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

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With seven wins and 11 podiums in 15 races this year, Max Verstappen is heavily favored at PointsBet Sportsbook to win the F1 Turkish GP on October 10 in Istanbul, Turkey. Last year, Verstappen finished sixth in this race after starting on the outside of the front row.

Of the four races in which Verstappen has not finished on the podium in 2021, three were DNFs after he suffered crash damage. In what has become a hotly contested battle for the Drivers Championship, Verstappen is just two points behind Lewis Hamilton. Last week might have been disastrous for the Belgian driver after he was forced to start last in the field with an engine change, but he managed to keep the gap close by finishing second to Hamilton in the Russian GP.

With odds of -125, the only way to profitably wager on Verstappen is to find someone willing to take the opposite bet.

Last week’s winner and the current championship leader, Hamilton also faces short odds of +150. His Russian GP victory was the fifth of the season and the seventh time in the last nine races that he finished on the podium. Hamilton won last year’s Turkish GP, which was the first in the country since 2011. Hamilton was also victorious there in 2010.

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 $1.50. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

No other driver in the field has odds better than 15/1.

Ranked third this week, Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas has a line of +1800. Bottas will be leaving Mercedes at the end of the year to join Alfa Romeo. He has not yet won in 2021 with a best of second in the Austrian GP, but he has seven top-five finishes in the last nine events.

Sergio Perez is ranked fourth with odds of +2000. He began the season with a lot of momentum and eight results of sixth or better in the first nine races. In the last six races, he’s earned only one result that strong.

Lando Norris is listed at +2800 for the Turkish GP. He had nine top-fives in the first 10 races of the season, and like Perez his recent results have taken an overall turn for the worse. The highlight of his season to date came as a second-place finish to Daniel Ricciardo in the Italian GP, a race where both Verstappen and Hamilton were eliminated from contention by an accident involving the two points’ leaders.

This week, Ricciardo faces very long odds of +7000. He finished fourth in the most recent F1 race in Russia, however, and has back to back top-fives. to his credit.

After finishing eight last week in his return from COVID-19 protocols, Kimi Raikkonen remains a longshot. He is one of seven drivers in the 20-car field listed with odds of +50000.

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After multiple on-track run-ins this season, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton enter the Turkish GP with two points separating them in a hotly contested Driver Championship battle. (Photo by Andy Hone / Getty Images)

IndyCar at Texas: How to watch, start times, TV info and live streaming, schedule


The NTT IndyCar Series will head to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for its first oval race of the season and a preview of its biggest race.

After Sunday’s PPG 375 at Texas, the next oval on the schedule is May 28 with the 107th running of the Indy 500. Chip Ganassi Racing dominated last year’s 500-miler at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after placing all four of its Dallara-Hondas in the top 10 at Texas.

The Dallara-Chevrolets of Team Penske also will be heavy favorites at Texas. Josef Newgarden passed teammate Scott McLaughlin on the final lap for the victory last year as Penske took three of the top four (with defending series champion Will Power in fourth).

Texas marks the first of five oval races for IndyCar, which also will visit Iowa Speedway and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. There are 28 drivers entered for the 36th IndyCar race at Texas, the series’ most at the track since 30 in June 2011.

Scott Dixon has a series-high five victories at Texas, mostly recently in May 2021. Helio Castroneves (four wins), Newgarden (two) and Power (two) also are multiple winners at Texas.

Here are the details and IndyCar start times for the PPG 375 race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway (all times are ET):


TV: Sunday, noon ET on NBC and streaming on Peacock, the NBC Sports App and Leigh Diffey is the announcer with analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe (whose first career IndyCar victory came at St. Petersburg 10 years ago).

Marty Snider and Dave Burns are the pit reporters. Telemundo Deportes on Universo will provide a Spanish-language telecast. Click here for the full NBC Sports schedule for IndyCar in 2023.

Peacock also will be the streaming broadcast for both practices and qualifying and Indy NXT races. (Click here for information on how to sign up for Peacock.)


GREEN FLAG: 12:15 p.m. ET

POSTRACE SHOW ON PEACOCK: After the race’s conclusion, an exclusive postrace show will air on Peacock with driver interviews, postrace analysis and the podium presentation. To watch the extended postrace show, click over to the special stream on Peacock after the race ends.

Peacock also will be the streaming broadcast for practices and qualifying.

INDYCAR RADIO NETWORK: The IndyCar and Indy Lights races and all practices and qualifying sessions will air live on network affiliates, SiriusXM 160, and the IndyCar app.

PRACTICE: Saturday sessions at 9 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (Peacock Premium), 1:45 p.m.

PRACTICE RESULTS: Session I l Session II

QUALIFYING: Saturday, 12:15 p.m. (Peacock Premium)

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the grid at Texas

RACE DISTANCE: The race is 250 laps (375 miles) on a 1.5-mile oval in Fort Worth, Texas

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Eleven primary sets to be used during practice, qualifying and the race. An extra set will be available to cars in the high-line practice session.

FORECAST: According to, it’s expected to be 67 degrees with a 71% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 28 cars entered


(All times are Eastern)

Friday, March 31

11 a.m.: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series garage opens

1 p.m.: IndyCar garage opens

3-7 p.m.: IndyCar technical inspection

5 p.m.: IndyCar drivers, team managers meeting

Saturday, April 1

6 a.m.: IndyCar garage opens

8 a.m.: Truck garage opens

9-9:10 a.m.: IndyCar two-stage pit speed limiter practice

9:10-10 a.m.: IndyCar practice (Peacock Premium)

10:30-noon a.m.: Truck practice

12:15-1:15 p.m.: IndyCar qualifying (Peacock Premium)

1:45-2:15 p.m.: IndyCar high-line practice, two groups for 15 minutes apiece (Peacock Premium)

2:30-3:30 p.m.: IndyCar final practice (Peacock Premium)

4:30 p.m.: Truck race (147 laps, 220.5 miles)

Sunday, April 2

7:30 a.m.: IndyCar garage, technical inspection open

11:30 a.m.: Driver introductions

Noon: PPG 375 at Texas (NBC)


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