Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F1 Odds and Predictions: The 2020 F1 championship is coming to an end with the last race of the season held at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. This is the 10th time that the race is happening in Abu Dhabi with Mercedes leading the charts in race wins, pole positions and fastest laps.
Even though the 2020 championship is done and dusted, the midfield battle is very much alive with the teams going against each other for every point in this final frontier. The current champion and the defending champion missed the last race at the new layout in Bahrain due to COVID with question marks raised over his presence in the next race.
This means that his potential replacement George Russell will have another after he missed out a potential win in Bahrain. On the other hand, last race winner Sergio Perez would like to win another race with his future hanging in balance.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F1 Odds and Predictions: Championship standings
The 2020 drivers’ championship was sealed by Lewis Hamilton when he won that race in Turkey in tough conditions. Even if he misses the last race, he will have a large lead of 101 points assuming that Valtteri Bottas gets the full points this weekend. Max Vertsappen is 16 points behind Bottas and has an outside chance of getting to the second spot. Sergio Perez had an excellent 2020 in 4th place and will end his season on a high despite no seat for 2021 as of now.
The midfield battle is very close with Daniel Ricciardo leading the pack followed by Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz, Alex Albon and Lando Norris. Pierre Gasly and Danill Kvyat of Alpha Tauri have accounted to 102 points this season. Sebastian Vettel who will be moving to Aston Martin next year will be racing in the prancing horse for one last time has secured 33 points so far.
George Russell who had 26 points in his kitty was forced to settle for 3 points after a messed up the pit-stop, which he would want to overturn if he manages to race in the Silver Arrow. The Alpha Romeos of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi have accounted to 8 points with the Haas scoring just 3 points for the whole season.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F1 Odds and Predictions: Schedule
The race week is scheduled from 11th of November to the race-day on 13th, 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. The 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. Given that it is a desert, the tyres allocated would be the red marked Softs, the yellow marked Mediums and the white marked Hards.
Practice 1 (11th November) – 13.00 - 14.30 local time (14.30 - 16.00 IST)
Practice 2 (11th November) – 17.00 – 18.30 local time (18.30 – 20.00 IST)
Practice 3 (12th September) – 14.00 – 15.00 local time (15.30 – 16.30 IST)
Qualifying (12th September) – 17.00 – 18.00 local time (18.30 – 19.30 IST)
Race (13th September) – 17.10 local time (18.40 IST)
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Odds and predictions : Predicted Winner
The track here at Abu Dhabi is in anti-clockwise direction with a one lap distance of 5.554 kms or 3.451 miles. The track consists of 21 corners and is slightly downforce dominated with the drivers on full throttle for not more than 50% of the lap distance.
The F1 started racing here in 2009 with Lewis Hamilton leading the pace with the most number of wins and the fastest lap around this circuit. Mercedes have won here 6 times whereas Red Bull have crossed the line in the top spot on 3 occasions.
The track is not easy to overtake despite the track having two DRS zones to help the preceding driver. The race is expected to be one stop, given that there is no incident.
The betting markets and prediction experts are expecting a comprehensive victory for the Finnish driver on Sunday with Verstappen and Russell to follow assuming that Hamilton wouldn’t be allowed to race.
Sportsbet which is a premium betting site have given a thumbs up to the second placed Bottas to take the chequered flag on Sunday with a close battle between Max and Russell. Another platform
Bet365 have also gone on to say that the Mercedes will score yet another win with some resistance coming from Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.
Oddschecker known for giving the best odds have also suggested a Mercedes domination this weekend with Bottas taking his 3rd race win of the season at the Yas Marina circuit with Verstappen 2nd and Russell in 3rd place.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F1 Odds and predictions: Where to watch?
The race weekend will be available to watch on the Sky Network in Europe and UK. For Indian fans, the race will be available on Star Sports Select and the Hotstar app. It can also be watched on the official F1 app but is available only in selected regions of the world.