continue to show why he’s the driver to beat for this year’s Formula 1 Championship?
2021 Brazilian Grand Prix Race Info
- When: Sunday, Nov. 7 at 12:00 pm ET
- Where: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- TV: ESPN2
- Live Stream: Formula1.com
- Circuit Length: 4.309 km
- Laps: 71
- Number of Corners: 15
2019 Brazilian Grand Prix Recap
Like the United States Grand Prix and Mexican Grand Prix, F1 skipped the 2020 Brazilian GP. Based on the 2019 race, though, Verstappen could be tough to beat. Max not only started from the pole position, but he also won the race. Verstappen didn’t dominate, though. While the Red Bull racer finished with a 1:07.508 time, Sebastian Vettel, driving for Ferrari in 2019, finished second with a time of 1:07.631. Lewis Hamilton was in third after crossing the finish line with at 1:07.699.
Can Max Verstappen win his third straight or will Lewis Hamilton catch him in Brazil?
Hamilton and Mercedes know they must make a move soon if they wish to win the F1 Championship. If Verstappen were to win his third straight, pressure would mount. What are Lewis’ chances of catching Max on Sunday? Not bad. Verstappen has won three straight just once this season. The Formula One standings leader took the checkered flag at Monaco, Azerbaijan, and the French Grand Prix. Hamilton has finished second in the last couple of races. He could be due for a the top spot on the podium.
Will Valtteri Bottas bounce back from the crash in Mexico City and if so, in what place is he likely to finish?
Bottas could bounce back with a great run. But Valtteri and Mercedes have decided to call it quits. In fact, Bottas has said he hopes to drive for his new team, Alfa Romero, in the post season race in December. But then again, Bottas isn’t the type of driver to give up on a season. He won the Turkish Grand Prix this year. In 2019, Bottas finished fifth in this race. There’s a chance he picks it up enough, especially after the crash that took him out in Mexico, to step onto the podium’s top spot.
Sergio Perez has finished third in two straight. Can Perez finish second or third on Sunday? Or will third be Perez’s ceiling?
In the last couple of events, Sergio Perez has made his presence known. Perez finished third at the United States GP. The Mexican National followed up his third-place in the U.S. with a third at the Mexico City Grand Prix. Perez has a victory this year, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. No doubt, all eyes will be on Perez’s teammate, Max Verstappen, but he’s geared up for a great run in Brazil. Don’t look past Perez taking his second first-place trophy of the season. Most definitely, Perez is the top underdog pick after the Big 3, Verstappen, Hamilton, and Bottas, to win the race.
What are Charles Leclerc’s chances?
Another driver to consider is Charles Leclerc. Ferrari took over third-place on the Constructor standings from McLaren. Leclerc finished fifth in Mexico City. Grabbing third could be exactly what Charles and Ferrari required to boost their chances in Brazil. Ferrari has said they’re using this season to prepare for 2022. But who knows? Maybe, overtaking McLaren will give them the confidence to go for first place in Sao Paulo. Once again, if you’re looking to back an underdog, consider Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc your top two options.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.