Russian Grand Prix Betting Tips & Predictions

Dave Kuzio:
Russian GP

The Formula One season continues this weekend in Russia, and hopefully, all the talk is about the legitimate action on the track and not illegal manoeuvres.

The Russian Grand Prix takes place at the Sochi Autodrom this weekend, and although we are all intrigued with the title race between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, I’m not sure it will be much of an issue this weekend.

During the last race in Italy, both Verstappen and Hamilton crashed out with the Red Bull driver getting ‘predominantly to blame’. Verstappen has been handed a three-grid penalty for this race, meaning the best place he can start from will be fourth.

His Red Bull team could decide to take this opportunity to fit his car with a new engine, and that will see him forced to the back of the grid. It might be a risk worth taking if they don’t feek he can make an impact during the race.

This will give Lewis Hamilton the chance to re-take the lead at the top of the championship, but I don’t even think he will win in Russia.

I am backing his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to win this race and boost his chances of a top-three finish. I know a lot of politics goes on in Formula One, I just hope Bottas is allowed to be his own man and allowed the opportunity to win this race without helping out his team-mate’.

We have seen drivers ordered to let a team-mate through to win if they are pushing for the title. I really hope they don’t do that to Bottas. It would be a mockery of the sport and undermines any form of competitive spirit.

I am backing Bottas to win the race for the second year in succession, but I expect Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo to end up with a podium finish. Mercedes own this track with their drivers winning every race since it was brought back in 2014.

Russian Grand Prix Betting Tips & Predictions: Circuit Guide

The Russian Grand Prix is one of the newer races on the Formula 1 calendar, having ended a 100-year absence when it returned in 2014. The Sochi International Street Circuit – now known as the Sochi Autodrom – was opened in September 2014 and it is the third-longest circuit behind Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone. A street track that runs around the complex where the 2014 Winter Olympics took place, the Sochi Autodrom and is one of the most demanding tracks the drivers will face during the season thanks to a string of corners – one single mistake could prove costly. Lewis Hamilton is the most successful driver at the circuit having won the Russian Grand Prix in four of the last seven seasons, while there has never been a non-Mercedes winner since the race returned because Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas – the other Mercedes drivers – took the chequered flag in 2016, 2017 and 2020.

Location: Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia
Number of Laps: 53
Lap Length: 3.634 miles
Lap Record: Lewis Hamilton, 1 minute 35.761 seconds (2019)

Russian Grand Prix Betting Tips & Predictions: Previous Winners

YEAR DRIVER TEAM CIRCUIT
1913 Georgy Suvorin Benz St Petersburg
1914 Willy Scholl Benz St Petersburg
2014 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Sochi Autodrom
2015 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Sochi Autodrom
2016 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Sochi Autodrom
2017 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Sochi Autodrom
2018 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Sochi Autodrom
2019 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Sochi Autodrom
2020 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Sochi Autodrom

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