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AGP odds – Get the Best Odds at Australian Grand Prix

2021 Australian Grand Prix

With the extraordinary 2020 season now behind us, we can look ahead to the 2021 curtain raiser, the Australian Grand Prix. Held at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne, this race has become the traditional season curtain raiser and returns in 2021 after the last minute Covid-19 cancellation in 2020.

The Circuit

This circuit has been a favourite amongst some fans since its introduction in 1996 and being the first race of the season tends to set the tone for the rest of the year, giving us a first glimpse of the true pace of each team.

Melbourne is a high speed, tricky circuit with a lot of high to medium speed corners that the cars have to navigate. It is 5.3km long and contains 3 DRS zones, activated by 2 separate detection points that help to enable overtaking and ensure good wheel to wheel racing.

The Contenders

The 2021 regulations are similar to 2020 relegations, with just some minor changes designed to reduce downforce introduced. That means that there is very little chance of a big shake up of the grid, and the main challengers at this race will be the same as those who challenged throughout 2020, although there are some interesting teams to keep an eye on.

Mercedes are of course favourites to take this race, and this years World Championship. Valteri Bottas disappointed many people in 2020 with his failure to challenge Lewis Hamilton, but his victory in Melbourne in 2019 makes him the most recent driver to win this race and that will stand him in good stead in 2021. Hamilton himself will be looking to get his title defence off to a flyer by taking victory here and will be firm favourite to do so.

The Red Bull of Max Verstappen edged closer and closer to the Mercedes as 2020 progressed and will be hoping a good start in Australia will be the start of a true title challenge this season. At the time of writing the second Red Bull driver was unconfirmed, but whether they stick with Alex Albon or not, they will need a better performance to really help Verstappen out.

McLaren, who ended 3rd in the Championship last year, will be receiving the all-conquering Mercedes engine this season. They will hope this coupled with the arrival of Daniel Ricciardo to partner Lando Norris will help them to push to the next level and challenge for race wins once again.

Ferrari, who had one of the most disappointing seasons in their illustrious history last year, will be hoping to put that behind them by sorting out their engine issues. If they manage this then their drivers Charles Leclerc and new boy Carlos Sainz might be able to put themselves in the mix.

Racing Point, Alpha Tauri, and Renault look to be the other 3 teams with the pace required to challenge in and around the points places.

Australian GP 2021 will be held after Australian Open 2021.