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2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Betting Odds: Hamilton A Massive Favorite

Hamilton leads 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Betting Odds

With just two races to go, Mercedes has the lead in the constructors standings while Max Verstappen will be looking to defend, elbows out, against a resurgent Lewis Hamilton. How will the penultimate race pan out? Odds Shark breaks down the F1 odds for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix below.

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According to the F1 odds at BetOnline Sportsbook, Lewis Hamilton is heavily favored to win the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas.

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Odds To Win Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
DriverOdds
Lewis Hamilton-200
Max Verstappen+240
Valtteri Bottas+1200
Sergio Perez+2000
Charles Leclerc+6600
Pierre Gasly+6600
Lando Norris+6600
Carlos Sainz+8000
Daniel Ricciardo+10000
Esteban Ocon+20000

Odds as of December 2 at BetOnline Sportsbook

Previous Race

Lewis Hamilton was simply too strong after he pulled up in Qatar with his new power unit. He was never going to mess up his pole position, like his colleague has done in the last few races, and went on to cruise through to his second successive win as Mercedes perfectly played out the strategy of mimicking Red Bull on the two-stopper.

Max Verstappen had no answer to Hamilton, and finished P2 while Fernando Alonso staved off Red Bull’s Sergio Perez for a rare podium spot in yet another thrilling race toward the end. Valtteri Bottas was forced to retire after a puncture as he aimed to complete the race on a one-stopper.

Hamilton Or Verstappen?

Hamilton has just turned up the pace on Red Bull in the last two races. He was in sensational form in Brazil in a race that may have catalyzed his season before being too strong for basically any driver in Qatar. That has resulted in the rapid shortening of his F1 odds to -200 for this penultimate race.

There is also a case to be made for Hamilton because this is where experience counts: toward the end of a long season, with momentum and rhythm and racing for the best constructor of the decade. Overall, the case for Hamilton is too strong to ignore.

“The car has been performing well recently and is probably in the best place it has been all season, with the drivers confident to push it to the limit,” Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said. “That’s encouraging for the final races and gives us strong momentum to take forward. Both titles are wide open, and our mission is clear.”

Verstappen has done well to finish P2 in consecutive races. That is the best he could have hoped for going into Saudi Arabia because Hamilton was not catchable, as Red Bull and Verstappen have admitted.

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This could be a strong opportunity to reset because he could knock Hamilton out of contention with a strong result in Saudi Arabia. In hindsight, Verstappen has been a terrific competitor to Mercedes and has given us all an enthralling season. Now, he would be desperate that Red Bull find some pace along the straights of Saudi Arabia to keep him and his constructor in the fight for the final race of the season.

“We just need to try and stay focused and there are two races to go and as you can see, a lot of things can happen. Anything is possible,” Verstappen said. “I feel good. It’s going to be a tight battle to the end. I know it’s going to be difficult to the end, but I think that’s nice, it keeps it exciting.”

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Bottas was performing well with the one-stop strategy but a tire puncture completely demolished any hopes he had for a podium spot. Still, this will be his penultimate race for Mercedes and his team will be desperate for a strong finish to his career with the constructor. His F1 odds are presently at +1200.

Sergio Perez (+2000) could have a chance if Verstappen does not have a good race or there is some damage to his car. But right now, that seems unlikely because neither Hamilton nor Verstappen will give any other driver on the track an inch of mercy.

History Of The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

The Jeddah Corniche Circuit, a temporary street circuit, is along Corniche, a coastal resort area of Jeddah. This will be the first F1 race at this circuit.

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Race Technicals

When this track was designed, by the Tilke unit, Ross Brawn had this to say about the track: “What we want to see is a race circuit. We don’t want Mickey Mouse circuits. We don’t want those old classic street circuits with 90-degree turns. We want fast sweeping circuits, circuits which are going to challenge the drivers – and they are going to love it.”

That is exactly how this track will play out: fast, rapid, overtaking. There are 27 turns along this circuit, one of the longest from one end to the other in the F1 calendar this season. There are three DRS detection zones, with one speed trap. There will be 308.45 kilometers of racing, split into 50 laps of 6.17 kilometers.

Weather Conditions

There is almost no chance of rain on race day. The temperatures will be cooler through the evening as this race will be held under floodlights, just like Qatar. A bit of relief for the drivers in the heat.

Betting Strategy For The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Let’s take a look at the technical factors of this race because that could decide it. Saudi Arabia is probably the second-fastest track in this F1 season, after Monza, which is a massive factor. Another possibly crucial point could be the length of the straights here.

Hamilton, armed with a new engine, has showed off the Mercedes strength along the straights in the last two races. Mercedes’ straight-line speed could simply be too much for Red Bull, even with an aggressive Verstappen.

These reasons are why Hamilton’s odds are so short. Presently, he is the ideal candidate to win this penultimate race. If he finishes on pole, that could be another reason to back Hamilton in what could be a wire-to-wire win. If Verstappen manages to get on pole, this could certainly prove to be an interesting race.

Odds Shark will be back next week for one final update ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to close out the F1 season. Stay tuned for more as this season draws to an exciting finish.