Free tips Formula One Betting Tips: French Grand Prix Predictions & Preview
New French Venue Could be a Minefield
We are in to the eighth race of the 2018 Formula One race calendar already.
Just one point currently separates Sebastian Vettel (121) and Lewis Hamilton (120) in the Driver’s Championship with Valterri Bottas in third (86 points) and Daniel Ricciardo (80) in fourth. Bottas has not yet won a race, Vettel has claimed three, Hamilton and Ricciardo one apiece.
But all of that form may count for little when this weekend’s practice sessions start at France’ Circuit Paul Ricard as this venue has not staged a Formula 1 race since 1990 and teams will have no real idea about the demands the track will have on its cars or tyres.
The track looks to have its inference on speed, meaning the Red Bull cars may be third best come Sunday’s race but in every race where both Red Bull cars have finished in 2018 the team have come away with something. That’s a fastest lap, or a race win, or both. We are expecting more of the same.
Don’t want to put a dampener on it before it’s started but doesn’t look like there’s an overtaking spot on the French Grand Prix track. Got to be a concern the braking zones into Turns One and Eight are too short and the corners too fast. Hope to be proved wrong pic.twitter.com/hlX0yta6JE
— Andrew Benson (@andrewbensonf1) June 20, 2018
Top Ten for Local Lad
There’s a lot of guesswork involved with picking the race winner but identifying a top-10 finisher at a punting price looks a little easier. Esteban Ocon can be backed to finish in the top-10 (a points finish) at 7/10 with BetStars and he’s the one we like.
The 21-year-old is one of two French drivers in the race and, unlike his countryman, Romain Grosjean, is really impressing this season. He has suffered two retirements during the current campaign but has finished inside the top ten on three other occasions. His Force India car seems to adapt to all tracks equally well so we think this is a prudent bet.
Neither Red Bull car finished the race in Bahrain (week 2) or Azerbaijan (week 4) but they have claimed the fastest lap of the race in the other five. No surprises where our money is going in this market then!
It could be seen as a stab in the dark given the lack of course form but the last three races of this season have been won by large margins and five of 2018’s seven races have seen victors crossing the line more than five seconds clear. That alone makes the 4/5 about a big margin with Paddy Power an attractive proposition.
Recommended French Grand Prix Bets:
- Top-10 Finish: Esteban Ocon 7/10 BetStars
- Fastest Lap: Daniel Ricciardo 4/1 Sportingbet
- Fastest Lap: Max Verstappen 4/1 Sportingbet
- Winning Margin: 6sec or more 4/5 Paddy Power