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2016 Formula One European Grand Prix Expert Picks and Predictions

2016 Formula One European Grand Prix Expert Picks and Predictions

It’s nearly time for the next stop for the Formula One Championships. The best racers on the planet will be heading to Baku, Azerbaijan for the European Grand Prix. It’s getting plenty interesting with Lewis Hamilton closing in on Nico Rosberg’s points lead for the championship. Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix last week and now sits just nine points below the lead.

However, the Baku course is a tricky one that can confound even the best drivers. Read on as the experts sound off on their picks for the European Grand Prix. For more on this race, check out our complete preview here.

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Experts Picks and Predictions for the Formula One European Grand Prix

Bleacher Report

Expert Pick
Oliver Harden Sebastian Vettel


Oliver Harden of Bleacher Report made his pick for the European Grand Prix, and it’s surprising. Instead of perennial winners Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, the featured columnist is picking German Sebastian Vettell to win the Grand Prix from the second grid. Red Bull Racing, Vettel’s team, has seemingly gained the upper hand over Ferrari as Mercedes’ closest challenger in recent weeks.

Vettel will be aided by Red Bull Racing’s new turbocharger and revised rear suspension. He should be able to beat a flustered Rosberg and take advantage of another slow start from Hamilton to win the European Grand Prix.

Sporting Life

Expert Pick
Johnny Herbert Sebastian Vettel

Johnny Herbert of Sporting Life believes that Sebastian Vettel will be the one to win this week’s race at Baku. The German racer almost won last week’s race at Canada, but eventually finished runner-up to Lewis Hamilton. Herbert notes that the warm temperatures in Baku and the super-soft tires will play to the strengths of Ferrari, which were apparent in Canada.

Herbert also notes that the new engine upgrade should also help aplenty considering that there are no slouches on the straights, and the track at Baku has a very long straight.

Expert Pick
Chris Medland Sebastian Vettel

Chris Medland is another believer in Sebastian Vettel winning the race at Baku. He notes that the German pushed Canadian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton all the way in last week’s race. Having a racer contend with one of the favorites should bode well for Ferrari, and Vettel, as long as it can get its strategy right.

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Written by Kevin

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