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How To Bet On Formula 1: F1 Betting Guide for 2023-2024

While NASCAR may be the most popular form of motor racing in the United States, Formula 1 has a worldwide appeal that racing fans have cherished for years. With F1’s popularity steadily growing in America, sports bettors are looking for ways to get in on the action and wager on the next Grand Prix. We'll give you a few tips for the next race and help you better understand how to bet on Formula 1 with this guide!

How to bet on Formula 1: Reading Lines and Odds

Before diving into the specifics, F1 bettors need to understand the odds you'll be laying down money for. Because F1 categories don't resemble the typical moneyline, spread and totals options you'll see across most leagues, here's a refresher.

Outright Winner: Picking a Driver to Win the Grand Prix

This one is nice and simple -- in the same vein as picking an NFL team to win the game straight-up, choosing the outright winner for a grand prix is placing a bet on the 1st place finish. Outright odds might look like this:

Driver1st Place Finish Odds
Max Verstappen-200
Lando Norris+400
Segio Perez+900
Charles Leclerc+1200
Carlos Sainz+1600

There will usually be just one favorite to win the race in F1 -- in this case, due to his dominating performance over the last few years, Verstappen is our favorite. You'd need to wager $200 to earn $100 on his outright win; a fair price for an excellent driver. As we progress down the table, the odds will grow more and more between each contestant. This is because F1 is a fairly static sport when it comes to top-place finishers -- looking further down the table teases a high payout, but comes with added risk.

Podium Finish: Who Will Finish Top 3?

You can give yourself a bit of breathing room by wagering on podium finishes instead of an outright winner. If your selected driver places anywhere in the top three, you're a winner. Because of this, the odds for each driver will drop heavily -- drivers at the top of the table will be favored to wind up on the podium, but even underdogs can sneak in now and then. For instance, compare this with the odds above:

DriverPodium Finish Odds
Max Verstappen-500
Lando Norris-150
Segio Perez+140
Charles Leclerc+180
Carlos Sainz+200

In our first table, Sainz had 16:1 odds to win the race outright -- on a podium finish, he has 2:1 odds. This shows us that winning a race is much harder than placing anywhere in the top three, and the odds become tighter when the winning condition is more forgiving. Keep in mind that it doesn't matter where the driver finishes. Whether it's first or third, you'll get paid on a podium bet.

Points Finish: Choosing a Driver in the Top 10

We'll make this quick since it's very similar to podium betting. Betting on a points finish expands the criteria for a winning bet by an even greater margin than a podium placement -- if your driver finishes in the top 10, you're a winner. As you can imagine, the odds for drivers at the top of the table fall heavily. If Verstappen was already a -200 to win the race outright, then placing inside the top 10 is practically a guarantee, reflected accordingly by the odds.

F1 Qualifying: Betting on Pole Position

Qualifying races are held before each grand prix to determine where the drivers will be lined up to start the race. The best placement is at the front of the pack and closest to the inside, otherwise known as pole position. Qualifiers are a three-stage knockout -- depending on the number of cars, a group of the slowest drivers is eliminated in Q1, another group is eliminated in Q2 and 10 cars are left to race for pole position in Q3.

The odds for pole position is a great betting market to look at during Formula 1 qualifying. At this point, you would have had several chances to see a driver’s performance at the circuit during free practice and should have a pretty good idea of who could potentially win the race.

Prop Bets: A Grab-Bag of Options

Moving away from the importance of where drivers finish, F1 boasts a handful of prop bets for bettors who want to keep it light and wager on a few external factors. Offerings for prop bets will vary depending on the F1 sportsbook you're using, but a few examples of props include:

  • Winning Margin (seconds between the 1st and 2nd place drivers)
  • Winning Team (RedBull, Alpine, etc.)
  • Fastest Lap
  • Will the safety car appear during the race?

The list goes on -- fastest lap is a notable favorite for F1 bettors, as you don't have to be the #1 driver to record the quickest time of the day. Consider starting with props and a top-10 finish bet if this is your first race, they both make betting on F1 that much more approachable and your odds of winning will be slightly higher.

Live Betting: Wagering During the Grand Prix

Live betting is a feature that's offered by most major sportsbooks nowadays -- it allows you to wager anytime from the first lap to the final stretch. You'll be able to wager on most of the options listed above, although some props like the fastest lap may no longer be available.

The difference between live betting on F1 and some other sports is that you’re constantly reassessing your judgments during a race. Drivers need to make crucial pit stops during the race and there's always a chance your existing bet spins out early on. Monitoring these situations is vital if you're looking to put down a new bet halfway through the race.

Commentators are also very valuable when viewing Formula 1 races -- listening to these experts will help you monitor timings throughout the race. If you believe that a particular driver is pitting at the wrong time, this could be the deciding factor as to whether or not you bet on them. On the flip side, it could be the perfect time for you to back that driver’s rival in the race.

F1 Futures: The Long Game

Futures are any wager on the long-term outcome of a competition. For F1, that's usually betting on the F1 Championship or the Constructor's Championship. The F1 Championship has you select the overall points winner at the end of the season while betting on the Constructor's Championship is wagering on the make of the winning car (ex. RedBull).

Odds will be released before the start of the season and change with the outcome of every grand prix. If you're looking to wager on futures, the best odds are the ones you select early -- waiting for the results of the first few races isn't a bad idea, but it's important to remember that the favorite's odds will likely only go down as they rack up wins.

Formula 1 Betting Strategies and Tips

While a huge payout on the underdog may look tempting, they are usually a waste of time -- F1 is a sport in which the favorites almost always get the job done. In 2022, Max Verstappen surpassed the record for most Grand Prix victories in a season with a staggering 15 wins. With only 23 races in the season, that means Max was first for 65% of the entire competition. Following the trend yet?

Generally, there are only going to be about four to six cars and drivers that have a realistic chance of winning on any given race day. One way to find value is to avoid overvaluing the pole position. Earning the pole does give the driver in the lead a big advantage over the field as he can navigate the course without any cars ahead of him from the get-go. But despite this advantage, the driver with pole position only wins about 40 to 50 percent of the time. While this is significant, it isn’t necessarily worth paying huge chalk for.

Often there is more value to be found in betting on an excellent driver off of the pole at +300 or +800 instead of always betting on the huge favorite who starts with pole position.

How to Sign Up At a Sportsbook to Bet on Formula 1

With the basics down, you'll need somewhere to wager on F1 -- here's a quick guide on making a sportsbook account and some tips to get in the driver's seat.

  1. Pick a Sportsbook

    Whether looking at a list of our top sportsbooks or searching on your own, a bit of research goes a long way. You'll need a book that fits all your needs -- preferred deposit/withdrawal options, trustworthy odds, etc. Most of all, if you're looking to wager on F1, make sure they have motorsport odds!

  2. Register your Account

    With most sportsbooks having quick and painless registration options online, this will only take a few minutes. You'll need to provide your name, proof of address, and most likely link a deposit method to the account. After making your first contribution to the betting fund, you're ready to go!

  3. Claim your Welcome Bonus

    Don't sleep on the Welcome Bonus. If you're a first-time customer, most books will match your first deposit with an equal amount of bet credits (up to a certain limit). These are risk-free funds that you can place on most markets and withdraw after you reach certain wagering requirements.

  4. Start Betting & Withdraw Winnings!

    It's time for you to leave the nest and place some wagers on F1, or any other sport that tickles your fancy. If you're a newbie, start with a few simple options before diving into parlays and live bets. When you cash out on a successful bet, you can withdraw your winnings and revel in your victory.

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