Max Verstappen is favourite to beat Lewis Hamilton for the first time in two years and DENY Brit at Bahrain GP

RED BULL ace Max Verstappen is favourite to beat Lewis Hamilton for the first time in two years with the bookies.

Seven-time world champion Hamilton has been the bookies' favourite in every race he's taken part in over the last two seasons following Mercedes' dominance.

But after Verstappen was fastest in pre-season testing, Betfair have installed the 23-year-old as the favourite to win the season opener in Bahrain.

Verstappen's odds have been cut to 6/4.

Traders slashed his price after he topped the time sheets at testing in Bahrain earlier this month.

While Hamilton has drifted to 13/8 to win the first race of the season as he eyes his record EIGHTH world championship.

Hamilton left the paddock stunned as he spun off twice and Valtteri Bottas complained the Mercedes car was "quite snappy and unforgiving".

Betfair: F1 Bahrain GP odds

  • Max Verstappen – 6/4
  • Lewis Hamilton – 13/8
  • Valtteri Bottas – 6/1
  • Sergio Perez – 6/1
  • Daniel Ricciardo – 25/1
  • Lando Norris – 50/1

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Betfair have received 50 per cent more bets on Verstappen than they have on Hamilton ahead of the season opener.

Although after seeing Mercedes drop the ball at testing, ex-drivers and pundits believe the defending champions could have been sandbagging ahead of the opening race.

And Betfair expect these prices to shift ahead of the race on Sunday.

(Odds correct at time of publication)

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