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Free Formula 1 tips, best bets and analysis for the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on Sunday

where to watch

Sky Sports F1, 2 p.m. Sunday

Best bets

George Russell’s catwalk
1pt 7-4 general

Sergio Perez’s podium
1pt 11-5 Hills

Race preview

In Formula 1, there’s no better place to start than up front, and statistically there’s no better place to start up front than Barcelona.

However, despite missing out on pole position, Max Verstappen is the favorite to win the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of poleman and championship leader Charles Leclerc.

Ferrari driver Leclerc spun on his first attempt in the final qualifying session but set a perfect lap at the end as Verstappen ran into technical issues.

Poor reliability is the reason Red Bull are not dominating the championship and that must be a concern for punters considering backing the Dutchman at no bigger than peers to win this race.

However, despite their qualifying speed, there are still more question marks over Ferrari.

They have struggled with tire degradation all season and the problem looked worse than ever in Friday practice. Another hot day is expected, which will not help matters.

Lewis Hamilton won in Spain last year, overtaking Verstappen after making an extra pit stop.

This could prompt Ferrari to adopt a two-stop strategy to compensate for their tire wear issues, but it remains to be seen if they have enough of a lead on the pace for it to work.

Mercedes appear to have taken a leap forward in performance after a disastrous start to the season by their standards.

The team have won the last eight constructors’ championships, but have managed no better than third places for Hamilton and George Russell this season.

They were close enough to keep Ferrari and Red Bull on their toes in qualifying, and looked even better during their mock races in practice.

It could be significant that the Silver Arrows were the fastest cars in the first sector, which contains the only overtaking opportunity on the track.

Russell had the edge over Hamilton all weekend and the young Briton could be worth the bet to step onto the podium for the second time this season.

Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez should also be able to advance in the race.

An engine problem robbed the Mexican of the chance of a third consecutive podium in Miami last time out and Perez also deserves support to reach the top three in Barcelona.

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