The wait is over, the green light is ready to authorize the start of the first of the 23 Formula 1 GPs scheduled for this season. As usual, Bahrain’s start will be at the Manama International Circuit: a ‘snake’ 5,412 meters long and which the drivers will have to face 57 times, with the artificial lights of the racetrack to light up the track. It will be held this coming Sunday, March 5th.

All eyes are on Max Verstappen, who is chasing his third consecutive world championship and the odds are in his favor going into the opening round of the new season. His Bahrain GP success pays 1.84 at Starcasino Bet, with Planetwin and Snai at 1.80.

Behind the Red Bull driver, at least on paper, there seems to be only one colleague capable of beating him in this round. This is obviously Charles Leclerc, whose odds vary between 4.60 on Starcasino Bet, up to 4.70 on Sisal, with the exception of bet365 which puts the Frenchman at 5.

Between these two drivers and the rest of the competitors there seems to be an abyss across all major betting sites. The third name is the second Red Bull driver, Sergio Perez: for the Mexican to win the odds are 10 on Snai and Betway, with Planetwin down to 9. Far away, the other Ferrari driver, Carlos Sainz, shines at 12 at Snai, with Sisal further increasing that figure to 16.

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton does not seem to have the odds in his favour. Starcasino Bet gives the top Mercedes driver some odds at 9.50, while Snai and Betway go up to 15. And the same goes for his teammate George Russell, who we found between 12 at Sisal and 16 at Planetwin.

SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 09: Max Verstappen of Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 leads Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Ferrari F1-75 during the F1 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka International Racing Course on October 09, 2022 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Bahrain Grand Prix Pole Position Odds

Certainly there is more balance, in the operators’ staff, with regard to classification, which will determine the starting grid. The best at the moment is Max Verstappen: the Dutchman follows 2.05 on Sisal, with Snai and Betway at 2. As mentioned, the difference in testing is smaller than in the race and therefore Leclerc has a quota that varies between 2.75 at bet365 and 2.85 at Starcasino Bet.

Hamilton has an impressive number of Pole Positions: 103. As a result, the Englishman has odds of 21. A very high value, if we consider the qualities of the seven-time world champion.

As for the other drivers, Fernando Alonso follows with an odd of 42 on Snai. Carlos Sainz is 8th at Starcasino, one point behind Sergio Perez at Red Bull at 9th at Sisal. Finally, Mercedes does not seem to be favorites in the standings, even with George Russell: even his compatriot and Hamilton teammate takes off at 9 at Planetwin.

Fastest lap and the Formula 1 Safety Car

The “Best Lap” in Formula 1 seems to be within reach of Max Verstappen who ‘flies’ with Red Bull: he currently pays 2.50 at Snai, with Leclerc having 3.50. Sainz and Perez share third place in the 7.50 favorites at bet365. Hamilton follows with 11 on the Starcasino betting board. There is always the possibility of the Safety Car entering the track and it also yields good odds: the physical presence varies between 1.35 at Sisal and 1.30 at Planetwin, with the Virtual Safety Car we find it at 1.50 at Betway.