Formula One - Canadian Grand Prix Betting Tips
Formula 1 heads to Canada for round eight of the 2023 world championship — and Max Verstappen will be looking to stretch his 53-point advantage with a sixth win of the season.
The Red Bull star was in a class of his own in Barcelona last time out and looks well on course for a third straight title.
The chasing pack hasn't given up, though. Mercedes have found some improvement in recent races while Aston Martin are introducing upgrades this weekend that they hope will help them regain second place in the constructors' standings.
Tip 1 - Fernando Alonso podium finish @ 11/10
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso arrived in Barcelona following a season-best second-place finish in Monaco.
But the Spaniard never looked entirely happy at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, damaging his car during qualifying and finishing the race behind his Aston Martin team-mate Lance Stroll for the first time in seventh place.
But that was only the second time Alonso has finished off of the podium this season and odds-against quotes about him getting back on the rostrum in Montreal could prove generous.
Alonso qualified on the front row in Canada last season and has high hopes for the team's latest upgrade package.
Mercedes moved ahead of Aston Martin in the constructors' standings after Spain but Alonso has said he expects the improvements to his car will allow him to 'crush' the Silver Arrows in Montreal.
Tip 2 - Both Alpine cars to finish in the top ten @ 22/25
Alpine will be delighted to be comfortably outperforming their arch-rivals McLaren but their campaign has fallen way below pre-season expectations; Esteban Ocon's Monaco podium aside.
They are the fifth-best team in a field of ten but, despite that mid-table obscurity, their solid all-French driver pairing of Ocon and Pierre Gasly have been consistently picking up points even with a very low attrition rate in recent races.
Both Alpine cars have finished in the top ten in four of this year's seven races, including all of the last three. That record would be even better had the pair not collided with each other during the predictable chaos of the badly-handled late restart in Australia.
Tip 3 - Alex Albon to finish in the top ten @ 13/5
Points have once again been hard to come by for Williams this season and they were the slowest car overall at Barcelona last time out.
However, the Gilles Villeueve circuit in Montreal could suit the car better. The track is little used outside of Formula 1's visit and cars are set up for low-downforce running to maximise speed on the long back straight.
That makes it not dissimilar to Bahrain, where Alex Albon picked up the team's sole point to date in the season-opener, and also to Melbourne, where Albon was running strongly in sixth place before crashing out.
It could be worth taking a chance that the Thai-British driver can increase his points tally this weekend.