Formula 1 Predictions: Emilia Romagna GP Betting Preview
After a shocking ending of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Formula One travels to Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on Sunday, April 18, for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. As the second race of the 2021 season, Emilia Romagna GP was initially intended to be held as a one-off event in 2020 but has now found its way into the F1 schedule once more as a replacement race for the postponed Chinese Grand Prix. With that being said, let’s take a closer look at the upcoming F1 event on schedule so you can bet against their Formula 1 odds.
F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Betting Preview
Last time out, we saw Lewis Hamilton edge out Max Verstappen to claim victory in Bahrain, and the Brit is once again fancied to drive his way to the checkered flag in Italy. But does the seven-time world champion have it in him to claim his second consecutive victory of the season, or will Verstappen get his revenge at the 4.9km (3.05 miles) track?
While Verstappen and Hamilton are billed as the two main favorites to win, there are plenty of other drivers that could shock the world and steal the spotlight. Here, we take a look at a few drivers that can impress, as well as a dark horse pick, who just might surprise.
Lewis Hamilton / Odds: +125
Lewis Hamilton had no right winning the 2021 season opener; however, it’s hard not to be impressed with his driving. What the Brit produced that day was nothing short of a defensive masterclass to keep Verstappen at bay in the closing stages of the race.
And let’s not forget Hamilton had older tires and a slower machine than the Dutch in the final laps and still won the race, which tells a lot about his quality. Granted, Hamilton doesn’t necessarily need to prove how good he can be.
It remains to be seen how the race would have ended had Verstappen not been forced to drop back after an illegal overtaking move, but we must give credit where credit is due. Besides Hamilton’s impressive showing in Bahrain, he is also the only driver to ever win Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which is worth something.
Max Verstappen / Odds: +120
It’s interesting to see Max Verstappen being priced as the joint favorite with Hamilton for the upcoming race, but it would be fair to say that it’s deserved. As noted before, Verstappen was in an excellent spot to win the season opener, and perhaps he would have won it had he not made the overtaking error.
There is no hiding that Verstappen is in great form, and if his showing in Bahrain is any indication, 2021 just might be his best season to date. Given how large the gap between the top two and the rest seems to be, it’s also fair to say that Verstappen only really needs to beat Hamilton to become the world champion – a task that might seem easier said than done.
Last year, Verstappen raced well at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari but crashed out of podium position after right rear failure in lap 50. Even though he has not finished the race, Verstappen’s driving at this track was very solid, and if that is any indication, he should be confident in competing with Hamilton for his first win of the season.
Sergio Perez / Odds: +1000
Sergio Perez can be backed at +1000 to win the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which is a solid price for a driver that finished fifth in Bahrain. Although his placement might not look very good on paper, he still deserves a lot of praise for finishing as high as he did after being forced to start the race from the pit lane.
Last year, Perez finished sixth at this track, which was another impressive result considering he started 11th on the grid. A lot will have to go right for Perez to catch up to the two frontrunners, but he has definitely shown enough for us to believe he can – or at least compete for a podium.
Lando Norris / Odds: +4000
McLaren claim to have the best all-round package behind Mercedes and Red Bull, and considering how well Lando Norris and his teammate Daniel Ricciardo have done in Bahrain, that just might be true. In the season opener, McLaren had the third-fastest car, which should, in theory, ensure a tight race for a podium finish and a possible surprise appearance inside the top-three.
Norris has finished the Bahrain Grand Prix in fourth place, albeit +46.466s behind Hamilton and over nine seconds behind Bottas in third, which is obviously not ideal, but we wouldn’t completely write off the 21-year-old Brit.
Although we wouldn’t count on Norris to defeat Hamilton and Verstappen to claim his maiden F1 victory, a smaller bet on a podium finish is worth a shot at the provided odds.