The F1 takes a trip after a two week break to France for the French Grand Prix live from Le Castellet, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur for the 12th race of this tremendous season.
Last time out in Austria it was Charles Leclerc who picked up his first win since the opening Grand Prix of the season, as he pipped Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton to pole position to move back into second place in the Driver’s Championship standings.
We’ll take a look ahead to the next race and provide you with our best free betting picks for the event to see if we can earn you some extra cash for the summer.
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Only three drivers on the grid will have ever won this race before when the lights go green, and Verstappen is not only one of them but he’s the most recent – finishing first last year ahead of Hamilton and Sergio Perez on the podium.
Last time out in Austria though was the first time in a while that he hasn’t been the fastest driver in the race, and Ferrari took advantage by overtaking him three times to claim the victory.
Despite that though, his and Red Bull’s dominance this season has seen him installed as the pre-race favorite once again. He will be super keen to continue that fine form and on a track he knows well he’s got every chance.
At plus money with the bookies, Verstappen is definitely worth a punt and has earned his status as favorite. Take advantage while you can.
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Only three drivers have claimed victory in a grand prix this season, and Leclerc sits in second place for the most victories so far behind Verstappen.
His performance in the F1 Austrian GP was superb as he was the fastest car and also took control of a race that was literally made for Verstappen’s superior car and driving skills considering his previous successes on the track.
This is another high speed track that on paper would suit the Red Bull more than the Ferrari, but he will have plenty of confidence in his driving abilities after the last race.
If he could claim another upset win in France then it would really set the F1 Driver’s Championship race off to a flyer as he’d close the gap down massively from it’s current 38 point status and set up an explosive end to the season.
Fresh off winning his first ever Grand Prix at Silverstone in the United Kingdom, Sainz was brought back down to reality in Austria as his car was engulfed in flames and he barely escaped unharmed.
In 11 races so far this season Sainz has retired from four and finished inside the top four in each of the other seven, so will be keen to continue that run here in the hope he gets another good finish.
With Ferrari looking to gain ground on Red Bull, the likelihood of Sainz claiming victory in a second race out of three is unlikely. But alongside Leclerc, they could apply serious pressure and push for a potential one-two.
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A thrilling race saw Perez claim the runners-up spot in the United Kingdom Grand Prix two weekends ago and move to second in the standings of the Driver’s championship behind his teammate Verstappen.
But a DNF in Austria means he’s fallen behind Leclerc again and is back to competing to help his teammate win the title
He is performing brilliantly well and driving with his head on a swivel, making all the right decisions at the right times and being rewarded for it currently.
Red Bull have a brilliant chance to claim victory in France and if you fancy the Spaniard to claim it ahead of his Dutch teammate then the price is excellent.
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes continue to have tantalizing moments in recent weeks. After both Hamilton and George Russell crashed out of qualifying in Austria, the duo recovered well to finish third (Hamilton) and fourth (Russell) to take the most team points, with Hamilton claiming a third consecutive podium finish.
With an improving car, a strong top speed, and recent strong performances at purpose-built circuits, Mercedes and Hamilton should prove competitive again in France.
He is still yet to win a race this season, extending this poor record for the longest he’s ever gone without a F1 grand prix victory, but having won the race on two of the last three occasions that it ran this could be the one.