Formula 1 betting: the role of the race track

The F1 2023 season has already started and the sport’s fans are really enjoying the fact that for a full 9-month period and up until the end of November, they will be able to watch their favorite drivers and favorite teams race in the 23 Grand Prix that have been listed in this year’s schedule. 

Betting wise, the beginning of the F1 2023 season has also hyped punters, who have 23 different events, maining 23 different opportunities to make their predictions and forecasts, test their betting skills, utilize a potential edge they have and place their bets with the hope of winning and generating profits. 

Books and totalizators have already gotten prepared to absorb the large volume of wagers that is going to be generated for all F1 bets including outright bets, prop bets and in-play bets, among others. Interestingly, there are so many exciting and attractive bets, that punters will find it difficult to resist. 

Given the rich activity of F1 as well as the appealing betting markets, it is important that you as bettors gain a good understanding of one of the most critical factors that can influence the course of a race and consequently the result of any given Grand Prix. 

This factor is no other than the circuit itself. 

The F1 circuit is on its own a very special factor that affects the F1 drivers. But how?

First of all, we need to admit that every circuit is vastly different from one another. There are some easy race tracks, there are some very exciting race tracks and there are some risky and challenging tracks. 

We can’t ignore their role, because their effects on the drivers’ behaviour, confidence, stress, enthusiasm and adrenaline become obvious in the drivers’ performance and of course on the results.

Some circuits bring the best out of drivers and others make them really anxious and overwhelmed. The truth is that drivers have preferences and this tells on how they perform in each track. They tend to be more efficient and fast in tracks that they are comfortable with and experienced and they tend to be less effective in tracks which don’t suit their driving style or their idiosyncratic nature. 

Tracks with twisty corners, steep turns and tight changes might suit those drivers who are more comfortable with low average speed and control, whereas tracks with long straights might suit those drivers who are more proficient in speed.  

Take the case of the Singapore Grand Prix, which is one of the most challenging  tracks of all. Not only it features 23 corners, which makes it really stressful to control the car, it also takes place at night as it is a night race and this puts an extra burden for drivers. And on top of these, the heat and the humidity make some drivers’ really uncomfortable. Still, however, no matter how challenging and difficult this track is, there are some drivers who manage to perform remarkably well compared to others who generally mess things up!

Overall, the circuit influences the mood, the morale and the confidence of drivers. So, doing some research on your own becomes very useful in F1 betting, because looking at circuits’ history, key features and characteristics as well as how drivers have performed in the past in specific tracks, can give you more clues and can be very handy when placing your wagers.