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F1 Azerbaijan Sprint Race Predictions and Betting Tips

What are the best bets for this weekend’s F1 Azerbaijan Sprint race? Check out our predictions for the event.

These odds from William Hill were correct at the time of writing.

F1 Azerbaijan Sprint Race Top Betting Predictions

Friday had its share of surprises, as Ferrari, and especially Charles Leclerc, took the fight to the dominant Red Bulls. Can the Monegasque repeat his Friday performance on the Saturday sprint?

Verstappen to Win

Despite Leclerc’s pace on Friday, Red Bull still look like the best team overall. Verstappen narrowly missed out on pole for Sunday, while Perez wasn’t that far behind either. Under race conditions, we should take two things into account: first, Red Bull is still going to be faster on the long runs. Second, the RB19 is still the best car in the field on high speed sections, giving the Austrian team a massive advantage down the 2.2 km front straight – the track’s prime overtaking spot.

Even if Leclerc manages to repeat his Friday result and also scores pole for the Sprint race, Red Bull should still be considered the favorite for the win. Even a short, one-stint run like the Sprint race should still provides plenty of overtaking opportunities down the main straight. The two Red Bulls jumping to the top of the order feels inevitable, and Verstappen still has the edge in this intra-team fight.

Perez Top 2 Finish

Following the same logic mentioned above, Perez will probably be in the mix for the win. Verstappen still has the edge in pace over his teammate, but a second place finish is very much in the cards for the Mexican.

Despite Ferrari’s improved pace over a single lap, it’s difficult to imagine the Italian team going toe to toe against Red Bull in race conditions. In last year’s GP, Leclerc had to go on an alternate strategy in an attempt to beat the two Red Bulls, as Ferrari clearly did not have the same pace as its opponent on the long runs. Not having that alternative will make the task even harded, which in turn clears the way for a Red Bull 1-2.

F1 Azerbaijan Sprint Weather Conditions

As is usually the case in Azerbaijan, the Sprint race will be held under dry conditions with no chance of rain, 21°C and cloudy skies. These are as close as you can get to perfect racing conditions. Drivers won’t have to worry about warming up their tyres or excessive degradation.

F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Important Details

F1 Azerbaijan Sprint race predictions
#81 Oscar Piastri (AUS, McLaren F1 Team), #63 George Russell (GBR, Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team), F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on April 28, 2023 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by HOCH ZWEI) – Photo by Icon sport
  • How many laps will the F1 Azerbaijan Sprint race have? The race will have 17 laps (102.051 km).
  • What is the start time for the F1 Azerbaijan Sprint race? The Baku Sprint race is set to start at 1:30 pm GMT.
  • How can I watch the F1 Azerbaijan Sprint race in the UK? Viewers in the UK can follow the F1 Sprint action live on Sky Sports on TV, or live stream the race on NOW.

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