How to bet on formula 1


The Formula 1 season includes about 20 stages. Some stages are stable on the calendar, others change. Permanent races are more prestigious, so it is honorable to win a Grand Prix in Monaco, Belgium or Italy.

Every Formula One Grand Prix consists of 3 parts: free (test) runs, qualifying and the race. During free practice pilots test the track, get used to it, and during qualifying they are allocated a starting position in the race. Free races are held on Friday, qualification on Saturday and the race on Sunday.

The number of teams in Formula 1 is also subject to change. In the 2020 season, there are 10 teams in the racing series, each represented by two drivers.

The key rules that will help to understand the essence of Formula 1 races:

  • The distance of the race must be at least 305 km (the exception is Monaco) and last no longer than two hours. If during this time the first car does not finish, the race is stopped, and the lap in which the leader was, is considered to be the last;
  • Qualifying drivers are defined as those who are not disqualified and have completed at least 90% of the winner's laps. That is, if the winner of the race passed 60 laps, the drivers who passed at least 54 laps will be considered qualified;
  • At pit stops (stops according to the choice of the driver and the team) it is possible to change tires. Number of pit stops is usually 1 - 3. The pit lane speed must be reduced to 100 km / h, and in free rallies and urban Grand Prix - to 60 km / h;
  • The first ten drivers by the results of the race are awarded points. They are distributed in the following order (from 1st place to 10th): 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1;
  • A maximum of four drivers from one team per season can be fielded;
  • sometimes a safety car or "pace car" may appear on the track. It is used when there is a real danger to drivers, fans or other competitors on the road, and it is not yet possible to stop the race.


Qualifying races are not characterized by a wide spread. Bookmakers believe that the volume of bets on this type of competition will be small, and therefore do not spend resources.

Usually the choice of markets for parimatch register predictions is limited to the comparison of pilots and the winner of qualifying. The odds in Formula 1 when betting on qualifying are usually very different, as betting shops offer two representatives of the same team for comparisons. But teams think through their tactics in advance and choose two pilots one of which is obviously stronger.

There is a 99% probability of predicting which Ferrari, Mercedes or another team will finish higher in qualification. True, and the odds on the superiority of the favorite will be miniscule.

The race

For the main race, bookmakers offer a wider line. You can bet not only on the victory of one of the pilots or on the comparison. The most common types of online bets on Formula 1:

  • Which place a particular driver will take in the final classification (1 to 3, 4 to 6, etc.);
  • Whether a particular driver will reach the finish line (whether the withdrawal from the course). If a rider has driven 90% of the course but has not crossed the finish line, he/she will not be considered to have retired;
  • On the number (total) of finishers;
  • Popular bets are made on whether or not a safety car hits the track. It depends on the track - on narrow tracks the probability of a safe car is higher;
  • Fastest lap - which of the drivers will be the fastest on a single lap.