Formula One Betting Guide
The Formula One Championship lasts for eight months each year, a series of races throughout the world take place starting in March and ending in November.
With each Grand Prix being televised to millions of people around the globe the sport has become amazingly popular and all the leading bookmakers offer odds in a wide variety of markets from who will win the overall title and become World Champion to how many cars will actually finish each race, there really is no end to bets you can place this exciting spectacle.
Ante post bets are a favourite with punters and offer you something to watch the whole of the season. You can bet on the leading driver, who will win the constructors championship and also individual performances, for example you can bet on how many points a particular driver will achieve throughout the whole season.
Pre-race bets are always on offer as the Saturday qualifying session is like a race in itself to get that coveted pole position; all the drivers attempt to set the fastest lap to determine where they start on the grid for the following day’s race. Some drivers will be better on certain tracks so it’s always worth looking at previous results and Fridays practice session is usually full of clues too.
Once the qualifying and grid positions are sorted the outright betting for the race will sometimes change dramatically depending on the result, you can bet on the eventual winner before qualifying to try and get a better price but it’s a risk as sometimes a poor Saturday session can put you out of the running before the race has even begun. Basically if you are confident you selection will do well in qualifying then back them early.
On the morning of the race there are lots of markets on any amount of things, you can bet on whether there will be a safety car, good knowledge of the local weather helps here, if you think it will rain during the race then a safety car is almost certain to appear at some stage of the race and also particular tracks with difficult first corners are worth backing in this market. Similar rules apply to how many cars will finish the race, in recent years reliability has improved and very few fail to finish unless there are accidents. Another market that doesn’t require you to nominate a driver is the official winning margin between the first two cars.
Other markets include nominating a driver to finish on the Podium or even just to finish in the points; these odds are usually very short and it makes sense to put more than one driver in the bet to increase the odds. For example it’s highly unlikely the championship leader will finish out of the first ten unless he has problems with his car or suffers an accident, the odds will reflect that but if you select three drivers to finish in the points then it’s more attractive.
Match bets are very popular, this is where you bet that one driver performs better than another diver, simple as that, you don’t even have to worry about winning the race, it’s a mythical two car contest, if your driver finishes ninth and the opponent is twelfth, you win the bet. Again putting one or two drivers together in your bet can increase the odds dramatically.
So as you can see Formula One has a lot to offer the punter, all these bets are available for every race of the championship and the ante post markets will be open throughout the year. We will be discussing each race as they happen from qualifying to the actual race and the aftermath and how it has affected the overall standings.