The temple of speed once again takes centre stage this weekend as the best race drivers in the world form up to compete who is the fastest. Now, on form, there is only one winner to be had, and that is Max Verstappen, who seems to be in a league of his own. Ferrari are the chasing pack, but they are stumbling on their own feet with one mistake after another, much to the joy of the rest of the grid. The promise that the prancing horse showed in Bahrain has since dissipated to a lacklustre attempt at the Championship. Expectations will be high this weekend, as all around the Monza circuit, a sea of red will greet them as the Tifosi voice their support towards the team and drivers. It was Charles Leclerc in 2019, the last Ferrari driver to take the chequered flag and oh, what he will give up for that to repeat itself.
Join us as we dive into the nighty gritty details of the Italian GP and what we are to expect from the race. Well, drama, of course, but apart from that, LV BET offers some of the best odds on the sport so that you, the player, have the best experience possible.
What can we expect this weekend?
If you form a part of the Tifosi, then you have had a tough time during the season and you might be wondering what else could go wrong this season?. Mattia Binotto admitted that there is something wrong that they need to address in a post race interview last Sunday. Well, having all four tyres ready when a driver is called in for his stop might be a good start. The team principal also hinted that they need to review the packages introduced on the car since the start of the season as that might be the factor hindering them from actually competing with the Red Bulls and Mercedes on a Sunday. So what can we expect this weekend from Ferrari? A qualifying session and race without any weird calls or mistakes and everyone fully focused on the task ahead, winning the grand prix, anything less and it’s curtains on the Championship. LV BET is offering odds of 13/7 (2.85) for a Ferrari to be the winner of qualifying and at 11/2 (6.50) for a Ferrari car to win on Sunday.
For Red Bull is just more of the same, confidence is high, the car is performing in perfect harmony and nothing to change. Christian Horner is one happy man, although the pace of Sergio Perez has fallen off since the start of the season, especially when compared to his teammate’s pace.
Mercedes have shown that they are still within a chance to get a race win this season with a one-two on the cards in the Dutch GP at a certain stage. The car is way more competitive than at the start of the season, and it should provide a solid ground on which to continue improving for next season as well. Qualifying this weekend will be the key to success for Mercedes as the car feels draggy, so it might not be as quick in a straight line when compared to others on the grid. Downforce is expected to be stripped as much as possible to increase the straight-line speed.
Drivers to look out for
As he did in Spa, Alex Albon continues to string some impressive performances, finishing 12th last weekend. Monza has those long straights that will show off the impressive straight-line speed of that Williams. Points finish is priced at 3/2 (2.50) for the Thai driver.
Another driver to look out for is Fernando Alonso, the two-time world Champion who has the longest streak in the points, which has put Alpine in a favourable position when compared to McLaren, who are struggling to get both cars in the points recently. The price for Fernando Alonso to get a top six finish is at 5/7 (1.72)
The Championship leader by a handsome margin, which now stands at over 100 points, is well poised for another win. The Dutch driver got his 30th race victory last weekend, and we are pricing him to get his 31st at 7/20 (1.35). As eluded to in previous GP previews, he looks miles ahead of the competition and you wouldn’t bet against him to continue winning.
Ferrari needs to get back, at the very least putting pressure on Max Verstappen; maybe he might do a rare mistake that might grant them the win. Formula 1 is a very unpredictable sport sometimes, and a lot can happen during a race. Charles is more than capable on sticking it on pole, but it’s the ability to convert that pace and potential into points on a Sunday that he and his team are struggling with. We are pricing Charles Leclerc to win in Monza at 6/1 (7.00)
His team gambled away a decent finishing position for a chance to win the race, something that Sir Lewis was frustrated about once Max breezed past him on brand new softs. Mercedes are well equipped to do vital calls as a team but it was George that made the good call in Zandvoort that awarded him second place in the race. We still have Lewis Hamilton as the favourite Mercedes driver to win next Sunday at 9/1 (10.00)
Top 3 finishers
Carlos Sainz was left hanging in the pits when his pit crew forgot to bring his left front tyre, costing him a podium finish. Despite that he still managed to recover to a decent position but a five-second penalty demoted him to eighth to make things even worse. We are pricing a podium finish for Carlos at 2/1 (3.00), whilst George Russell, who has made a habit of popping up on the podium for Mercedes, is at 11/8 (2.37) to repeat it.
LV BET is offering you the chance to place some hot bets on teams betting:
- Red Bull, to be the winning car, is priced at 2/7 (1.28)
- Mercedes, to be one pole position, is priced at 12/1 (13.00)
- McLaren, to have both cars finish in the points at 7/4 (2.75)
Practice 1 – Friday, 9th September 2022, 14:00 – 15:00
Practice 2 – Friday, 9th September 2022, 17:00 – 18:00
Practice 3 – Saturday, 10th September 2022, 13:00 – 14:00
Qualifying – Saturday, 10th September 2022, 16:00 – 17:00
Race – Sunday, 11th September 2022, 15:00 – 17:00
Times displayed are track times.
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