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We grinded a small profit in Bahrain last weekend, thanks to a bad line we exploited on Draftkings. We're back at it for Sunday morning's race in Saudi Arabia. Phil Bobbitt breaks down F1's Saudi Arabia Grand Prix and shares his best bets.

F1 Preview and Best Bets: Saudi Arabia Grand Prix

What a wild afternoon Friday was in the desert of Saudi Arabia. During the first practice session, terrorists fired missiles at and struck a large oil facility, less than 10km from the track. The smoke was so heavy, Max Verstappen was heard on the radio asking his team if his vehicle was on fire because of it. I cannot understand why this race is going to be run, but it is...so let's bet on it.

Formula 1 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix Winner Odds

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F1 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix Preview and Best Bets

1.25u Carlos Sainz to podium (-125) (Bet $125 to Win $100)

*Odds available at BetMGM at time of publishing*

Coming into Bahrain, we thought Ferrari would be fast. Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz put on a masterclass. Mercedes struggled more than expected, but no team had a worse day than Red Bull. Verstappen had to retire from 2nd late in the race, and his teammate Sergio Perez lasted only a handful of laps more. They had apparent fuel pressure problems, that have hopefully been ironed out during this quick turn-around schedule. The two retirements allowed Lewis Hamilton to squeak onto the podium and cash a ticket for us.

We have decided to have very limited action this weekend until we see more. We will be adding a few smaller plays for the race on our Twitter page, but Carlos Sainz to finish inside the top three is the wager we feel best about. Be sure to shop around, as many books have vastly different prices.

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During practice session 1, Leclerc paced the field, again ahead of Verstappen. Valteri Bottas ranked third, followed by Sainz in fourth. During the second session, which normally most closely resembles actual racing conditions, Sainz's fastest lap found third place speed.

Sainz has been consistently close to Leclerc's speed in Bahrain and now Saudi Arabia. He had a nice run here last year, finishing eighth. Although Sainz tried to temper expectations with the media this week, you cannot put the toothpaste back into the tube. Ferrari has placed the target on their back, and every other team will need to catch up. 

Ok, ok. you twisted my arm. I'll do one more.

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0.5u Max Verstappen pole (+125) (Bet $100 to Win $125)

We're using a bit of conjecture here. Although Leclerc sits atop both practice session leaderboards, he did have a small incident where he made contact with the wall. I would imagine the team will have it fixed up mostly as good as new, but Verstappen had the speed to make things interesting. If LeClerc's car is 100%, it's still a coin flip as Verstappen has been a more consistent qualifier throughout his career. We'll take the small plus money flier on qualifying while we patiently wait for the race.

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Phil and Steve are lifelong buddies from the Philadelphia area. They specialize in all things motorsports and turned in a 131.3 unit profit in 2021.


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