Paddy Power looks ahead to Spanish GP

With the Paddy Power odds up and posted for the Spanish Grand Prix, we're back on more reliable territory as far as form is concerned. As the European season begins to unfold, familiar names are springing to the top of the list

Paddy Power looks ahead to Spanish GP

With the Barcelona circuit playing to the advantages of aerodynamic efficiency and the new Ferrari F2003-GA set to make its race debut, few people are looking further than Michael Schumacher to win the Spanish Grand Prix.

The odds are not wildly exciting: 4-5 on Michael for an outright win. Rubens Barrichello in the second Ferrari is listed at 4-1 and while one of the Ferraris should be first past the flag, reliability and the race team's basic operational unfamiliarity with the car could be flies in the ointment. But, best not bet on it!

Juan Montoya finished second to Schumacher last year in a Williams that offered a much less attractive base for development than this year's FW25. The new car did not delight on its launch at the Spanish track a couple of months ago, but steady progress is being made. Montoya, at 14-1, and Ralf Schumacher at 18-1, have to make sense as solid each-way bets at one-fifth of the quoted outright win odds.

Much will depend on tyre characteristics and Renault is understood to have made a different selection to the other leading Michelin teams. The R23 is kind to its tyres and the team could therefore end up running a softer compound. The weather is expected to be hot, a Michelin plus, and it is also Fernando Alonso's home race. Ally that to the possibility of an adventurous strategy and the Spaniard at 25-1 for the pole could be an interesting long shot. For Trulli fans it's even better, the Italian offered at 40-1. If you fancy either to make it to the podium, their respective odds are 10-1 and 16-1.

McLaren is historically strong at Barcelona and I have to confess to fancying a Schumacher/Raikkonen special forecast bet once again, this time at 4-1. If you prefer the Ferrari 1-2, that is on offer at 2-1. Happy punting!

shares
comments
Chris Pook Q&A

Previous article

Chris Pook Q&A

Next article

'Sniffer' for Hendrick communications networks

'Sniffer' for Hendrick communications networks
Load comments
The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under Plus

The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under

Joey Mawson made waves in the middle of the last decade, beating future Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher - among other highly-rated talents - to the 2016 German F4 title. A run in F1's feeder GP3 category only caused his career to stall, but now back in Australia Mawson's S5000 title success has set that to rights

General
May 8, 2021
The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing Plus

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing

OPINION: The greed-driven push for a European Super League that threatened to tear football apart is collapsing at the seams. Motor racing's equivalent, the football-themed Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, was everything that the proposed ESL never could be

General
Apr 21, 2021
The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan Plus

The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan

Having had the door to F1 slammed in his face and come within three laps of winning the Indianapolis 500, the collapse of a Peugeot LMP1 shot meant Japan was Bertrand Baguette's last chance of a career. But it's one which he has grasped with both hands

General
Feb 27, 2021
The female all-rounder who arrived "too early" Plus

The female all-rounder who arrived "too early"

From Formula 3 to truck racing, Dakar and EuroNASCAR via a winning stint in the DTM, there's not much Ellen Lohr hasn't seen in a stellar racing career that highlights the merit in being a generalist. But she believes her career came too early...

General
Feb 17, 2021
How Radical's latest machines fare on track Plus

How Radical's latest machines fare on track

The lightweight sportscar manufacturer has not rewritten the rulebook with its latest machines, but the new SR3 XX and SR10 still provide a step forward on its previous successful models

General
Feb 8, 2021
The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction Plus

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction

The forthcoming Netflix film linking the world of underworld crime and motorsport plays on a theme that isn't exactly new. Over the years, several shady figures have attempted to make it in racing before their dubious dealings caught up with them

General
Jan 31, 2021
How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory Plus

How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory

The New Zealand Grand Prix's mix of rising talent and big-name stars thrilled the crowds (yes, remember crowds?) assembled for the Toyota Racing Series meeting at Hampton Downs last weekend and left distant observers craving a repeat

General
Jan 26, 2021
How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going Plus

How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going

OPINION: The 67th edition of the Macau Grand Prix might have been a largely muted affair to the outside world without its international influx and star line-ups, another victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organisers deserve huge credit for keeping the party going

General
Nov 24, 2020