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Formula 1: Red Bull Ring to host second GP in two weeks

Following the postponement of the Turkish Grand Prix, the Formula 1 field remains in Austria for another crack at the Red Bull Ring this weekend.

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The Formula 1 field remains in Austria this week for another crack at the Red Bull Ring. Max Verstappen tops the betting boards as you'd expect, with Lewis Hamilton available at 2/1.

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Austrian Grand Prix
Sunday 4 July
Red Bull Ring
15:00

To Win Race Outright

Max Verstappen 6/10
Lewis Hamilton 2/1
Sergio Perez 11/1
Valterri Bottas 11/1
Landon Norris 40/1
Charles LeClerc 50/1
Carlos Sainz 100/1

Previous Race

Well, the make-up of the podium was a rather predictable one last weekend with the two Mercedes and Max Verstappen taking the three berths. While last year it was a common sight to see Verstappen behind the two Mercedes, things have changed and Dutchman once again took a win with Hamilton in second and Bottas in third.

Sergio Perez ensured Red Bull would enjoy a good points return as he finished in fourth place ahead of this week’s value bet fancy, Lando Norris, who came home in fifth. The top 6 was rounded out by Carlos Sainz, who pipped teammate Charles LeClerc (seventh) to the final place inside the big 6.

Lance Stroll took eighth place ahead of veteran Fernando Alonso who has been making regular appearances on the ‘Top 10’, while Yuki Tsunoda rounded out the points scoring positions.

Track

Widely regarded as one of the most formidable race tracks in the world during its heydey as the Osterreichring, Austria’s Red Bull Ring has been tamed over the years with Red Bull Racing making a number of changes to it.

It’s a decent-sized track measuring 4.326 kilometres that stretches over 71 laps, consisting of 10 turns. There’s a rather nice straight that runs from Turn One (Niki Lauda Kurcve) and Turn 3 (Remos).

There isn’t a lot of track from the starting line to the first corner (Nike Lauda Kurve) and usually means get a lot of early drama as drivers go full tilt to get a good jump off the grid.

There was a bit of drama last weekend as Pierre Gasly and Charles LeClerc made contact early on, forcing the Frenchman to retire after suffering front suspension damage. 

Other than that, it was plain sailing otherwise. Verstappen was unchallenged at the front while Mercedes benefitted from the undercut this time around as Bottas would hold off Perez to complete the podium. 

To Win Race Outright

Max Verstappen 6/10

You simply cannot look past the Dutch ace here. He’s having his best season ever and has won three times at this track, including last weekend. He’s rather short at 6/10 but should be added to weekend multiples.

Value Bet

Podium Finish – Lando Norris – Yes @ 7/2

I fancy Norris’ chances here. He put in a decent shift last weekend finishing the Steiremark Grand Prix. He also finished third in the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix. I’m backing him to match or better that feat at a tasty 7/2.

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