The astronomical odds in the bets that were paid for the podium of Monza: 166,990 euros to one

The astronomical odds in the bets that were paid for the podium of Monza: 166,990 euros to one

A Finnish bettor pocketed more than 33,000 euros for the unexpected role of Gasly, Sainz and Stroll.

The astronomical odds in the bets that were paid for the podium of Monza: 166,990 euros to one

The surprises at the Italian GP triggered several unusual events in the recent history of Formula 1. For the first time since 2012, no Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull drivers took the podium, occupied by Pierre Gasly , Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll . Alpha Tauri's first victory, 12 years after Sebastian Vettel's with Toro Rosso, also caused a great upheaval in the bookmakers, which had to pay the highest odds in the last 10 years.

The most striking case was leaked by Veikkaus, the Finnish state-owned gaming operator. According to this body, a bettor from the city of Tampere pocketed 33,410 euros for his choice of the trio of pilots who would go on to the podium at Monza. The winner had only bet 20 cents on Veikkaus' odds, which stood at 166,990: 1.

The Finnish house confirmed that it is the highest quota of the last decade, almost triple the one it delivered three years ago at the Azerbaijan GP. So the podium for Daniel Ricciardo , Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll in Baku paid off at 63,467: 1. Three bettors then won just over 13,000 euros.

“A victory for this sport”

The atypical Monza Sunday was decided after a serious mistake by Mercedes, which triggered a 'stop and go' for Lewis Hamilton , absolute dominator since Friday's free practice. It was the first race since 2013 in which the victory slipped away for Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

“It was a defeat for Mercedes, but a victory for this sport,” said Toto Wolff , head of the Silver Arrows. “It is refreshing to see that podium, with young drivers fighting in the lead,” added the Austrian, who this weekend will try to redeem himself at Mugello, where the GP of Tuscany is held.

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