Expect Major Upgrades To Formula One Cars At Spanish Grand Prix

Written By Nicole Russo on May 18, 2022
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While many Formula 1 teams debuted minor upgrades at the Miami Grand Prix, fans can expect to see major packages added to the cars just in time for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. Alpine, Red Bull, and Ferrari have all confirmed upgrades ahead of the race this weekend. As it stands now, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is once again the F1 betting favorite to win this weekend according to the latest F1 odds.

Spanish Grand Prix F1 Odds

Max Verstappen
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+115
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+110
Charles Leclerc
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+115
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+150
Carlos Sainz Jr.
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+850
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+800
Lewis Hamilton
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+1200
Sergio Perez
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+2200
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+2000
George Russell
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Valtteri Bottas
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Fernando Alonso
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Lando Norris
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Daniel Ricciardo
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Expect A Slew Of Upgrades From Multiple Teams

The Spanish Grand Prix regularly sees cars testing out new upgrades, and this year will be no different. Alpine, Red Bull, and Ferrari have all spoken publicly about their plans for the cars ahead of the sixth race of the season.

Ferrari is planning on a season-long battle with Red Bull, and it is a battle the Scuderia is just barely winning. Charles Leclerc is 19 points ahead of Max Verstappen in the Driver’s Championship and Ferrari is just six points ahead of Red Bull in the Constructor’s.

Ferrari Needs To Respond To Red Bull’s Dominance

When the Red Bull car actually finishes a race, it looks untouchable. Just last weekend, Sergio Perez secured P4 after losing approximately 20% of his engine’s power.

Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto knows his team needs to fire back after Red Bull has won the last two races, saying, “We can’t be completely happy with today’s race because, although the F1-75 was competitive, our rivals were a few tenths per lap quicker than us.”

Ferrari installed new front and rear wings in Miami, and it is expected the team will also introduce a new floor in Spain in addition to new skids.

The team will also likely use a new diffuser to optimize the extraction of airflow from below the car. This element will be the biggest factor in helping Ferrari boost performance and hopefully reduce porpoising.

Red Bull Not Standing Idly By

Red Bull is also expected to introduce upgrades in Spain that help reduce the weight of the car. The team introduced a lighter floor in Imola, reducing the car’s weight by about nine pounds, and are hoping to continue to lighten the load by another 15 pounds in Barcelona.

The car is inching closer to the required weight minimum, which should help make the RB18 more aerodynamic.

There were rumors in Miami that the team had already used up 75% of its budget for the season, but it seems as though those rumors are unfounded.

Red Bull’s Senior Advisor Helmut Marko refuted Ferrari’s claims that the team has used up most of its budget.

We plan our updates in such a way that we always lose weight with each update, because unfortunately we still haven’t reached the minimum weight. And we won’t quite reach it with the next update either. I don’t think we are in a significantly different position to Ferrari in this regard. Especially since I wonder what effect it has on them that Carlos Sainz has already crashed the car several times. That can’t be cheap.”

Alpine Hoping Upgrades Bring The Team Out Of Its Slump

Alpine will deploy a new rear wing in Spain in hopes of making its car more efficient. So far this season, Fernando Alonso has struggled with the car, only scoring two points.

His teammate, Esteban Ocon, has performed better, scoring 24 points throughout the first five races, but there’s no doubt the team wants to give Alonso confidence in the car.

The Alpine has shown pace so far but continues to struggle with reliability issues. The team is hopeful the new rear wing will allow the car to regularly fight for a spot at the front of the midfield.

Betting Head-To-Head Matchups At The Spanish GP

This track isn’t historically the best when it comes to overtaking, so it all might come down to qualifying for this one.

When looking at head-to-head matchups, there are two areas of opportunity I like for bettors at BetMGM Sportsbook when scouring the F1 odds.

Esteban Ocon has been an extremely reliable driver for Alpine this season, securing 24 points for the team and four top-10 finishes. He has beaten Alonso in almost every race but is still +135 to beat Alonso this weekend at BetMGM. This is Alonso’s home race, so he will be fighting hard to perform well in it, but you can’t ignore past performance over the last five races.

The same holds true when taking a look at George Russell over Lewis Hamilton. Russell is the only driver to secure a top-five finish in every race so far this season and is 23 points ahead of Hamilton in the Driver’s Championship.

George gambled in the Miami GP that he would be able to pit during a safety car and that gamble paid off, allowing him to finish one spot ahead of his teammate last weekend. Russell is currently -105 in a head-to-head against Hamilton (-135).

Spanish Grand Prix Dates, Times

Date: Sunday, May 22

Time: 9 am ET

Network: ESPN

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Nicole Russo is the Brand Content Strategist for TheLines.com. Previously, she covered the gambling industries in Tennessee and Indiana as a content editor for PlayTenn.com and PlayIndiana.com. She comes from the world of poker, leading the marketing efforts for online poker in Nevada and New Jersey with the WSOP. Russo also assisted with the marketing efforts for the Caesars Sportsbook launch in 2019.

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