F1 Picks: Azerbaijan Grand Prix Predictions, Preview, and Odds (Apr 30)

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  • Baku City Circuit will host the first European race of the 2023 F1 season
  • Max Verstappen extended championship lead with success in Australia

The European leg of the F1 season gets underway at the end of April, as the Azerbaijan Grand Prix is staged on April 30. It promises to be another exciting round of action, with the first Sprint Race of the season also being staged in Baku.

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The Red Bull dominance at the start of the 2023 season continued in Australia, as a hugely eventful race was finally won by Max Verstappen. However, Mercedes looked back in the fight, with Lewis Hamilton taking second. But, can anyone stop Verstappen in Baku at the end of April?

Schedule and How To Watch

  • When: Sunday, April 30, 2023, at 7:00 a.m. ET
  • Where: Baku City Circuit, Azerbaijan  
  • How To Watch: ESPN

Azerbaijan Grand Prix Odds

Latest Australian Grand Prix odds taken from an offshore sportsbook. Check back at a later date to find the latest Vegas Odds.

Max Verstappen-250
Sergio Perez+450
Fernando Alonso+1100
Lewis Hamilton+1200
Charles Leclerc+2200
Carlos Sainz+2800
George Russell+2800
Lance Stroll+6600

Event Preview

It was a chaotic Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne in the previous round of F1 action, with three red flags being waved. However, there was still a familiar sight at the raceโ€™s conclusion, with Max Verstappen standing at the top of the podium. The Dutchman has now moved clear at the top of the standings, as he cruised to a dominant position after overtaking Lewis Hamilton following the first restart.

Hamilton was delighted with his Mercedes, as the car finally looked to be competitive. He held off Aston Martinโ€™s Fernando Alonso with ease, and was a deserving second. However, teammate George Russell failed to finish after a first mechanical DNF of his Mercedes career.

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It was a weekend to forget for Ferrari, as Charles Leclerc crashed out early, before Carlos Sainz was given a harsh five-second penalty, which saw him drop out of the points places. However, itโ€™s hard to see a monumental overturn in their fortunes to see a challenge in Azerbaijan.

Only 12 drivers managed to finish the race in Australia, with McLaren earning their first points of the campaign, with Lando Norris taking sixth, and Oscar Piastri finishing eighth.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix Prediction

The Red Bull dominance has been a key trend over the opening races of the season, and we expect that to continue in Azerbaijan. However, we could see street specialist Sergio Perez taking the win for the second time in three years. A fourth straight podium finish for Alonso could also be on the cards.

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