Turkey Grand Prix

2020 Turkish Grand Prix Preview

The hastily revised 2020 F1 calendar has brought another expired race back onto the schedule in the shape of the Turkish Grand Prix. The calendar first headed to Turkey back in 2005 but, after just seven editions, the last version of the race came along in 2011.

Now we’re back and these new venues can add a little extra excitement to a season that has played out in a predictable manner. Lewis Hamilton isn’t quite there in terms of another Drivers’ Championship but he’s almost over the line while his Mercedes team have dominated the Constructors’ competition across the campaign.

Will Hamilton reign in Turkey or is there a surprise waiting among the ranks?

Race Winner

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

As he has been for the entire 2020 Formula One season, Lewis Hamilton is the favourite for the Turkish Grand Prix and you can pick up the champion elect at best industry odds of 4/9 with 888Sport and Unibet. The same two bookmakers have Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas available at 15/4 while Max Verstappen is quoted at 11/2 with SportPesa.

The bookmakers haven’t given anyone a chance beyond that top three and, once again, we have a big gap to the chasing pack. Daniel Ricciardo comes in at 66/1 with 10Bet and SportNation while Sergio Perez is quoted at 80/1 with Unibet and 888Sport.

We’ve only seen one true upset this season with Pierre Gasly taking the chequered flag in Italy but, otherwise, all races have been dominated by three men. If, however, you do want to delve a little deeper into the outright winner market, Charles Leclerc is on offer at 100/1 followed by Gasly and Alexander Albon at 125/1 - all three prices are with Unibet and 888Sport once again.

Side Bets

max verstappen

Max Verstappen

Bettors have been able to find some higher prices in the side markets through the season although it should be remembered that Mercedes have dominated in many places. In terms of Fastest Qualifier, the German manufacturers have started on pole in 13 Grand Prix so far this campaign with Lewis Hamilton claiming the honour nine times and Valtteri Bottas the remaining four.

For Turkey this weekend, Hamilton is the clear market leader once again and you can back the Englishman at 8/13 with VBet. Valtteri Bottas is next at 15/8 with VBet once again while Max Verstappen slots in as third favourite at 11/2 with 888Sport and Unibet. This is one market where it may be futile to look beyond the top two as Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo lead a distant chasing pack at 50/1 with Unibet and 888Sport once again.

The fastest lap betting has been more spread out with those two early wins for McLaren provided by Carlos Sainz Jr and Lando Norris. However, since those opening returns, Mercedes has caught up with Hamilton and Bottas claiming eight of the 13 fastest laps overall.

For the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton leads the way in this market at best odds of 5/4 with BetFred. The same bookmaker has the top price of 9/4 next to the name of Valtteri Bottas and then we move out to Max Verstappen at a best of 7/2 with Unibet and 888Sport.

Moving through the list of runners and riders, Unibet and 888Sport also have the best odds of 20/1 for Alexander Albon and 25/1 for Daniel Ricciardo. Other names to consider in the fastest lap betting might include Sergio Perez at 40/1 with 10Bet, Lando Norris at 66/1 with SportPesa and Carlos Sainz at 100/1 with BetFred.

Those are our three regular markets but can we pick out any decent profits from the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix?

Verdict

The Intercity Istanbul Park Circuit plays host this weekend, just as it did when the Turkish Grand Prix was originally run between 2005 and 2011. The track, therefore, won’t be especially familiar to the majority of drivers this year but it would certainly be worth noting that Lewis Hamilton recorded one of his earlier Grand Prix victories here back in 2010.

For the sake of balance, Sebastian Vettel supporters would no doubt like us to mention that their man followed up with a win in 2011 but Vettel is quoted for an unlikely repeat at 400/1 with BetFred.

There are no real trends to base our predictions on so we really have to go on form and to look at the two Mercedes drivers in our favoured markets. There isn’t likely to be too much in the way of value but we can, at least, get odds against prices in the fastest lap betting. Lewis Hamilton would provide a relatively decent return here at 5/4 but Mercedes rarely complete a clean sweep of our three markets so we will push and take Valtteri Bottas at those fairly generous odds of 9/4.

As for the race winner and pole position options, we really can’t see beyond the favourite this time. It all looks to be pointing towards the fastest driver and the fastest car so, if you are happy with adding in some short odds with the potential for modest profits, Lewis Hamilton is in the frame this time.

Best Bets

  • Lewis Hamilton to win the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix at 4/9 with Unibet
  • Valtteri Bottas to record the fastest lap at 9/4 with BetFred
  • Lewis Hamilton to be the fastest qualifier at 8/13 with VBet