Qatar Grand Prix betting tips: Title race going down to the wire
Preview and odds for Sunday’s race
Lewis Hamilton’s dramatic victory in Brazil has reignited the title race with Max Verstappen ahead of the Qatar Grand Prix.
The British driver was demoted to the back of the grid for the ‘Sprint Qualifying’, having finished fastest in regular qualifying, over a technical infringement on the rear wing of his Mercedes car.
But that car showed supreme straight-line speed to line up 10th on the grid for the race – following a separate five-place penalty for an engine change – and he cruised through the field and past Verstappen to claim victory.
His coming together with Verstappen, where both ran wide, remains a topic of discussion but Hamilton is now 14 points adrift of the Dutchman with three races of the season to go.
Both are 5/6 to win the title as we look at some Qatar Grand Prix betting tips.
Mercedes speed too much for Red Bull
With a brand new engine, Hamilton’s Mercedes carried remarkable speed and was unstoppable around Interlagos.
Brazil was expected to be a track which suited Verstappen and Red Bull but Mercedes turned the tables and are set to finish the season on circuits which ought to favour them.
The speed Mercedes showed in Brazil will surely have concerned Christian Horner and the Red Bull pit wall, who know that simply finishing second in the remaining races will not be enough to seal Verstappen the title.
Valtteri Bottas has started on pole in three of the last four races and is 5/1 to put his Mercedes at the front of the grid again in Qatar.
The Finn, who is leaving Mercedes at the end of the season, was too strong for Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez at Interlagos. Mercedes are 11/10 to secure another double podium this weekend.
Bottas is also priced at 8/11 to finish ahead of Perez in Qatar Grand Prix betting tips.
Last chance for McLaren
Ferrari’s form since their mid-season power unit upgrade has seen them take charge of the battle to finish as ‘best of the rest’ behind Mercedes and Red Bull.
The Scuderia finished fifth and sixth for the second consecutive race in Brazil and have had at least one driver in the top five in each of the past seven races.
That has seen them overhaul McLaren to hold a 31.5-point lead in the race for third in the constructors’ championship and the British team need a big performance in Qatar to stay in the hunt.
An interesting option is Hamilton to win, with Ferrari and McLaren to achieve a double points finish at 5/2.
All odds and markets correct at the time of publication