Turkish Grand Prix Odds and Predictions
The 2020 F1 Championship is back after a week gap with the 14th race of the season scheduled be held at the Istanbul Park in Turkey. The F1 is returning to Turkey after 9 years with the last race held her in 2011 when Sebastian Vettel dominated all sessions for his only win here.
With a win in Imola for Lewis Hamilton and 2nd place for Bottas, Mercedes team sealed the constructors’ title for the 7th consecutive year breaking Ferrari’s streak of 6 years from 1999 to 2004. With just 4 more rounds of action left in the championship, only Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have the mathematical possibility to win the drivers’ title.
Nonetheless, the fans are always hoping for some excitement and thrill in a new track as we are sure Turkey has a lot of tricky corners and elevation changes that might bring the field closer on Sunday.
Turkish Grand Prix Preview and Predictions : Championship standings
The Mercedes have had the best car in the lot this season and have taken 12 race victories in 14 races heading for their 7th dual (Constructors’ + Drivers’ title) comfortably. Barring the Italian GP and the 70th Anniversary GP at the Sliverstone, the Mercedes haven’t been posed with any challenge so far.
As a result, Lewis Hamilton is sitting at the top with 282 points whereas Bottas who is a distant second with 197 points in his kitty. Verstappen who drives the Red Bull Honda has been in the podium places consistently but the Dutch driver is out of contention after a suspension failure in Imola.
Another driver that has impressed everyone is Daniel Ricciardo of Renault who has scored 2 podiums and is in 4th place with 95 points. With Ferrari picking up some pace in the last few couple of races, the midfield battle is the most interesting one with Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez of Racing Point, Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz of McLaren putting up a formidable fight every race.
On one hand, Sebastian Vettel has been unlucky with his strategies whereas Lance Stroll just went from bad to worse after a 13th place finish in Italy. The back of the pack is lead by the Alfa Romeos followed by the Haas and the Williams who are yet to open their account.
The likes of George Russell and Nicholas Latifi have been unlucky to have not finished in the top 10 owing to the reliability issues in the car.
Turkish Grand Prix Odds and Predictions : Schedule
The race week is scheduled from 13th of November to the race-day on 15th 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.
Practice 1 (13th November) – 11.00 - 12.30 local time (13.30 - 15.00 IST)
Practice 2 (13th November) – 15.00 – 16.30 local time (17.30 – 19.00 IST)
Practice 3 (14th September) – 12.00 – 13.00 local time (14.30 – 15.30 IST)
Qualifying (14th September) – 15.00 – 16.00 local time (17.30 – 18.30 IST)
Race (15th September) – 13.10 local time (15.40 IST)
Turkish Grand Prix F1 Odds and predictions: Odds and predictions
The track here at Istanbul looks like a balanced one implying that the car needs to have enough downforce and power to negotiate this 5.338 km (3.317 miles) circuit. Unlike most circuits, this is an anti-clockwise circuit with the right fronts taking the brunt with some really fast corners.
The turn 8 is the trickiest and one of the more iconic ones where the drivers have to get all the four apexes right in order to get that left hander right and is a make or break part of the circuit as it can ruin your timed laps. With wider cars and better aero dynamics used, it will be interesting if the drivers lift here in the qualification on Saturday.
The Ferraris and the Mercedes have won thrice here whereas Felipe Massa has been the most successful around this beautiful track.
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.
Another platform Betway have also gone on to say that the Mercedes will score yet another with some resistance coming from Max Verstappen who has the third best odds so far.
Oddschecker known for giving the best odds have also suggested a Mercedes 1-2 again this weekend with Lewis Hamilton taking his 2nd race win at the Istanbul park with Bottas 2nd and Verstappen 3rd.
Turkish Grand Prix 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 is available only in selected regions of the world.