This is shaping up to be one of the most exciting Formula 1 seasons that we have seen in quite some time. We have grown so accustomed to seeing Lewis Hamilton wrap up the title early that we have forgotten what an exciting championship battle looks like. We are getting it this year, though, with Hamilton and Max Verstappen taking turns atop the driver standings. It is the Dutchman who is there now, but the lead is just 3 points, which is about as tight as it gets. It was definitely good to see a good race in the Netherlands last weekend after the debacle that was the Belgian Grand Prix. Verstappen moved back to the top, but will he stay there? This weekend, the drivers will be in Italy to tackle the famed Monza track. Who will come out on top in the 2021 Italian Grand Prix? Let’s try to find that out so you can bet against their Formula 1 odds.
Formula 1 Betting Analysis for the Heineken Gran Premio D’italia 2021 Race
Lewis Hamilton (+100)
A lot of F1 fans believed that Hamilton would come out and dominate again on his way to a record-setting 8th World Championship. While there have been times when he has looked great, he has, more often than not, been forced to play second fiddle to Verstappen. Over the coming weeks, we are going to get to see what the champion is made of and just how badly he wants that world record. It may now be 3 races since his last win this season, but I would never count him out of any race. Hamilton is just that good. He does have wins at previous Italian Gran Prix races, but not in the last 2 years. In fact, he had one of his worst runs of the season in Italy last season, finishing 7th in that one.
Max Verstappen (+110)
While the final outcome of the Belgian Grand Prix was all about the weather and nothing to do with any driver, Verstappen still took some heat for getting a win in a race where only a few laps were actually completed. If that bothered him, he certainly didn’t show it, as he proved that he deserves to be on top of the driver standings with a brilliant run in his home country. His win in the Dutch Grand Prix was the 7th of the season for Verstappen, which is an absolutely brilliant record. Like Hamilton, though, Verstappen does not have the best record in Italy. He was forced to retire last season and finished 8th the season before that.
The Best of the Rest
This is a race that has delivered a surprise winner in each of the past 2 seasons. In 2020, it was Pierre Gasly that got the win, with Charles Leclerc winning it in 2019. If you fancy either of those guys to win it again, you have some great odds to choose from. Leclerc is currently sitting at +5000, while Gasly is in at +10000. Saying that they are longshots is putting things rather mildly.
It might be worth taking a look at Valtteri Bottas (+1100) this weekend. While he doesn’t have a win in this race, he has been one of the more consistent drivers. He doesn’t have a win this season, but he has been on the podium on 7 different occasions.