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F1’s jam-packed July continues as we reach the half-way stage of the season with the Austrian Grand Prix, home of Red Bull.
This has been a stronghold for Red Bull driver Max Verstappen winning four of the last six races at this track and with Red Bull having the best straight-line speed it is hard not to fancy their chances again this weekend.
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With there being a sprint race on Saturday, qualifying moves to Friday where Verstappen will look to pick up his 3rd pole of the season. While he has only achieved this in two out of the first 10 races this season, he dominated qualifying sessions last year picking up 10 out of 22 poles. With his record here, I am expecting a Max-terclass this weekend so take your pick for backing Max Verstappen to win qualifying, the sprint race and the race itselfSergio Perez.
His team-mate Sergio Perez has finished on the podium in six out of the 10 races this year and has been backing up his teammate nicely. They will be keen to have their first ever 1-2 at their home grand prix, so with that extra motivation both Verstappen and Perez to finish on the podium is another appealing bet for this weekend.
Looking further down the grid, Sebastian Vettel has been showing good consistency finishing in the points in three out of the last four races in an underperforming Aston Martin. He has a decent record around this track as well so backing Vettel for a points finish is worth considering. If you want to beef up the price a bit, you could double the old boys Vettel and Fernando Alonso to finish in the points, with the Spaniard also being very consistent of late, coming into the GP with five points finishes in a row.
Lastly looking at the extra markets, last years race had only one non-classified driver after 71 laps. With it being a wide track with plenty of run-off areas there is a bit more margin for error here than other tracks. For that reason, backing over 17.5 classified drivers is tempting, alongside chancing no retirements at a big price.
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