Hamilton is considered the favorite for the Spanish Grand Prix, Mercedes believes in Russell

The current season in Formula One may overturn the traditional pattern in royal racing. As Beton.ng notes, the leader of the overall standings is Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen is almost twenty points behind and Lewis Hamilton is not even in the top 5. There is an interesting race ahead in Spain.

Bookmaker 1xBet published a betting rate on the victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. The bookmakers consider the Briton to be the favorite of the race in Barcelona, but the chances of the Dutch rider are about the same level. In the 1xBet app, Hamilton’s chances of winning are estimated at a coefficient of 2.10, Verstappen’s – 2.15.

Aston Martin is preparing serious upgrades for the Spanish Grand Prix. In Barcelona, Aston Martin will bring “half a new car,” writes FormulaPassion.it. The team will leave the wide pontoons, but greatly narrowed the rear. Perhaps the car will become a mini-copy of Ferrari.

There are also noted difficulties with the supply of materials, which is experiencing a British team. Because of this there is a risk that in Spain will come only one new chassis. It is unclear who in this case will get a machine – Sebastian Vettel or Lance Stroll. Aston Martin now takes the penultimate line in the Cup of designers with six points. Vettel scored four points and Stroll scored two.

Red Bull is also updating its budget. Team bosses may have already spent 75 percent of the annual budget allocated to car upgrades. According to the editor of the Italian Motorsport, the budget of each team to refine the car during the season this year could be about ten million dollars. It is noted that, if necessary, the team may redistribute the budget and allocate to work with updates of a larger amount.

Also starting with this season, the FIA obliged the teams formally openly report about the novelties, which they are preparing for the Grand Prix. And according to a rough calculation of new items, which the team Red Bull team has already brought to the Grand Prix in the current season, cost about 75% of the budget of the updates. In this case in the Mercedes, according to the same calculations, have already brought a novelty, the amount exceeding ten million dollars.

As for Mercedes, the team is excited about George Russell’s progress. This driver finished in the points for the sixth consecutive race for Mercedes, finishing fifth at the Miami Grand Prix. Russell has not fallen out of the top-five this year. In addition, George finished ninth at the Sahir 2020 Grand Prix, his first race for Mercedes. At Williams, Russell has not earned points in forty-seven consecutive rounds in 2019-2021.

Previously, only five-time Formula One champion Juan-Manuel Fangio managed to earn points in his first six races for the German team in 1954. On three previous occasions Mercedes drivers had scored points in the first four races for a new team, but stumbled at the Spanish Grand Prix. This happened to Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in 2010, 2013 and 2017, respectively.