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F1 Podium: Three Bets for the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix

The Winners, 1st Valtteri Bottas, 2nd Sebastian Vettel and 3rd Daniel Ricciardo on the podium at Austrian Formula One Grand Prix on Jul 09, 2017 in Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria.

For the first time ever, Formula 1 is running races on three consecutive weekends and Austria is the meat in this motorsport sandwich. On Sunday, July 1, the Red Bull team welcomes the world to their home track for the fifth race at the Red Bull Ring. The home team is looking for its first win in five years at the Austrian Grand Prix, which was off the schedule from 2007 to 2014.

Bovada has points leader Lewis Hamilton (+110) as the favorite heading into Austria. Hamilton is coming off a win last week in France and leads Sebastian Vettel (+200) by nine points for the drivers championship with eight of 21 races completed.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen (+750) and Daniel Ricciardo (+800) are looking to contend on their home track and break a dismal history for Red Bull in Austria, where they have no wins and just two podiums in the past four years. Ricciardo will turn 29 on Sunday and hopes for some milk to go with his cake at the finish line.

Bettors may be surprised to see last year’s winner Valtteri Bottas at +900 on the oddsboard. Bottas has led 72 laps at the Red Bull Ring in his career, which is more than any driver in this race. He has started on the front row in the previous two races (France and Canada) and drivers this week are expected to use tires similar to the ones they used last week.

Bet on the Austrian Grand Prix here!

P1: The Field (-150) vs Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton finished fourth at Austria last year and has only led a combined 25 laps at the Red Bull Ring in his career. He does have a first-place finish on his resume from 2016 after being runner-up in both 2015 and 2014.

It’s always hardest to stay on the top once you get there. Granted, Hamilton is arguably the best driver in F1 today, however, he’s being hunted down by the field. On this day, I think the field comes out on top.

P2: Valtteri Bottas to Run the Fastest Lap (+330)

Bottas has started in the front row for consecutive weeks and is the defending champion at the Red Bull Ring. Bottas has never finished out of the points on this track, one that holds a special place for him. The Finn got his first career podium here in 2014 while driving for Williams.

While Mercedes teammate Hamilton is the golden boy, past success at this track combined with the backing of his Mercedes team is enough to get me interested in Bottas at these odds.

P3: Fernando Alonso First to Retire from the Race (+1400)

A risky bet, no doubt, however there is some precedent here. Alonso has failed to finish four of his previous six starts on this track. In addition, he has only finished in the points once in Spielberg. He qualified fourth and finished fifth in 2014, the only time he ever started in the top 10.

Alonso’s McLaren is eighth in the drivers championship standings with 32 points. Once regarded as the best in the world, Alonso has DNF results in three consecutive events, earning zero points in France, Canada and Monaco.

The full list of odds for the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix is below:

2018 Austrian Grand Prix Odds
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)+110
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)+200
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)+750
Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)+800
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)+900
Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)+2500
Carlos Sainz (Renault)+40000
Fernando Alonso (McLaren)+40000
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)+40000
Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)+40000
Romain Grosjean (Haas)+50000
Esteban Ocon (Force India)+75000
Sergio Perez (Force India)+75000
Charles Leclerc (Alfa Romeo Sauber)+75000
Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso Honda)+150000
Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)+150000
Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso Honda)+200000
Marcus Ericsson (Alfa Romeo Sauber)+300000
Sergey Sirotkin (Williams)+400000
Lance Stroll (Williams)+400000

Odds as of June 27 at Bovada