Lewis Hamilton made winning at San Marino look easy. His victory in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix gave Mercedes the Constructors Championship for 2020. That’s the seventh time in a row. That’s why the 2021 F1 betting odds at online sportsbook sites in the UK like Bet365 are unlikely to sway much. Even if Lewis Hamilton muses aloud he might quit F1. He won’t. He’s just trolling. But is he preparing the shred the hopes of his opponents or fleece the pockets of Mercedes?
“I don’t even know if I’m going to be here next year.” Said Lewis Hamilton nonchalantly. He might not have termed it as a bombshell, but bombshell it was. With Lewis Hamilton out of F1, many drivers doomed to 2nd place at best could find themselves winners. Suddenly a bet on Max Verstappen would make far more sense. The odds on Valtteri Bottas would be infinitely lower. But once the shock had worn off the 2021 F1 betting odds steadied themselves again. This was trolling.
No one can imagine Hamilton quitting F1 to concentrate, as he put it, on “family and those sort of things.” It’s unthinkable. A bet on Lewis Hamilton to quit F1 would be the most bizarre bet on sports in the UK ever. So what’s going on? Well, it could just be he’s playing mind games with the rest of the grid. He builds up their hopes now that they might face a season without him, only to bounce back into view anyway. It could crush a few souls if he times it right. Especially Max’s.
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This would be quite mean-spirited, but not beyond the realms of possibility. Mercedes will do anything to get an edge, and their easy win this year will have irked Ferrari. Ferrari would love to see the back of Hamilton. The odds on Ferrari drivers would bounce up instantly. But it’s a bit too good to be true. So it isn’t. If Hamilton stays then you can bet on Mercedes having to pay the price. Whatever price Lewis fancies. The 2021 F1 betting odds will definitely favor him. They know that.
Turkish Grand Prix Odds
- Anyone Else – 150/1+
- Pierre Gasly – 100/1
- Alexander Albon – 100/1
- Charles Leclerc – 80/1
- Daniel Ricciardo – 66/1
- Sergio Perez – 66/1
- Max Verstappen – 5/1
- Valtteri Bottas – 7/2
- Lewis Hamilton – 2/5
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Hamilton threatening to leave means if Mercedes wishes to guarantee another winning season they’ll have to pay for it. Lewis has been financially very sharp in the past when negotiating his remuneration. So, this could just be part of a strategy to get paid more. After all, you can bet on Red Bull or Ferrari to be willing to pay whatever he wishes to lure him away. But as those who regularly take advantage of UK gambling laws at Bet365 know only too well, Mercedes is faster.
Is Lewis Playing With F1’s Hopes And Fears?
Would Lewis Hamilton leave Mercedes to join a slower team? Of course not. But staying at Mercedes might not be as attractive next year. Toto Wolff will remain with the team but not as a boss. Lewis and he joined the team together. Perhaps the next guy in those shoes isn’t someone Lewis wishes to drive for. That really would set the 2021 F1 betting odds adrift. There are plenty of options for Lewis outside F1. Would he like to drive in the Le Mans 24hr race? You bet he would.
“I would like to be here next year, but there is no guarantee.”
- Lewis Hamilton
He’s the most successful F1 driver in history. So, his next aim could be wider. Le Mans would be one goal, the Indy 500 the other. You can’t believe Lewis doesn’t want the Triple Crown of motorsport in his trophy cabinet come retirement. Will he choose to pursue either right now? Before his 100th win? I doubt it. That’s why the 2021 F1 betting odds are going to still feature him first at online betting sites in the UK like Bet365. He’s not going anywhere just yet.
We take a look at what would happen to the 2021 F1 betting odds if Lewis Hamilton really decided to leave Mercedes.