The Formula 1 action continues this weekend, as the battle on track resumes in Barcelona. The Spanish Grand Prix takes place just seven days after a dramatic renewal of the Monaco Grand Prix, but the same questions remain.
Red Bull’s dominance continued on the streets of Monaco, as Max Verstappen extended his championship lead. But, can any team get close to Red Bull enough to challenge for a victory this weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya?
Spanish Grand Prix Odds
There are no prizes for guessing that Max Verstappen heads the BetXchange betting for the race this weekend. The reigning world champion is currently a 7/20 shot to land victory in Barcelona, with Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez the second choice in the betting at 3/1.
Fernando Alonso enjoyed an excellent race in Monaco, and he is a 10/1 chance for victory this weekend. There is a huge jump in the odds to the fourth favourite, with Charles Leclerc available at 28/1. Meanwhile, both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are available at 33/1. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz is 40/1, while Lance Stroll is the first of the massive outsiders this weekend at 100/1.
The Spanish Grand Prix is staged at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and it will see drivers complete a total of 307.104km. A total of 66 laps are completed of the 4.665km circuit, with drivers having to navigate 14 corners in total. There are two DRS Zones available for overtaking, with the first located between corners eight and nine, and the final zone found just before the final corner coming into the home straight.
The lap record is still held by Daniel Ricciardo, who completed a circuit in 1:18.441 in 2018. Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher are tied for the most race wins in the history of the race with six apiece.
It looks extremely challenging to overlook the Red Bull dominance this season when examining the key win contenders this weekend. The constructor has claimed victories in all six races this season, with Verstappen claiming wins on four occasions.
The Dutchman finished over 20 seconds clear of the field in Monaco last weekend, as he landed a second straight race win. It was far more challenging for his teammate in Monaco, as Perez finished outside of the points and was lapped by his teammate on two occasions.
Fernando Alonso may have been closer to winning the race had Aston Martin pitted for wet tyres when the rain began to come down, but a second-place finish still represented an excellent weekend. That means that Alonso has now finished on the podium in five of the six races this season.
It was a difficult weekend for Ferrari, with Leclerc taking sixth and Sainz finishing eighth. Both finished behind the Mercedes pair of Hamilton and Russell, as the upgrades look to have made them more competitive. However, this weekend will be able to offer fresh insight into how much more competitive Mercedes will be as the season progresses.
Spanish Grand Prix Predictions
Verstappen looks to be the standout bet to win the race, but the initial signs following the Mercedes upgrade were encouraging. Therefore, we could see Hamilton claiming a finish on the podium. An outside bet will also be made on Yuki Tsunoda finishing in the points, as he has already achieved two top finishes in six starts this season, and is driving to a very high standard.
Points Finish: Yuki Tsunoda at 23/10 with BetXchange.