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Spanish Grand Prix predictions: Verstappen to rule again in Barcelona
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Max Verstappen will again be the man to beat in Barcelona
Max Verstappen will again be the man to beat in Barcelona

- Max Verstappen has won 13 of the last 17 Grands Prix
- Lewis Hamilton has finished on the podium in eight Spanish Grands Prix
- Alpine have had both drivers in the top ten in three of the six races this season

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Max Verstappen to win
Lewis Hamilton to finish on the podium
Alpine double points finish

The Formula One roadshow heads to Barcelona this weekend for the Spanish Grand Prix and, once again, Max Verstappen is 2/5 with LiveScore Bet to make it three Grands Prix wins in succession.

The defending world champion ended a run of five consecutive Spanish Grand Prix victories for Lewis Hamilton when he won at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last year and, after yet another dominant display in Monaco, it will take a miracle to stop the Red Bull man in Barcelona.

Verstappen has now won four of the six Grands Prix this season and finished on the second step of the podium in the other two, with Red Bull taking victory in every race so far to build a massive 129-point lead in the World Constructors’ Championship.

Lewis Hamilton should be challenging for a podium finish in Spain
Lewis Hamilton should be challenging for a podium finish in Spain

Mercedes upgrades make promising debut

Hamilton, alongside Michael Schumacher, is the joint-most successful driver in history at the Spanish Grand Prix and, while a race win could be a step too far against the Red Bull duo, a ninth podium at this track may be within his and Mercedes’ grasp.

The long-awaited upgrades to the underperforming Mercedes W14 were originally scheduled to debut at Imola, before the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix was cancelled.

Instead, the upgraded car made its first appearance at the outlier that is the Monaco Grand Prix, performing admirably as Hamilton and team-mate George Russell finished fourth and fifth respectively.

The former pre-season testing venue of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya should offer Mercedes some more representative data on how the upgrades have impacted the car’s performance.

However, the early signs are positive and they should be able to challenge Aston Martin for the third step on the podium.

Hamilton, at a track he has enjoyed great success at, can be backed at 1/7 with LiveScore Bet to make the podium.

Alpine out to prove Rossi wrong

Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi fired public criticism at his team in early May, warning them that mid-season changes would be made if performances do not improve.

Strangely, this came after the team secured a double-points finish in the Miami Grand Prix and the French team, and they followed this up with a sensational performance in Monaco.

Esteban Ocon earned the team its first podium since the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix around the streets of Monte Carlo and team-mate Pierre Gasly split the Ferraris to finish seventh, with the duo more than doubling Alpine’s points in the process.

Ocon and then team-mate Fernando Alonso both scored points in last year’s Spanish Grand Prix and the 26-year-old Frenchman took a ninth-place finish in the 2021 instalment.

Alpine have finished with both drivers in the points in three of the six Grands Prix so far this season and have shown marked signs of improvement since a disastrous Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

They can be backed at 3/10 with LiveScore Bet for a double points finish in Barcelona.

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