2020 Formula 1 Predictions: Max Verstappen to Spring Another Surprise at Spanish Grand Prix?

Max Verstappen broke Lewis Hamilton’s foothold on the winners’ podium with his first success of 2020, but he’ll be hard-pressed to keep the defending champion from reclaiming his perch at Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix. Read predictions by the U.S. sportsbooks below.

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Hamilton’s streak of three consecutive Formula 1 wins came to an end after Red Bull’s use of soft tyres helped guide Verstappen to victory at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix last time out. However, keeping Hamilton from the crown at Circuit de Catalunya could be an even stiffer task if the track proves more favorable for Mercedes.

Sugarhouse offers New Jersey customers odds of +350 (4.50) on Verstappen or Valtteri Bottas to win in Barcelona, second only to leader Hamilton, who comes in as a -159 (1.63) favorite. A winner is not expected to come from outside that leading trio, with all other drivers priced at +4000 (41.00) and above to break into the winners’ pack.

2020 Spanish Grand Prix Info

Date: Sunday, August 16

Time: 9:10 a.m. (2:10 BST)

Venue: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

TV Info: ESPN

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2020 Spanish Grand Prix Predictions

Mercedes driver Bottas hasn’t won since the opening day of the season at the Austrian Grand Prix. It was here Hamilton finished fourth after being served a three-place grid penalty, and a similar such punishment may be required to keep the Briton from a fifth Spanish Grand Prix title.

Victory on Sunday would bring Hamilton within one win of matching Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of six titles at the Spanish Grand Prix. Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen is the only other active driver in the field to have won this particular race on more than one occasion.

Verstappen won the Spanish GP in his Formula 1 debut for Red Bull in 2016, but the straights in Catalonia promise to do more for Mercedes, who will be on high alert regarding race management following the last result.

The Dutch dark horse could be worth a punt as part of a parlay bet, but it’s difficult to look past a Hamilton who will be newly motivated to stretch his 30-point lead at the top of the standings.

Prediction: Lewis Hamilton to win 2020 Spanish Grand Prix

2020 Spanish Grand Prix Odds Leaders

  • Lewis Hamilton: -159
  • Valtteri Bottas: +350
  • Max Verstappen: +350
  • Alex Albon: +4000
  • Charles Leclerc: +4000
  • Sergio Perez: +4000
  • Lance Stroll: +5000
  • Lando Norris: +6600
  • Carlos Sainz: +8000
  • Sebastian Vettel: +10000

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