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Spanish Grand Prix F1 Betting Tips & Predictions – Verstappen to end Hamilton’s winning streak

Dave Kuzio /

Defending F1 champion Max Verstappen will be looking to make it three wins in succession when he takes to the track at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.

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Lewis Hamilton has won the last five races at the Spanish Grand Prix, but I cannot see him taking it to six.

The Mercedes driver seems more interested in getting involved with Premier League football side Chelsea than finding out why his car is performing like a second-hand Fiat Punto.

The former world champion has yet to win a race in the 2022 campaign. He sits down in sixth position with just 36 points and is being outperformed by team-mate George Russell.

Defending champion Max Verstappen is finding his form once again. He has won the last two races in Miami and Imola and has won three of the first five races of the season.

He is in second place on the league standings despite having more victories than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. The Monaco-born driver has two wins to his name, but he has only failed to finish on the podium in one race this season and that was in Imola.

The battle to win the Spanish Grand Prix will definitely be between Verstappen and Leclerc, and I am backing the Red Bull racer to show his champion class by taking the chequered flag and put him in pole position to win back-to-back world titles.

Getting back to Mercedes, Hamilton might be struggling but fellow Brit Russell is loving his time at his new team. He has yet to win a race, but he claimed his first podium of the campaign at the Australian Grand Prix.

I expect him to push Verstappen and Leclerc all the way in Spain and get back on the podium alongside the leading two. Russell will keep both Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz Jnr at arm’s length and boost his chances of a top-three finish overall this season.

Circuit Guide

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was first opened back in 1991 and that same year it hosted the Spanish Grand Prix for the first time. It has hosted this race ever since and it also serves as the track for winter testing, meaning drivers and teams are very familiar with the track. Since it was first opened the course has undergone alterations and the 2.892-mile track now features one of the longest straights in Formula 1 as well as a variety of different corners that can prove to be challenging when conditions are windy. Lewis Hamilton made it five wins in succession at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2021 to take his victory tally in Catalunya to six. That win saw him go level with Michael Schumacher for the most wins at this track. He will need to improve his car if he is ever going to take that record on his own.

Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Number of Laps: 66
Lap Length: 2.892 miles
Lap Record: Max Verstappen, 1 minute, 18.149 (2021)

Spanish Grand Prix Winners

YEAR WINNER TEAM CIRCUIT
1913 Carlos de Salamanca Rolls-Royce Guadarrama
1923 Alberto Divo Sunbeam Sitges-Terramar
1926 Bartolomeo Costantini Bugatti Lasarte
1927 Robert Benoist Delage Lasarte
1928 Louis Chiron Bugatti Lasarte
1929 Louis Chiron Bugatti Lasarte
1933 Louis Chiron Alfa Romeo Lasarte
1934 Luigi Fagioli Mercedes-Benz Lasarte
1935 Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz Lasarte
1951 Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Pedralbes
1954 Mike Hawthorn Ferrari Pedralbes
1967 Jim Clark Lotus-Cosworth Jarama
1968 Graham Hill Lotus-Ford Jarama
1969 Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford Montjuic
1970 Jackie Stewart March-Ford Jarama
1971 Jackie Stewart Tyrell-Ford Montjuic
1972 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Jarama
1973 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Montjuic
1974 Niki Lauda Ferrara Jarama
1975 Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford Jarama
1976 James Hunt McLaren-Ford Jarama
1977 Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Jarama
1978 Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Jarama
1979 Patrick Depailler Ligier-Ford Jarama
1980 Alan Jones Williams-Ford Jarama
1981 Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari Jarama
1986 Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault Jerez
1987 Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Jerez
1988 Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Jerez
1989 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Jerez
1990 Alain Prost Ferrari Jerez
1991 Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Catalunya
1992 Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Catalunya
1993 Alain Prost Williams-Renault Catalunya
1994 Damon Hill Williams-Renault Catalunya
1995 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Catalunya
1996 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Catalunya
1997 Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Catalunya
1998 Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes Catalunya
1999 Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes Catalunya
2000 Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes Catalunya
2001 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Catalunya
2002 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Catalunya
2003 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Catalunya
2004 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Catalunya
2005 Kimi Raikkonen McLaren Catalunya
2006 Fernando Alonso Renault Catalunya
2007 Felipe Massa Ferrari Catalunya
2008 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Catalunya
2009 Jenson Button Brawn Catalunya
2010 Mark Webber Red Bull Catalunya
2011 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Catalunya
2012 Pastor Maldonado Williams Catalunya
2013 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Catalunya
2014 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Catalunya
2015 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Catalunya
2016 Max Verstappen Red Bull Catalunya
2017 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Catalunya
2018 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Catalunya
2019 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Catalunya
2020 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Catalunya
2021 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Catalunya

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