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French Grand Prix betting tips: Title rivals look to bounce back

| 17.06.2021

Preview and odds for Sunday’s race

World championship leader Max Verstappen and title holder Lewis Hamilton will both want to put a dismal race in Azerbaijan behind them this weekend as we pick out some potential French Grand Prix betting tips.

Red Bull’s Verstappen went out towards the end of the race while leading because of a tyre issue while driver error cost Hamilton a potential win and a return to the top of the points table when the race restarted with a two-lap dash following Verstappen’s enforced exit in Baku.

Hamilton is 11/10 in the French Grand Prix odds to take the race win for Mercedes while his Dutch rival is priced at 6/4 to stand on the top step of the podium at Circuit Paul Ricard.

Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez benefitted from the title rivals’ woes in Baku to take the race win and he is 8/1 to repeat that in France.

The Baku podium saw a return for Sebastian Vettel with second his best result since moving to Aston Martin. The German multiple champion is 100/1 to go one place better in France and 12/1 to again be on the podium.

Sebastian Vettel

Can Ferrari repeat their Baku pace in France?

There is no doubt the Ferraris were fast in Azerbaijan as Charles Leclerc topped qualifying and team-mate Carlos Sainz was the fifth quickest driver around the street circuit.

That qualifying pace did not translate to a place on the podium in Baku as Leclerc finished fourth and Sainz was eighth.

A home win for Leclerc in France would go down well with the majority of fans and he is 28/1 to do just that or 15/4 to be on the podium, with Sainz priced at 10/1 for a top-three finish.

More reasons to be cheerful for Ocon?

Frenchman Esteban Ocon had reason to celebrate ahead of his home race as he signed a new three-year deal with Alpine, the F1 team also based in France.

The 24-year-old has had a good start to his second season with the team and has, for the most part, put his more illustrious team-mate in the shade by largely getting the better of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso.

Ocon can be backed at 5/1 to celebrate with a top-six finish, with Alonso 4/1 in the same market but a return to the form during his time at Renault, where he won two world titles, looks unlikely.

Will Norris take his first win in France?

Lando Norris has been one of the most consistent performers this season and his form has been rewarded with fourth place in the current F1 World Championship standings.

But for the McLaren driver to take his first race win of the season would mean a special performance from the 21-year-old.

Norris could only finish ninth at the 2019 version of this race when Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas locked out the top two steps on the podium for Mercedes.

Norris is 25/1 to win at Paul Ricard this time around or 11/4 for a podium place, while Bottas is 8/1 to move up one place to the top step of the podium.

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.