If adrenaline, speed and action are your thing, chances are you are already a Formula 1 nut, and if you are passionate about the fastest sport in the world, chances are you like to place a bet or two.
If that’s the case then you have come to the right place as we go over some of the key areas that are worth looking at before betting on Formula 1.
Study the form
Unlike most sports which almost wholly down to the skill of the individual – be it in an individual or team sport - Formula 1 has some many different factors than can contribute to a driver taking the chequered flag on race day. He must have the quickest car and the best pit crew before he can even get anywhere near the front of the grid – and that is what you can take advantage of. There are plenty of formula 1 blogs out there for you to take advantage of their technical knowledge can be your weapon against the bookie! Technical information is often the downfall for most looking to bet on formula 1, so with the likes of BBC Sport offering good straight-forward, easy to understand information, a check around the web could pay dividends.
Know your tracks
The greatest influence behind the raw speed of the car is the characteristics of the circuit. Do your research, find out who the track suits and why, you will be surprised at the different factors that can affect the outcome of a race. Turkey, for example is known for being tough on tyres so keep your ear to the ground on sites like planetf1 and Autosport offer unrivalled coverage in the build up to a race, so pay attention to what those guys have to say and reap the rewards of their knowledge, especially on the different circuits.
Podium finishes pay off
This season in particular, the top step of the podium looks likely to e permanently filled by Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. While the pair continue to maintain their monopoly of pole position, have a look further down the field for a better return on your odds. Ferrari Mercedes and McLaren are all locked in a duel for the scraps Red Bull leave behind, while Renault have already secured two podium finishes this year and could be in with a real shout of making an impact.
The 2011 season has already caused a stir after a series of new rules were introduced to increase the amount of over-taking manoeuvres, meaning the sport is a more open contest than ever – so back a lesser name that has looked good in practice or qualifying , get a better return than ever, and watch your man charge up the field.