Spanish Grand Prix Tips
Spanish Grand Prix Betting Tips
Spanish Grand Prix Details
- Date: June 4th 2023
- **Location:**Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmelo
- Course length: 4.675KM (2.905 Mi)
- Capacity: 140,700
Last Year Podium:
- 1st - Max Verstappen
- 2nd - Sergio Perez
- 3rd - George Russell
Last Year's Fastest Lap
1:24.108 - Sergio Perez (Lap 55)
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2023 Spanish GP betting tips
10 teams make the short hop over from Monaco to Barcelona this weekend as the Formula One circus heads to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Spanish Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen looking for a third successive race win.
The defending champion was imperious around the streets of Monte Carlo, opening up a 39-point gap to teammate Sergio Perez after a disappointing weekend for the Mexican.
Verstappen took advantage of one of many Ferrari meltdowns to win in Barcelona last year and is hot favourite to win his third Spanish Grand Prix, but home hero Fernando Alonso, who finished second in Monaco, will be keen to claim his first win since the 2013 Spanish GP.
Tip 1 - Lewis Hamilton to finish on the podium @ 5/2
Prior to Verstappen’s win last year, Lewis Hamilton had won each of the last four Spanish Grands Prix and the seven-time world champion has stood on the podium in Barcelona eight times in total.
It is safe to say the Brit enjoys the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and, while he is unlikely to challenge the dominant Red Bulls, another top-three finish is on the cards after some promising results from the upgraded Mercedes in Monaco.
Monaco is something of an outlier on the Formula One calendar, but the upgrades brought to the Mercedes W14 helped Hamilton and teammate George Russell earn fourth and fifth-place finishes respectively.
In an opening quarter of the season dominated by street circuits, Hamilton finished second in the only Grand Prix resembling a more traditional circuit - Melbourne - and a continuation of his fine record in Spain, which was used as a pre-season testing venue until recently, looks a possibility.
Tip 2 - Max Verstappen to win @ 2/5
The defending world champion may be a short price, but that is not without good cause after yet another dominant display in Monaco.
Verstappen has now won four of the six Grands Prix this season and finished second in the other two, with a Red Bull topping the charts in every race so far.
He finished 28 seconds ahead of Alonso last weekend despite a late spell of rain causing chaos and the Red Bulls have routinely finished 20-plus seconds clear of their rivals this season.
Teammate Perez seems to be the only driver capable of stopping Verstappen’s winning streak, but Perez tends to thrive on street circuits and has a huge pace deficit on Verstappen when it comes to more traditional tracks such as Barcelona. He was 13 seconds adrift of Verstappen in last season’s Spanish Grand Prix and 48 seconds off the pace the year before.
Tip 3 - Winner to register fastest lap - No @ 8/13
While logic would dictate that the race winner would usually claim the extra point on offer for the fastest lap, reality does not always match this and the fastest lap point has only gone to the race winner once in six Grands Prix this season.
As the field spreads out towards the end of the race, windows open up for drivers behind the leader to pit for fresh tyres without losing position to make a late charge for the fastest lap, meaning only four of the 23 Grands Prix since last year’s trip to Spain have seen the winner put in the fastest lap.
Spanish Grand Prix: - Brief History
The first Spanish Grand Prix was held in 1913 as a race for Touring cars. However, the transition to Formula 1 in 1951 where only two events were held until 1967. From this point, it became a regular course dominated Lotus and Ford. Since then, individuals have gone on runs of dominating Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost dominated over a nine year period between 1986 and 1994 before Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen won all but one event between 1995 and 2004. From that point, the winners varied as the sport became more competitive year on year. However, between 2017 and 2022, Lewis Hamilton won five races in a row on this track, Hamilton and Schumacher hold the record for the most number of wins at the Spanish Grand Prix with 6 wins apiece.