Formula 1 returns after a three-week break as the teams move to Italy for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

This is the second consecutive year a race has been held at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, with last year’s race the first at Imola since the 2006 San Marino Grand Prix.

Best Bet

Lewis Hamilton

Outright Betting

Yes, it’s pretty boring to pick one of the greatest drivers of all time as your Best Bet, but to be honest, $2.25 for a man who’s won the last four world championships and took the chequered flag here last year makes pretty good sense. Even after a questionable pre-season testing session and less-than-ideal Bahrain practices, Hamilton came out and held off the challenge of Max Verstappen to win the opening race of the year. Add a few tweaks from Mercedes over the past few weeks and you’d think Hamilton is your go-to guy.

Next Best

Max Verstappen

Outright Betting

The Wolf’s flip-flopped his Best Bet and Next Bet from last week and that might be the way it goes for much of the year. Max Verstappen’s Red Bull dominated practice and qualifying at Bahrain and he nearly got the job done in the race too, only falling victim to somewhat controversial track limits. Last year at Imola the Dutchman racked up a DNF thanks to a late tyre puncture; let’s hope he’s not as unlucky this weekend.

Value Bet

Nikita Mazepin

First Driver To Retire

The Russian rookie didn’t finish a lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix, spinning off as he came out of turn 3. All jokes and memes aside, there are questions over his transition from Formula 2 to F1 and whether his spot in the Haas team has more to do with his billionaire Dad’s rubles rather than his skill set. The Wolf’s not saying he’ll go out as early as he did in Bahrain but combine his lack of experience, his struggles so far and an average Haas car and this looks like a decent proposition.

Ricciardo Bet

Daniel Ricciardo

Top 6 Finish

Each week we pick a bet involving Aussie driver Daniel Ricciardo. To be honest, we haven’t had enough time to properly assess the McLaren and while Ricciardo finished on the podium at Imola last year, that’s probably an unrealistic expectation for the second race of the season. Let’s go safe again (caveat: it didn’t pan out last race) with another Top 6 finish.