F1 Picks: United States Sprint Race Prediction, Preview, and Odds (Oct 21)
- F1 Sprint action takes place at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend
- Max Verstappen has already won the Drivers’ Championship for 2023
An exciting weekend of F1 action is set for the United States this weekend, with the action getting underway on Friday with qualifying. There will be exciting Sprint Race action on Saturday, before the Grand Prix is staged on Sunday afternoon.
Schedule and How To Watch
- When: Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. ET
- Where: Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
- How To Watch: ESPN
United States Sprint Race Odds
The F1 action takes place in the United States this weekend, with an exciting Sprint Race set to kick off the proceedings at the Circuit of the Americas on Saturday. The Sprint Race will be run over half the distance of the Grand Prix, with drivers not being required to make a pit stop.
It is the second straight race weekend in which there has been Sprint action, with the Qatar Sprint being won in impressive fashion by Oscar Piastri. The win was the Australian’s first success in F1, and the McLaren progression will once again be evident in Texas this weekend.
The Constructor has been in excellent form since the restart, evident from the fact that Lando Norris has finished on the podium in each of the previous three races. McLaren were once again the closest rivals to Red Bull in the Qatar Grand Prix, and a solid weekend in the United States could give them an excellent chance of catching Aston Martin in the race for fourth in the Constructors’ Standings.
Red Bull’s aim has already been achieved this term, as Max Verstappen’s Drivers’ Championship and the team’s Constructors’ title have been retained. However, there will be pressure on Sergio Perez this weekend, as the Mexican has struggled since the Italian Grand Prix. A big weekend will be required if he is to finish second in the Drivers’ standings, while there are rumors that he could be replaced if results don’t improve.
Lewis Hamilton is pushing Perez for second in the standings, but his chances weren’t aided following a first-lap retirement in Qatar a few weeks ago. Mercedes have struggled in the Sprint Races this term, meaning that their push for points is more likely to come in the Grand Prix itself on Sunday.
United States Sprint Race Prediction
Verstappen looks a solid chance this weekend, but at the prices, it could be well worth taking him on. Lando Norris makes his 100th Grand Prix appearance this weekend, and the pace of the McLaren will make them a very obvious contender over the shorter race distance in the Sprint.