Max Verstappen arrives at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend on a sequence of five successive race victories. He is six from eight in 2023 (finishing second twice) and he has won 22 of his last 28 starts.
How can he be opposed this weekend? He can be backed at 1/3 for Sunday’s race – with just one retirement in 38 races, it is an outstanding price.
Alas, no one will get rich backing the Dutchman at such odds – only slightly wealthier (something that is needed at the outset to habitually back long odds-on shots) – and so we need to examine the plenitude of other markets available to us this weekend.
20/20 on Classified Stakes?
The sequence of race finishers now reads 20-19-20-19 and 19. 2023 Formula 1 cars are hyper-reliable compared to their yesteryear counterparts.
Bet365 is offering 11/2 odds about all 20 starters seeing the chequered flag (or completing the 90% race distance that is required to be a ‘classified finisher’). What’s not to like?
A redesigned floor, side pods, and engine cover are the upgrades you can see to the McLaren. Doubtlessly, more has been done to make the car – Lando Norris’s McLaren at least – the revelation it was in Austria last weekend.
The young Brit took fourth at the Red Bull Ring. It was his best result of the season, but he had finished in the points three times beforehand. There is every reason to believe McLaren has passed Aston Martin in the pecking order and that means another top-six finish for Norris is over-priced at the 6/4 currently on offer.
Alex to Make Up for Missed Opportunity
Alex Albon feels Williams missed an opportunity in Austria. He was in the top-10 running throughout the weekend, competing for points in the Sprint Race and full Grand Prix. But, a switch from the intermediate tyres to slick tyres in the Sprint – while many other cars stayed out – dropped him back to 13th.
A race-long challenge for a point in the Grand Prix ended in narrow disappointment when he was overhauled by Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll for tenth in the closing laps. Hopefully, there will be no more disappointments on Sunday as we are taking the 6/4 about the Thai driver finishing in the top 10.
Verstappen Plus One Other Only
Finally, consider this: Red Bull has led 532 race laps in 2023. Only three other teams have led a race lap, they are Ferrari, Mercedes, and Aston Martin. They have led 26 laps combined! Resultantly, it is massively unlikely there will be three or more race leaders on Sunday.
Bet365 quotes 6/4 about two race leaders and 9/4 about just one. Based on stats and the prices, we very much like the two leaders scenario.
Recommended British GP Bets
- 20 Classified Finishers - 11/2 at bet365
- Lando Norris Top-Six Finish - 6/4 at bet365
- Alex Albon Top-10 Finish - 8/5 at BetUK
- Two Race Leaders - 6/4 at bet365
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.