Someone actually guessed the Italian Grand Prix podium in bet of the year
Odds were 166,990 to 1
It must’ve been a childhood dream come true for Alpha Tauri driver Pierre Gasly when he successfully defended his position from McLaren’s Carlos Sainz in the final laps of the race to win the 2020 Monza Grand Prix last Sunday. However, as Gasly became the first Frenchman in 24 years to win an F1 Grand Prix, another man in Finland would’ve wished to join him on the podium. And no, he wasn’t the black magician behind Hamilton’s pit-stop debacle.
According to a Finnish publication Iltalehti, a Tampere-based punter became the sole individual to correctly predict the podium of this refreshing 2020 Monza Grand Prix. The odds for such a miraculous podium finish stood at 166,990 to 1, and yet, this gentleman was the sole punter to bet on it and win the highest payout ratio in the last ten years of a Supertripla (guessing all three winners of the game).
While his identity hasn’t been made public, his earnings indeed have breached some headlines. Betting just 20 cents under Finnish betting company Veikkaus, the man won an incredible €33,398 (or $39,373). Is this the literal example of Lady Luck facilitating a windfall gain? I guess so.
Starting the race at 10th, nobody expected Gasly to gain a podium finish, let alone win the race. Especially after the previous day’s qualifying session which saw six-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton put out the fastest lap in F1 history at the Italian circuit, also known as the Temple of Speed. However, a couple of safety car laps, engine problems for top contenders (read Bottas and Verstappen) and a red-flagged event which ultimately cost race leader Hamilton the race led to this incredible finish.
Who says F1 and lotteries are boring!?