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    Three races remain of the 2021 season and this weekend we have a brand new Grand Prix at Qatar. So who's favourite to win, take pole, and nab fastest lap at Losail International Circuit?

    188BET's odds are presented in decimal form: for every $1 wagered you would win the figure represented by the odds; so if Max Verstappen is favourite at 1.50, you would win $1.50 for every dollar bet.

    The odds for the win

    Lewis Hamilton was rapid in Brazil, overturning a back-of-grid start to finish fifth in the Sprint before prying the lead off Max Verstappen in Sunday's Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

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    It was quite the display, but will he be able to show the same pace in Qatar and take victory at this relatively unknown circuit? Or is it the Red Bull driver's turn to come back and extend his lead past 14 points?

    As for Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez, will either of them be able to score a victory here? The odds are below.

    • Lewis Hamilton 1.65
    • Max Verstappen 2.60
    • Valtteri Bottas 15.0
    • Sergio Perez 17.0
    • Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz 67.0
    • Daniel Ricciardo, Pierre Gasly 151
    • Esteban Ocon, Fernando Alonso, George Russell, Sebastian Vettel 301
    • Lance Stroll, Kimi Raikkonen, Mick Schumacher, Nicholas Latifi, Antonio Giovinazzi, Nikita Mazepin, Yuki Tsunoda 601
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    There's no Sprint this weekend and just 14 points separate the top two drivers

    The odds for who will be fastest in qualifying

    Last time out in Brazil we had the Sao Paulo Sprint, which set the starting order for the Grand Prix, but here in Qatar normal service resumes and it's the Saturday qualifying session that dictates the grid for Sunday.

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    As a result of winning the Sprint, Valtteri Bottas has taken three of the last five pole positions, with Lando Norris and Max Verstappen having taken one apiece. And Bottas is on a run of two consecutive poles as well.

    But it was Hamilton who aced the conventional qualifying session on Friday in Brazil and he is favourite to do so here – only just.

    • Lewis Hamilton 2.00
    • Max Verstappen 2.60
    • Valtteri Bottas 7.50
    • Sergio Perez 15.0
    • Charles Leclerc 34.0
    • Lando Norris, Pierre Gasly, Carlos Sainz 67.0
    • Daniel Ricciardo, George Russell 151
    • Yuki Tsunoda, Fernando Alonso, Lance Stroll, Sebastian Vettel 301
    • Kimi Raikkonen, Mick Schumacher, Nicholas Latifi, Antonio Giovinazzi, Nikita Mazepin, Esteban Ocon 601
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    Max Verstappen has taken nine pole positions in 2021

    The odds for a podium finish

    The Sao Paulo Grand Prix saw the two Mercedes drivers – Bottas and Hamilton – land on the podium for the first time since the Netherlands Grand Prix, where Verstappen won at home.

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    Since then we've seen McLaren take a one-two, Carlos Sainz take a podium, and Red Bull have both drivers in the top three in Turkey, the US and Mexico.

    We don't know for sure who will have the upper hand in Qatar but we know it'll once again be a close fight between Red Bull and Mercedes. The odds reflect that.

    • Lewis Hamilton 1.25
    • Max Verstappen 1.35
    • Valtteri Bottas 1.65
    • Sergio Perez 2.50
    • Charles Leclerc 5.00
    • Carlos Sainz 6.00
    • Lando Norris 7.00
    • Pierre Gasly 8.50
    • Daniel Ricciardo 11.0
    • Sebastian Vettel 17.0
    • Fernando Alonso 26.0
    • Fernando Alonso, George Russell, Yuki Tsunoda 34.0
    • Lance Stroll 41.0
    • Mick Schumacher 101
    • Kimi Raikkonen, Nicholas Latifi, Antonio Giovinazzi, Nikita Mazepin 251
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    Will Hamilton and Bottas land on the podium again this weekend?

    The odds for fastest lap

    Hamilton's towering pace saw the Briton hold fastest lap in Brazil – right until Perez was sent into the pits late on to swipe it away and take the bonus point with an effort of 1m11.010s.

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    Again, Qatar represents something of an unknown when it comes to who will find success here, but so is the fight for fastest lap – which often falls to the driver who has a big enough gap for a free late pit stop and a spare set of softs in their armoury.

    Hamilton has five fastest laps this season ahead of team mate Bottas and rival Verstappen, who have four each – while Perez has two.

    • Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen 2.85
    • Sergio Perez 5.00
    • Valtteri Bottas 5.50
    • Charles Leclerc 17.0
    • Carlos Sainz 29.0
    • Lando Norris 34.0
    • Pierre Gasly, Daniel Ricciardo 41.0
    • George Russell 101
    • Antonio Giovinazzi, Esteban Ocon, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Lance Stroll, Mick Schumacher, Nicholas Latifi, Nikita Mazepin, Sebastian Vettel, Yuki Tsunoda 251
    Sergio Perez takes DHL Fastest Lap Award at 2021 São Paulo Grand Prix

    What are the odds for which team will take the most points?

    Last weekend in Brazil, for the first time since Turkey, Mercedes managed to outscore Red Bull. That ended a run of two races in which Red Bull scored 40 points and caught up to Mercedes in the constructors' championship, and put the Silver Arrows' lead at 11.

    • Mercedes 1.60
    • Red Bull 2.10
    • Ferrari 29.0
    • McLaren 41.0
    • AlphaTauri 81.0
    • Alpine 126
    • Aston Martin, Williams 151
    • Alfa Romeo, Haas 251

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    The odds for a Safety Car appearing during the race

    There's no precedent for Safety Car appearances in Qatar as we haven't had a Grand Prix here. In 19 races this season, there have been 12 Safety Car deployments, most recently one in Brazil.

    Yes 1.50
    No 2.40

    Odds supplied by 188BET – odds are in USD$ and timestamped November 17 2021, 1134 GMT.