Portuguese Grand Prix Odds, Predictions and Preview : The 2020 F1 championship is back after two weeks with the 12th race of the season to be held at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal after a decent race in the famous Nurburgring in Germany.
The 2020 season was originally supposed to have 22 races, but with the pandemic setting in, the championship that was to start in Melbourne started in Austria after four months. The calendar was modified with seventeen races confirmed in what can be considered a packed schedule for the drivers while 12 races in various countries was cancelled.
The Formula 1 is racing for the first time in Algarve circuit which is basically a 4.64 kms long and has 15 turns with constant elevation change that will test drivers’ skills and temperament.
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Portuguese Grand Prix Odds, Predictions and Preview : Championship standings
The Mercedes have been the car to beat who have taken 10 race victories in 12 races with the exception of 70th Anniversary GP and Italian GP where Max Verstappen and first-time winner Pierre Gasly emerged victorious.
The top team Ferraris are nowhere in contention with a mediocre car this year that has allowed teams like Renault, Racing Point and McLaren perform better. The qualifying record also underlines the Mercedes domination with every pole position either taken by Lewis Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas so far. Looking at the championship standings so far, Lewis Hamilton is leading comfortably at 230 points after a win in Germany.
Bottas had a terrible outing in Nurburgring after the Finnish driver was forced to retire that left him 69 points behind Hamilton. Max Verstappen is a close third with the Austrian driver securing 2nd in the previous race.
The mid-field battle is very close with the likes of Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez, Lando Norris, Alexander Albon and Charles Leclerc separated by just 15 points on the whole. The Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean would be looking to score this weekend with the pair leaving F1 after this season whereas the 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has looked out of sorts in that Ferrari.
The Alfa Romeos of Kimi Raikkonen along with Antonio Giovonazzi and the Williams of George Russell with Nicholas Latifi have always been the back markers with a hope of securing some points this weekend.
As far as constructors championship is concerned, if Mercedes manages to outscore the Red Bulls by 35 points in Portugal, they right away win their 7th consecutive champions.
Portuguese Grand Prix F1 preview and predictions: Schedule
The drivers are currently in Portugal with the race scheduled from 23rd of October to the race-day on 25th the Sunday. The weekend begins with two free-practices on Friday where the drivers run race simulations and also look at the different tyre compounds.
This Saturday will begin with an hour-long third practice session where the drivers run the qualifying simulations and add finishing touches. The qualifying will be held two hours after the practice with drivers looking to start ahead in the grid on Sunday.
Practice 1 (23rd October) – 11.00 - 12.30 local time (15.30 - 17.00 IST)
Practice 2 (23rd October) – 15.00 – 16.30 local time (19.30 – 21.00 IST)
Practice 3 (24th October) – 11.00 – 12.00 local time (15.30 – 16.30 IST)
Qualifying (24th October) – 14.00 – 15.00 local time (18.30 – 19.30 IST)
Race (25th October) – 14.10 local time (18.40 IST)
Portuguese Grand Prix F1 Odds and predictions
The Algarve International Circuit is one of a kind where downforce takes precedence more than the straight-line speed because of the tricky medium speed corners and the elevation changes in every sector of the lap.
The maximum speed achieved by the end of the longest straight which is the main straight is about 330 kmph. The driver will be in full throttle for just about 50% of the time in the lap which speaks of the low grip of this circuit.
This also means that despite Mercedes dominating the season, the likes of Red Bull might have a slight upper hand in this race. While Lewis Hamilton is looking to create history by winning Portugal GP that puts him one ahead of the all-time great Michael Schumacher, the track conditions and the rival cars might come together this weekend to defy that from happening.
The betting markets and prediction experts are expecting a comprehensive victory for the British driver on Sunday with Bottas and Vertsappen to follow.
SMarkets which is a premium betting site have given a thumbs up to the defending champion Lewis Hamilton to take the chequered flag on Sunday that will take him close to 7th world title.
Oddschecker known for giving the best odds have also suggested a Mercedes 1-2 again this weekend with Lewis Hamilton taking his 92nd race win with Bottas 2nd and Verstappen 3rd.
Portuguese Grand Prix F1 preview and predictions: Where to watch?
The race weekend will be available to watch on the Sky Network in Europe and UK. It can also be watched on the official F1 app but isn’t available in all the regions.