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2021 Qatar Grand Prix F1 Odds, Preview, and Prediction

By Hank Blaine

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?

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2021 Qatar Grand Prix Race Info

  • When: Sunday, Nov. 21 at 6:00 am ET
  • Where: Losail International Circuit, Qatar
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Live Stream: Formula1.com
  • Circuit Length: 5.38 km
  • Laps: 57
  • Number of Corners: 16

2021 Qatar Grand Prix takes the Australian Grand Prix’s place

The Qatar GP takes place for the first time this year. The race takes the place of the Australian Grand Prix. Formula One canceled the Australian GP late in the season, which caused an opening on the calendar. Qatar was more than happy to fill the opening. Next year, F1 will skip racing at Qatar. But starting in 2023, a Formula One race will happen in the Middle Eastern nation every year until 2032. The reason for the skipped year? Qatar wants to build a specific Formula One track.

Can Lewis Hamilton win his second straight?

Although Verstappen appeared to have pushed Hamilton off the track, Mercedes’ top driver eventually passed Red Bull’s best to grab the checkered flag in Brazil. By winning, Lewis Hamilton keeps alive his chances of taking first-place from Verstappen. Hamilton heads to Qatar on fire. Not only did he win in Brazil, but he finished second to Verstappen at both the Mexican Grand Prix and the United States GP. So, yes, Lewis Hamilton can definitely win his second in a row.

Will Max Verstappen get back on the winning track?

This isn’t the right question. Of course Max Verstappen, who has won nine F1 events this season, can step to the top spot on the podium in Qatar. But the real question is whether he’s worth a bet to beat Lewis Hamilton. Odds will make Hamilton or Verstappen the chalk. So consider odds before dumping on either. If the odds are close enough where it doesn’t make a difference which driver you choose, go with the driver you believe has the best shot of winning.

What are the chances Valtteri Bottas improves upon his third-place finish in Brazil?

Bottas always has a shot to win a race. But it’s doubtful he breaks up the Verstappen and Hamilton duo. One of the problems with backing Valtteri is that he’s changing teams immediately after this season’s final race, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 12. Bottas always drives well. Right now, though, Mercedes has all of their eggs in the Hamilton basket. So don’t expect Valtteri to finish better than third.

How will Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc perform?

Both should finish in the top five, but Max Verstappen’s teammate has the upper hand. Sergio Perez finished fourth in Brazil. Charles Leclerc wasn’t far away in fifth. But before Brazil, Perez had scored a third place finish at the Mexican Grand Prix and a third-place finish in the U.S. Perez has become a solid driver. He’s got a decent crew. Ferrari knows this season is over. So Leclerc’s constructor is planning for next season. If you want to play one or the other, Sergio Perez is the better bet than Charles Leclerc.

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