The Bahrain Grand Prix did not disappoint to kick off the Formula 1 season. It was an amazing weekend of racing that ended with a lot of surprises. The top two spots were taken by Team Ferrari behind Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. These two will be some of the favorites for Sunday’s Saudi Arabia GP F1.
Red Bull was left off the podium with both their drivers unable to finish the race. Team Haas has more points than Red Bull heading into the Saudi Arabia GP F1, which is sad to say considering the team did not score a single point in 2021.
The Saudi Arabia GP F1 is scheduled for Sunday at 1:00 PM ET at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit. This is a night race in Saudi Arabia and the second Formula 1 race at the venue. Charles Leclerc sits at the front of the Saudi Arabia GP odds as the favorite at +130. He is followed by Max Verstappen in the F1 betting odds at +150.
The Jeddah Corniche Circuit is one of the most exciting venues on the Formula 1 calendar. It’s great for Formula 1 betting because if a driver gets in front, they have a terrific chance of maintaining their lead. Lewis Hamilton won the first race at the track, but I do not expect him to be a much of a factor on Sunday.
Hamilton is coming off a third-place finish for Mercedes and is regarded as the best driver in the world. The seven-time world champion finished third with a bad car last week. He said his car is still a major issue, and it’s going to take Mercedes more time to fix the issue.
Hamilton finished third, but this was because both Red Bull drivers could not finish the race. This was unaccepted considering Max Verstappen, the reigning champion was favored to take the top spot. The team did not drive well or perform in the garage, which led to their downfall.
Jeddah Corniche is a temporary street circuit that spans 6.174 km. There is a total of 50 laps, and it’s a very fast circuit. There are 27 corners on the track, but many of them are fast. This helps the drivers maintain their speed throughout the race. If you bet Hamilton in your Grand Prix betting last year in Saudi Arabia, you won money as he set the course record with 1:30:734.
The Red Bull drivers are too good to be left off the podium again. I do not think Mercedes will be a factor that will open up the door for Red Bull and Ferrari to dominate. Great drivers and teams are able to bounce back after a bad week.
Verstappen is a champion for a reason in the sport, and I think he will prove this on Sunday with a victory. It would not be surprising to see Perez podium for Red Bull. However, a Ferrari car will likely be on the podium based on their speed.