Formula 1: Italian Grand Prix 2021 Betting Tips & Predictions (September 12)
The final installment of the F1 triple header is upon us as we head to Italy for the second time this year. The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza will be the centre stage for the 14th round of the Formula One World Championship. The qualifying will be held on the 10th of September, and the main event held on the 12th.
The importance of this historic race increased manifolds since the completion of the Dutch Grand Prix last week, where Max Verstappen leapfrogged Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship with an impressive first-place finish. More valuable points are there for the taking in Italy this weekend, and it could end up being a frantic race. Auto racing bookies have now placed their odds for the potential winner of the race, so let’s dive right into what might be on the cards.
2021 Italian Grand Prix Odds – Bookmakers Favourite
The bookmakers are almost torn between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen when picking a winner for the race. However, they believe Lewis Hamilton will have a slight edge at the Italian Grand Prix, although it could all change drastically depending on the qualifying race.
Moreover, with the inclusion of sprint qualifying this time around, things could shake up even more by the time of the main event. Regardless, as things stand, Lewis Hamilton (2.00) is the favourite to win the race, with Max Verstappen (2.10) a close second.
F1 Italian GP Predictions 2021
Known as ‘The Temple of Speed,’ it is atypical of Monza to reward raw pace. That said, it is not always that simple to make a prediction about the winner. Last year’s wild finish, which resulted in a very surprising podium, is testimony to the same. Here are our top 3 betting picks nonetheless:
- Lewis Hamilton to win the race – (2.00)
British F1 superstar Lewis Hamilton heads into this year’s Italian Grand Prix with the hope of finally breaking the record of most wins at the circuit. Hamilton is currently tied with the legendary Michael Schumacher with 5 victories at Monza. After winning 4 races in 5 years, Hamilton faltered in 2019 and 2020, although both those years saw shock winners in Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly. Currently trailing Max Verstappen in the Drivers’ Championship, Lewis Hamilton is well aware of the importance of winning this race. With weather forecasts predicting minimal external impact, expect Hamilton to put his foot on the gas and reach mesmerizing speeds on his way to the first position.
- Max Verstappen to win the race – (2.10)
The Dutchman is in 7th heaven as we speak. Having just won his native Grand Prix at Zandvoort, Verstappen now leads the Drivers’ Championship by 3 points. Things can – and will – take wild turns every week as the race for the Championship crown heats up, but Verstappen remains focused amidst the chaos. Admittedly, Verstappen will not be in pole position to win the race, figuratively speaking at least! Despite Red Bull’s progress throughout the season, Mercedes are expected to make the most of a high-speed circuit. However, such is the kind of rhythm Max Verstappen is in that one wouldn’t wilfully predict him.
- Lewis Hamilton to have the fastest lap – (2.75)
Although Red Bull has taken strides in matching Mercedes’ speed this year, a track like Monza is perfectly suited for Hamilton and co. Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez was honest in assessing the track, admitting that Mercedes would be favourites in Italy. Lewis Hamilton has played with breathtaking speeds at various instances already this season, and Monza is certain to provide him with more opportunities.
2021 Italian Grand Prix – Former Winners
The Italian Grand Prix is one of the races drivers take the most pride in participating in. Ferrari has enjoyed the most success at Monza, with 21 wins. Mercedes have basked in glory here, winning 6 races in 7 years from 2012 to 2018. As previously mentioned, Lewis Hamilton has the joint-most wins at Monza with 5, while Sebastian Vettel (3) and Fernando Alonso (2) are the only 2 other active drivers with wins here. Here are the 5 past winners of the Italian Grand Prix:
- 2020 – Pierre Gasly
- 2019 – Charles Leclerc
- 2018 – Lewis Hamilton
- 2017 – Lewis Hamilton
- 2016 – Nico Rosberg
2021 Italian Grand Prix – Final Verdict
A 5-time winner, Lewis Hamilton has had some successful memories of his races at Monza, and he desperately needs to taste victory once more this time around. The last 2 editions of the Italian Grand Prix have resulted in major upsets, but Mercedes cannot afford for that to happen for the third time running. More than the points on offer, it is the shift in momentum that Lewis Hamilton would be most eager to achieve. Expect him to succeed in doing so.
The Drivers’ Championship is heating up. Time to bet on Formula One today!