French Grand Prix betting tips: Title rivals look to bounce back
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication