Odds On The 2021 French Grand Prix At Risk From The Rubber

  • Max Verstappen Holds Narrow Lead In Title Race After Baku
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  • Mercedes Magic Leaves Lewis Out In The Cold In Azerbaijan
Odds On The 2021 French Grand Prix
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The odds on the 2021 French Grand Prix imply it’s a two horse race. Naturally, one can take that with a pinch of salt after Baku. Neither of the realistic title contenders finished in the points. Now anyone who regularly puts a bet on sports in France will tell you Baku is special. It’s a street circuit and those are different. At Paul Ricard, they claim, normality will resume. But will it? The tires let some cars down in Azerbaijan, and on the long straights near Marseille they may do so again. 

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Pirelli have a few questions to answer. With no warning Red Bull found Max Verstappen trying to drive a three-wheeler far too quickly. Of course, you can bet on Red Bull taking some comfort from the fact Perez went on to win, but….Still. Lance Stroll had the same problem. That’s quite worrying. Paul Ricard, much like Baku, is just a drag strip with some curly pieces to either end. So whilst the odds on the 2021 French Grand Prix favor Max and Lewis, they may just not win.

Certainly, Lewis had no issues with his tires, per se, just with how his car worked. Most people watching the stupidly late restart (2 laps to go? Really FIA? Really?) would have bet on Lewis Hamilton to canter to a win. Instead of which he galloped towards a corner and simply didn’t turn for it. At all. He sped off the track in a rare driver error. Sure his odds on the 2021 French Grand Prix haven’t shifted, but online betting sites in France like Bet365 have to be a little worried.

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You can bet on Mercedes writing off the mistake. Unless it happens again. F1 drivers go off the boil very rapidly. So they’ll be watching, as will all the online bookies in France. The odds on the 2021 French Grand Prix could change fast if Hamilton makes any more little errors. Mercedes are very good at pretending they’re not under pressure, but the reality is they don’t want to lose. Not to Red Bull. Not to Max. The odds on Max Verstappen are far too close for comfort for Toto.

French Grand Prix Odds

  • Anyone Else – 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
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After Baku Toto Wolff had a bit of a pop at the team for their “unacceptable” performance. Odds on Mercedes doing better in France are good. Certainly, it would be hard to do worse. For Red Bull, however the challenge is to get a psychologically victorious 1-2 finish. Perez getting a win in Azerbaijan will help that along, but his odds on the 2021 French Grand Prix at online sportsbook sites in France are nothing to write home about. He barely gets 10/1 to get the win.

Odds On The 2021 French Grand Prix
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Tires Now A Concern For All F1 Teams After Baku Failures

Fortunately, the odds on the 2021 French Grand Prix could be entirely erroneous. At least if once again tires are going to give out almost at random. Despite winning here the last two races Mercedes can’t count their chickens. They’ll bet on Max Verstappen having trouble keeping up speed and down tire wear. Sure, he’ll probably have a bit of an advantage because of the Flexi-wing thing, but even so. None of the teams will find this a picnic. Pirelli saw to that in Baku.

“You have to take a weekend like this on the chin.”

  • Toto Wolff – Mercedes F1 Boss

So whilst the odds on Lewis Hamilton edge ahead of the odds on Red Bull, this isn’t going to be a two-car race. Indeed perhaps a better bet on the 2021 French Grand Prix is to back Lando Norris getting a podium. At 28/1 that’s quite tempting. Likewise, the Aston Martin’s speed could see Sebastian Vettel get another place. Anyone thinking of taking advantage of French gambling laws to take up odds on the 2021 French Grand Prix should consider that. He’s 200/1 to win, and even each way that’s an earner.             

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We take a look at why the odds on the 2021 French Grand Prix could only be as valid as the tires are solid come the race at Paul Ricard.

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