The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is right around the corner as the 2023 F1 season enters its sixth round.
We have already witnessed Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Azerbaijan, and the United States, but now is the time for Europe – with Canada wedge in between – to host its fair share of GPs, starting with the action that the iconic Imola track.
When is the Emilia Romagna GP?
The Grand Prix around the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari track will occur between May 19 and 21. Two practice sessions will be held on Friday (May 19) before a final one on Saturday. On the afternoon of Saturday, they will be required to compete in qualifying, where they will then determine their position on the starting grid for Sunday’s race.
The race will start at 14:00 GMT and will feature 63 laps. This has been set as each lap of the circuit will see drivers have to navigate 4.909km (3.05 miles). There is a long straight that can be useful for the quickest drivers, while there is a total of 19 corners that need to be tackled.
Betting Preview and Tips
The Emilia Romagna GP is one of the most anticipated events of the F1 calendar as it provides bettors with a number of opportunities. They are able to identify a number of different markets due to the circuit’s layout, and they can also make informed decisions about who could do what as part of the season has already been held.
With so many different betting options available across a plethora of different markets with the top sportsbook, it can be difficult to know what to look for. Thankfully, a number of betting tips are possible to make for this race, with some clearer than others.
2023 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix odds
- Max Verstappen -250
- Sergio Perez +330
- Fernando Alonso +1200
- Lewis Hamilton +1800
- George Russell +2200
Overall race winner
If you are looking for betting markets that offer a basic experience and can be easier to enjoy, then you will want to consider the overall winner of the Emilia Romagna GP. Trying to predict which driver will win can still be very enjoyable for punters, as unpredictability still exists.
Max Verstappen is considered the current favourite for the race, and history would help to explain why he is. The Red Bull driver was the winner of the last two editions of this race, and with him in good form again as the leader in the standings, many do not expect him to slip up at a track that has proven favourable to him.
His teammate, Sergio Perez, who is second on the leaderboard, is considered the most likely to win outside Verstappen. Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton (who won in 2020) are further back.
Expect a Red Bull One-Two Podium Finish
If you want to bet on places, it may be worth considering a Red Bull one-two podium finish in this race. The duo has been incredible this season and hard to beat. If one of them has not won, the other has.
Since the 2023 F1 season began, the pair had finished in first and second together in all but one race. The only race they failed to do this was at the Australian Grand Prix when Perez finished fifth; Verstappen had managed to win that race.
It is difficult to look beyond either driver at this moment, and they should not suffer any issues in qualifying or have reliability issues with their cars. There is every chance they will be standing on the podium together again.
Imola Continues to Provide Excitement
While there have been changes to the Imola course since it returned to the F1 schedule as a permanent fixture after once being known as the San Marino GP, the Qatar Airways Emilia Romagna GP Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari continues to generate a lot of excitement.
Plenty of high-octane action takes place on the track across the weekend, and there will undoubtedly be plenty more to look forward to in 2023. Whether Red Bull takes all the spoils again remains to be seen, but it would not be a shock if they did, would it?