Betting Preview for the 2020 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix
The 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix goes down this Sunday, November 29, at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.
The race marks the next stage of the 2020 championship, which has already been decided. Lewis Hamilton has clinched a record-equaling 7th title, while Mercedes have won the Constructors’ title for the seventh year in a row.
But who takes the checkered flag in Bahrain? I’ll be hitting you with some Bahrain Grand Prix betting tips and a little breakdown of who to look at when choosing your wagers for the race.
Before we get to all of that, let’s check out the latest odds for the 2020 Bahrain GP.
2020 Bahrain Grand Prix Odds
The odds above come courtesy of MyBookie. Keep in mind that the odds are subject to change.
What is highly unlikely to change, however, is the favorite for this race. Lewis Hamilton (-275) is expected to keep his stellar run going. A run that has seen him scoop the last four Grands Prix.
Hamilton clinched the championship, the seventh of his career, in an awesome exhibition of style and poise in Turkey a fortnight ago. If there is any question over the Brit’s hunger, it will surely be answered this Sunday.
Valtteri Bottas (+350) has been in good form this season.
Mercedes’ number two has picked up two wins as well as five runner-up finishes and three third places. Of course, the Finn would have preferred to bag a couple of more wins in 2020, but I expect that he will challenge in Bahrain.
If there is a race that Bottas could shine in before the end of the season, I believe this could be it.
Max Verstappen (+600) has just one victory in 2020.
The Red Bull maestro has not come close to catching Hamilton, which is a little disappointing given how sharp he looked at the start of the season. You could say that things haven’t really gone his way, however.
A great driver may make their own luck, but engine problems, as well as a few discernable issues in other departments, have held the future world champion back.
Will Verstappen win in Bahrain? Well, the youngster is chasing his first podium in Bahrain since debuting here in 2015.
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo (+6600) has not bettered third place in 2020.
He will see Bahrain as an opportunity to correct that, however, and will be looking to push towards his best result in F1 since clinching the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix.
Finally, we have Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc (+6600).
A torrid season for the Monegasque could be made a little better with a second podium finish. At Bahrain in 2019, the youngster finished third, which followed 12th in an Alfa Romeo the year before.
I don’t fancy Leclerc’s chances of winning this race. But a spot on the podium is certainly not out of the question.
So, let’s take a look at the best bets for the F1 this Sunday.
2020 Bahrain Grand Prix Best Bets
- Winner – Lewis Hamilton (-275)
- Pole – Valtteri Bottas (+225)
- Fastest Lap – Lewis Hamilton (+110)
- Podium – Charles Leclerc (+400)
- Top Six Finish – Alexander Albon (-125)
The odds above are taken from the Betway sportsbook. Feel free to compare these odds with any of the other Bahrain GP prop bets or specials on the best F1 sportsbooks.
As you can see, I’m taking Lewis Hamilton to win the Bahrain Grand Prix (-275).
Hamilton’s odds might not be the greatest you’ve ever seen for the Brit in a race, but is there anyone that can prevent him from picking up yet another win?
Valtteri Bottas is probably the only driver out there capable of consistently pushing him. But I don’t fancy him for the win. No. Instead, I’ll take Bottas at +225 to earn the pole position.
Have a little look over the other bets on the list above, and feel free to add them to your shortlist of betting tips for the 2020 F1 Grand Prix.
So, moving on, allow me to explain why I’m betting Hamilton to win this Sunday.
Why Lewis Hamilton Wins the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2020
Hunger is a very motivating factor in sports.
So, to assume that Lewis Hamilton has pigged out on everything there is to take might lead you down the road of betting on Bottas or Verstappen to win in Bahrain.
After all, the 35-year-old has done what he had set out to do at the start of the season. He has claimed the records — well, not all of them, just the major ones — and can now crack his knuckles, have a good old yawn, and kick back for the final three races of 2020.
It’s just, well, I don’t think that will be the case at all.
There is one more record that Hamilton can claim this season. One more record that was set by Michael Schumacher and later equaled by Sebastian Vettel.
The record in question is the most Grand Prix wins in a single season. Now, back in 2004, Michael Schumacher won 13 races from 18 GPs. An astonishing feat. Then, in 2013, Vettel won 13 from 19 events. If Hamilton can win the remaining races, he will equal that record.
BUT. Here’s where it gets interesting.
Hamilton has ten wins this season. 10 wins from 14 races. That means that, with three races left of the season, there are only 17 Grands Prix in 2020. So, if Hamilton can win 13 races from 17, he will become the driver that has accomplished this merit in the fewest races.
Now, I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a record to keep racing for. When you consider the fact that he is the best driver on the track, by some distance, I think you will be considered brave for backing against him.
Can Lewis Hamilton win in Bahrain and move towards yet another record in Formula One?
I think so. In fact, I’m getting so used to watching Hamilton take everything there is to win that it’s becoming a little too comfortable. But as long as he has the hunger, who knows where his story will take him.
So, you can choose to get on Hamilton this weekend or back against him. What will it be?
Speaking of this weekend, we have some pretty big sporting events set to take place on the final Saturday and Sunday of November. A couple of big deals are happening early next week, too.
It’s not all about racing, of course, although I will be looking forward to Bahrain with particular interest. But I can’t help getting excited about other events, especially when it comes to betting. Of course, you can always find even more of the latest bets and predictions in our picks section.
Still, I’ll drop a few bonus hints, tips, and bets for these events coming up over the next week or so for you to have a read of.