Venue: Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya, Spain.
Race Date: 22nd May 2022
The Formula 1 calendar returns to Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix from Barcelona. One of the oldest and most prestigious races on the circuit, there will be plenty of die hard fans in attendance in the Spanish sunshine, in what promises to be an unforgettable battle once again. Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen have dominated proceedings this season, with 2 and 3 race wins respectively and it already looks to be a two horse race at the top of the leader board this term, a battle that will dominate the narrative heading into the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.
Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix Predictions
F1 Spanish Grand Prix Race Winner
In race six of the 2022 Formula One season, all of the biggest names on the grid will be battling for supremacy here in Barcelona:
Max Verstappen – $2.10
Having won his last two races at Imola and Miami, defending F1 world champion Max Verstappen certainly has the momentum with him as he arrives in Spain here. Question marks are still surrounding the longevity of the Red Bull car this season, but he is one of the elite performers on the grid and he should be the man to catch in favourable driving conditions in Barcelona this weekend.
Charles Leclerc – $2.60
Championship leader Charles Leclerc has been in sublime form so far this season, but he hasn’t been able to put any distance between himself and Max Verstappen in recent weeks, with the Dutchman winning twice to close the gap. Leclerc was ultimately outclassed in Miami last time out something he and his Ferrari team will be looking to improve upon here in Barcelona this week.
Carlos Sainz – $13.00
The importance of home support could be brought to the fore here as Carlos Sainz will be looking to pick up his first win of the season for Ferrari. Few drivers on the grid are as popular as the Spaniard, who has really excelled in his role of support driver to Charles Leclerc this season and his regular points scoring could see the Italians win the Constructors Championship this term.
F1 Spanish Grand Prix Top Six Finish
Race 6 here in Barcelona presents an opportunity for every driver to keep putting points on the board, in what is a long season ahead:
George Russell – $1.33
Establishing himself as a driver for the future has been the priority for George Russell so far this season and he has been able to pick up plenty of early points. Despite not having a car to compete at the top of the grid in recent seasons, Russell has proven he has the driving credentials to mix it with the big boys. He is yet to finish outside of the top 5 in any of his four races for Mercedes and another top 6 showing here would do him the world of good.
Sergio Perez – $1.40
Mexican Sergio Perez is an integral part of the Red Bull operation and his support to Max Verstappen continues to prove invaluable. He has perhaps lacked the pace and conviction in recent weeks to compete at the very top of the leader board but his consistency at this level is unrivalled. Conditions in Spain should suit his driving style and he could sneak up on the radar should it get messy out in front of him.
Lando Norris – $4.00
Mclaren have huffed and puffed at times this term, but Lando Norris has once again been their spearhead, with Daniel Riccardo struggling for form and consistency. Whilst he certainly doesn’t have the best car on the grid, he is super speedy, and he continues to challenge every other driver on the grid. How others go around him could impact his ability to finish in the top six here but if he gets a clean run at proceedings here in Barcelona, he is great value to finish in the top six.
F1 Spanish Grand Prix Best Bets:
Race Winner: Max Verstappen – $2.10 Bet @ Ladbrokes
Top Six Finish: George Russell – $1.33 Bet @ Ladbrokes
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