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With the postponed Euro in full swing you can probably bet on the 2021 French Grand Prix going largely unnoticed. Whilst that may worry the FIA, most of the drivers won’t really mind. The Paul Ricard circuit produces dull racing. So, even as online sportsbook sites in France like Bet365 offer up odds on Max Verstappen or a bet on Lewis Hamilton the grid, is looking ahead. However, with a new surface, dodgy tires and fraying nerves, who said either of them will win?
You have to feel a bit for Romain Grosjean, the fireball kid. He was due to return to F1 for some test runs at his home French Grand Prix. Unfortunately due to travel issues that can’t happen now. He’ll find that quite disappointing, I’m sure. Although possibly not as disappointing as the organizers will find it. Even they bet on the 2021 French Grand Prix leaving everyone a tad underwhelmed. They rather hoped Romains return would distract from elephant in the room.
“Not the most exciting track in France.” Was the famous view of Sebastian Vettel. He said that prior to the first return race at the track. The races since proved him correct. Overtaking is all but impossible once things are underway. Of course, the FIA have tried to mitigate this, but that rarely helps. You can bet on the 2021 French Grand Prix failing to provide any real close racing. But that doesn’t mean it’s not an interesting bet on sports in France this weekend for the non-football fans.
Bet On The 2021 French Grand Prix At Bet365
What makes it interesting is the tires. Pirelli looked foolish in Baku. Paul Ricard has high curbs, bibble-strip run off stripes and a new asphalt surface. You can bet on Max Verstappen remembering what the streets of Azerbaijan did to his chances of a win. So that may make him cautious. Unlike his rival. The odds on Lewis Hamilton are the shortest you’ll find for a bet on the 2021 French Grand Prix, but they could mislead. He’s behind and getting desperate to win.
Odds On The 2021 French Grand Prix
- Anyone Else – 150/1+
- Pierre Gasly – 100/1
- Daniel Ricciardo – 66/1
- Carlos Sainz – 66/1
- Charles Leclerc – 33/1
- Lando Norris – 28/1
- Sergio Perez – 10/1
- Valtteri Bottas – 8/1
- Max Verstappen – 11/8
- Lewis Hamilton – 6/5
- See more at bet365…
Lewis was lucky in Baku. Max was out of the race already. He can’t count on that coincidence next time. At “Le Castellet” Lewis big issue is avoiding exceeding the track limits. The stripey run off areas, often cited as more attractive than the racing going on, tempt too many. Pushing to the limit on Pirellis then may make the obvious bet on the 2021 French Grand Prix a waste. Online betting sites in France like Bet365 have perhaps overlooked this in their assessment.
Tires And Stewards May Conspire To Push The Limits
Oh sure you can still bet on Mercedes or Red Bull winning. No problem there. However, you may want to bet on Sergio Perez rather than bet on Red Bull driver number one, Max Verstappen. Both Max and Lewis are going to come under massive scrutiny from the stewards in France. Their interpretations of the track limits and penalties for exceeding them will make or break the race. So, once again, the stewards probably hold your bet on the 2021 French Grand Prix hostage.
“The problem is you can’t get close to a car in front.”
- Nico Hulkenberg following the 2019 French Grand Prix
Lovely. This is a bit of a shame. The odds on Mercedes and the odds on Red Bull are very close, and this should mean a great race. Whether the stewards, or those dodgy tires, let that happen is another matter. Still, if you’re already taking advantage of French gambling laws to back Les Bleus, a bet on the 2021 French Grand Prix might make a nice addition. After all, what are you going to do before the first of the final round of group games goes ahead on Sunday night?
We take a look at why you can still bet on the 2021 French Grand Prix even if the track isn’t the best motor-racing circuit in the world.