F1: Get closer to the race action with an in-play bet

Formula 1 is one of the world’s most popular sports, with Grand Prixs in major cities across the globe. From the splendor of the Monte Carlo GP to the drama of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, hundreds of thousands of supporters pack into the stands at the track, with millions more following every turn, overtake and crash live on television. From the start to the checkered flag, fans are treated to two hours of excitement, more if the safety car is deployed.

You can watch the action most weekends live on television from the comfort of your own home or plan a trip to a Grand Prix, taking in the beauty of a new city while engrossing yourself in the unique atmosphere of the practice, qualifying and race.

Many like to become more involved in the result by making predictions on the outcome and placing bets at the leading online sports betting apps.

Study a race, take a look at the form, make your predictions, then place a wager using your desktop computer at home or mobile app while on the move. It’s quick, easy and secure. Bettors can gamble on every Grand Prix with numerous markets available. There’s also the chance to make your season predictions, betting on the winner of the driver’s championship and constructors championship.

Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 compete for position on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 28, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Markets and Options

When gambling on a Grand Prix, you aren’t restricted to picking the winner of the race, calling which driver will stand on the top step of the podium and be soaked in champagne. That is a great bet to have and gives you a chance to support the favorite, such as Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix, or take a chance on a lively outsider at big odds. This is the market most casual F1 followers like to play, but there are others, and it’s worth browsing the full list before deciding which is best for you. There may be a market that helps boost your chances of making a profit.

Some other options available to Grand Prix bettors include a podium finish, points finish, to end the race or not, the fastest lap, the safety car to be introduced, winning margin in times, number of finishers, winning team and more.

There’s an option to suit all styles of bettors and all types of F1 fans. Many bettors like to stick to their usual market, even if it doesn’t bring them much success, but new markets are always being added to make F1 betting more appealing to a wider range of online players.

Regardless of the market you are betting on, you want to get your stake down at the best odds possible. The bigger the odds offered, the more cash in your betting balance when you land a winning bet.

Taking anything less than the market’s best odds is simply giving your bookie free cash. After deciding on the market, you want to research the selection you’re after, you should check any respected betting odds comparison site. The best price will be in bold, and that’s the bookie you should gamble with.

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Boost your chances of beating the bookies

A far less popular way to bet on Formula 1, but a method that could seriously boost your chances of landing a profit on the next Grand Prix is in-play betting. You may see this displayed as live betting or in-race betting, but it means the same thing. The best bookies offer lots of pre-race betting markets and odds but keep the best of them live and available to bet on throughout the race.

With in-play betting, you can gamble on the winner, podium finish, the fastest lap and more throughout the contest. A bet on the GP is as exciting in the final lap as it was before the first. The odds are constantly updated to reflect the race and order.

A wet 2021 Russian Grand Prix, Sunday – Jiri Krenek Photo

This is an appealing way to bet for many experienced and profitable bettors as in-play arms them with additional information. When making your pre-race predictions, you are gambling on the winner but also the weather, any crashes, damage to your driver’s car, the start he makes and more. When holding on to your stake money until the race is in full swing, you’ll know if the weather is playing a part, if your driver enjoyed a strong start, and how many pit stops they have made or intend to make.