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2024 Formula 1 Bahrain GP- Verstappen wins opening race of 2024

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  • Formula One 2024 Bahrain GP Predictions
  • Expectation of Max Verstappen winning the opening race of the 2024 F1 season in Bahrain.
  • Ferrari and Mercedes identified as most improved teams after winter testing, creating potential competition.
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Max Verstappen to win from pole in Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

2024 Formula 1 Bahrain GP Tips- Verstappen Pole to Victory in Bahrain


There is not a soul on the planet that is not picking Max Verstappen to win the opening race of the 2024 Formula 1 season. And I’m not planning to start the year throwing out crazy unrealistic theories. Verstappen Pole. Verstappen Win!
  • 2024 Formula 1 Bahrain GP Tips- Verstappen Pole to Victory in Bahrain
  • 2024 Formula 1 Bahrain GP Qualifying Best Bet
  • 2024 Formula 1 Bahrain GP Best Bet
  • 2024 Formula 1 Bahrain GP Points Finish Best Bet
  • Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Frequently Asked Questions

Red Bull’s testing just last weekend in Sakhir, in Bahrain, was flawless for two-time reigning champion Max Verstappen. The Red Bull team were focusing on long-run simulations and keeping the cards close to their chest when it comes to raw pace, just as they do every year. Mercedes look like to be the most improved team after the winter, however, the Ferraris showed that they have great pace once again, although tyred degradation will be the question heading into the first race of the season.

The track at Sakhir is brutal on the tyres and it will be a great test come race day to see if any of the teams can compete with the Red Bull and their immaculate tyre-wear setup, which no other constructor could compete with last season. 

Good straight line performance is a must at Bahrain, however, finding the balance between top speed and the ability for heavy braking and finding pace in the low-speed corners is the challenge in Bahrain. 

The three DRS zones should be good for more overtaking this season and we can expect a two-stop strategy for most teams who will run a blend of soft and hard tyres.

2024 Formula 1 Bahrain GP Qualifying Best Bet


Qualifying was the only vulnerability for Max Verstappen and Red Bull last season, despite the Austrian manufacturer taking 14 of a possible 22 poles, with Verstappen fastest 12 times and his partner Sergio Perez taking two.

The Ferrari’s raw pace shined in qualifying in 2023 with the Italian team claiming 7 pole positions with Charles Leclerc fastest in 5 races and Carlos Sainz in two. 

Many have tipped Leclerc and the Ferrari to take pole, but that is out of fear of being boring. I don’t have such a problem and will be backing Verstappen to be the fastest in qualifying on Friday.

2024 Formula 1 Bahrain GP Best Bet


No one is touching Verstappen in the first race of the season. The Dutchman will lead from pole and will never look back, disappearing into the night lights and not to be seen until the end of the race.

All the action will be behind, just like last season. The battle will likely be between the Ferrari’s and the Mercedes after McLaren looked to have some early reliability issues in testing and have no good data in Bahrain after a tumultuous race in 2023.

The Scuderia looked like they will bring pace into the 2024 season and have hype that they have eradicated their tyre degradation issues from 2023, Bahrain will be the perfect opportunity to prove that to their fans and I expect them to be fighting for the podium and will lay a couple of extra units on the prancing horses to both finish in the top six.

2024 Formula 1 Bahrain GP Points Finish Best Bet


We obviously need to celebrate the return of Daniel Ricciardo permanently to the F1 paddock by laying a bet that he will finish on the podium in Bahrain…… I mean in the points. 

I am surprised that he is so short at $1.61 for a top-10 finish, but I am honestly expecting that the Visa Cash App RB will be in contention behind the top 5 teams and will fight for points in most races. 

There is a lot of expectation on the Aussie Ricciardo’s return and if he can perform well the rumours will begin to fly again that he is being prepped to take over from Sergio Perez, especially if the Mexican struggles in the first few races. 

Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the Formula 1 Bahrain GP start?

The Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix starts at 2:00 AM AEST on Sunday, March 3.

What Channel is the Formula 1 Bahrain GP on?

You can watch the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix on Fox Sports.

Verdict

Verstappen pole to race win is the bet of the weekend.
 
Look out for the Ferraris to be ahead of the rest and Danny Ric to sneak into the points in his return to F1.
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