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Yes, they’re back. The posh boys in fireproof romper-suits and over engineered go-karts have returned once again. We got a glimpse of what’s to come as the F1 teams met up in Bahrain for some pre-season testing. Of course, all eyes are on Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, the dominant force these last seven years. Mercedes didn’t have fun in Bahrain. Not that it changed anything. Online sportsbook sites in the UK like Bet365 still have them as favorites in the 2021 Formula One odds.
“They’re going to be a different animal this year.” Said Lewis Hamilton in faint-praise of his rivals at Red Bull. He does this before every season. Partly because it keeps the fans interested, but mostly because he’d look really smug if he didn’t. Red Bull did have a good run at testing in Bahrain, Mercedes less so. Lewis himself didn’t manage a day without going for a spin in the now apparently quite slippery Mercedes. Not that it shifted his 2021 Formula One odds much.
Little will. Mercedes have been on top so long it’s hard to imagine them anywhere else. Red Bull, of course, have a dream. They put in a great showing during testing. Some long-haul runs from both drivers demonstrated they may finally have the reliability to challenge for the title. Just a pity they probably still don’t have the speed. Still, they did enough for online betting sites in the UK to give a bet on Max Verstappen winning the season a 3/1 price. Those are quite good 2021 Formula One odds.
The 2021 Formula One Odds Still Favour Hamilton
Of course, Hamilton gets top spot with 4/9 2021 Formula One odds at most online bookies in the UK. His spinning off in testing means as much as his statements to the press. Mercedes let you see what they want you to see. Just ask George Russell. Red Bull won’t get their hopes up. They know better. Most people will still bet on Lewis Hamilton to win the championship. Especially as Ferrari are stuck in the malaise of awaiting the “big changes” that were put on hold in 2020.
2021 F1 Drivers Championship Odds
- Anyone Else – 100/1+
- Fernando Alonso – 80/1
- George Russell – 66/1
- Lando Norris – 66/1
- Charles Leclerc – 50/1
- Daniel Ricciardo – 40/1
- Sergio Perez – 16/1
- Valtteri Bottas – 12/1
- Max Verstappen – 3/1
- Lewis Hamilton – 4/9
- See more at bet365…
You can bet on Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr being a little angry about that. However patience is a virtue, and those changes will come. Whether that means you can bet on Ferrari being competitive again is anyone’s guess. Just don’t bet on Mercedes to show them any mercy. They don’t have any. That’s why at 2/7 to win the constructors championship the silver arrows don’t make a particularly great bet on sports in the UK. There are better wagers at Bet365 than that.
Pre-Season Testing Tells Us Little Ahead Of New Season
Among the 2021 Formula One odds lurks more fun than you might imagine once we get down to actual races. Pre-season testing is notorious for being indicative of nothing in particular save the cars having wheels and engines. But individual races allow you to bet on F1 in a myriad of ways. So, don’t write this season off as another Mercedes led parade. There’s opportunity in them thar grids. From the first retirees to the fastest lap setter, there’s more to this than just Lewis winning.
F1 Constructors Championship Odds
- Alfa Romeo – 2000/1
- Haas – 2000/1
- Williams – 2000/1
- Alpha Tauri – 500/1
- Alpine – 100/1
- Aston Martin – 80/1
- Ferrari – 28/1
- McLaren – 25/1
- Red Bull – 11/4
- Mercedes – 2/7
So, if you’re willing to take advantage of UK gambling laws to check out the 2021 Formula One odds at Bet365, you’re bound to find a wager to suit you. Just don’t bet on Red Bull winning and you’ll be fine. Although that is the sort of statement which reminds us pre-season testing was tinged with sadness. Murray Walker, the eternal voice of F1 on television in the UK, passed away at the age of 97. His commentary was legendary, his enthusiasm and love for the sport manifest in every moment. He will be missed.
We take a look at the 2021 Formula One odds after pre-season testing in Bahrain and notice they’ve not really changed much.