Brazilian Grand Prix betting tips: Hamilton playing catch-up
Preview and odds for Sunday’s race
Max Verstappen is within touching distance of a first Formula One drivers’ championship after a dominant display in Mexico and will hope to tighten his grip at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Red Bull’s machinery thrived in the high-altitude conditions of Mexico City and, despite a shock Mercedes front-row lock out in qualifying, Verstappen stormed from third to first at the opening corner and never looked back.
Victory extended his title lead over Lewis Hamilton to 19 points, with the only solace for the seven-time world champion that he managed to hold off the Dutchman’s charging team-mate Sergio Perez who was roared on by a passionate home crowd.
Red Bull relish the thin air
Interlagos is another race at altitude and is expected to be another race which gives the Red Bull the edge over Mercedes.
Verstappen won in Sao Paulo the last time the race was held in 2019 and his team will see this race as another opportunity to seal a third successive win and pile the pressure further onto Hamilton, who has won only once since the sport’s summer break.
The Dutchman won by over 16 seconds in Mexico and anyone to claim a winning margin of over 11 seconds this weekend is priced at 6/5.
With concluding races in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi expected to suit Mercedes better, Red Bull will be determined to seize any advantage they have in Brazil and will hope Perez can continue to play his part in the constructors’ title race, with just one point currently separating the top two.
The Mexican delighted his home crowd by appearing on the podium – the third successive race in which he has finished third – and Red Bull can be backed at 13/10 in Brazilian Grand Prix betting tips to secure another double podium and take the lead from Mercedes.
Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who took pole in Mexico before enduring a string of mishaps, is 11/10 to climb the podium.
Harmonious Ferrari hold edge on McLaren
There was a brief moment of tension between Ferrari pair Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in Mexico as the Spaniard felt the Monegasque was holding him up.
Eventually Leclerc allowed Sainz through to attack Pierre Gasly but when he was unable to catch the AlphaTauri driver, the Scuderia swapped their drivers round again with Leclerc taking fifth ahead of Sainz.
That represented a healthy 18-point haul for Ferrari in their constructors’ battle with McLaren as the British team claimed just one point.
Lando Norris finished ninth after a grid penalty pushed him down the grid, while Daniel Ricciardo paid the price for a first-lap collision with Bottas to finish outside the points.
All of that means Ferrari are now 13-and-a-half points clear in the race to finish third and they are available at 7/5 for a double top-six finish in Brazil.
Leclerc has finished in the top six in each of his last three races – beating Sainz on each occasion – and is 2/1 to be the winning driver without the big four.
Gasly leads the way for Alpha Tauri
The other battle in the constructors’ table is between AlphaTauri and Alpine, with the pair locked on 106 points.
Gasly sealed an impressive fifth-placed finish in Mexico and is largely carrying his team, with rookie Yuki Tsunoda taking just two points from his last seven races.
Alpine are struggling too, with Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon returning just three points between them from the last three races.
All odds and markets correct at the time of publication