Max Verstappen favored over Lewis Hamilton in PointsBet odds for F1 Styrian GP

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Max Verstappen is favored over principal championship rival Lewis Hamilton in PointsBet F1 Styrian GP odds ahead of the June 27 race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Not only is Verstappen favored, but at +100, he is even money. Verstappen’s odds to win the pole are even greater. He has been given minus odds at -145.

Both Verstappen and Hamilton are gunning for their fourth F1 win in eight races of 2021, but Verstappen has the most recent victory in the French GP and was leading late in Azerbaijan before a tire failure sent him out of the race.

Hamilton is the next favorite with odds of +170.

One way to view American Odds is to move the decimal point two positions to the left. That will let a bettor know what they will make on a $1 bet, so the return on investment this week for Hamilton is $1.70. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Last year with schedule realignments because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, several European tracks hosted two races as opposed to their typical single events. Red Bull Ring was one of these. In the first race, Valtteri Bottas beat Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris. Hamilton finished fourth.

In the second race one week later, Hamilton’s victory came ahead of Bottas and Verstappen.

Verstappen won the two races prior last year’s doubleheader, in 2018 and 2019. Hamilton finished off the podium in both of those events.

In fact, Hamilton has earned only one podium at this track since 2016, a race he won with Verstappen in second.

No other driver is listed with better than 10/1 odds.

The only other winner this season, Sergio Perez, is listed at +1000. Perez inherited the lead of the Azerbaijan GP when his teammate Verstappen crashed. Perez held off Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly in a two-lap shootout in a race that saw both Verstappen and Hamilton finish out of the points. It was the first time Hamilton failed to score a championship point in 54 races.

Bottas is ranked fourth this week at +1300. That drags his top-three odds to +120. In seven races this season, Bottas has been on the podium three times, most recently in the Spanish GP.

With odds of +5000 for the outright win and +400 to stand on the podium, Lando Norris rounds out the top five. Norris has two podium finishes in 2021 at Imola and Monte Carlo.

In other lines, Nikita Mazepin is listed as the driver most likely to retire first at +600. Haas F1 has odds of +350 as the first constructor to retire.

Ranked second, Yuki Tsunoda, Mick Schumacher and Nicholas Latifi are each listed at +1200 to be the first retiree.

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Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, stats

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.