Formula 1 Betting: Chinese Grand Prix Preview

Kevin Stott

Thursday, April 12, 2018 8:53 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018 8:53 PM UTC

Tricky turns are the hallmark of the Shanghai International Circuit, site of Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, as Sebastian Vettel looks to make it three straight wins to start the Formula 1 season.

Sebastian Vettel will look to make it three straight wins to start the Formula 1 season when the circuit heads to the Shanghai International Circuit in Jiading, Shanghai for the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday (ESPN2, 2:10 am ET). Race favorite Lewis Hamilton has won the Chinese Grand Prix five times (2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017) and will be looking for his first win in the young season after the German Vettel and his Ferrari won the circuit’s first two races in Australia and Bahrain, where he won despite only pitting once and driving on depleting tires.

Designed by Hermann Tilke, the 3.387-mile (5.451 km) track includes one of the trickiest turn combinations (Turns 1 and 2) on the F1 calendar, and Fernando Alonso (2005, 2013) and Nico Rosberg (2012, 2016) are the only other two multiple-time winners of the now 15-year-old race besides Hamilton (-500, Top 3 Finish, 5Dimes). The 56-lap Chinese Grand Prix race distance is 189.559 miles (305.066 km), and Mercedes (5) has the most wins of all Constructors here.

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  • Lewis Hamilton +110
  • Sebastian Vettel +200
  • Valtteri Bottas +900
  • Daniel Ricciardo +1100
  • Max Verstappen +1100
  • Kimi Räikkönen +1600
  • Fernando Alonso +30000
  • Kevin Magnussen +40000
  • Romain Grosjean +40000
  • Nico Hulkenberg +50000
  • Stoffel Vandoorne +50000
  • Carlos Sainz +75000
  • Pierre Gasly +75000
  • Brendon Hartley +150000
  • Esteban Ocon +150000
  • Sergio Pérez +150000
  • Sergey Sirotkin +400000
  • Lance Stroll +400000
  • Marcus Ericsson +500000
  • Charles Leclerc +500000

  • Lewis Hamilton -335 vs. Valtteri Bottas +255
  • Sebastian Vettel +425 vs. Kimi Räikkönen +325
  • Max Verstappen -125 vs. Daniel Ricciardo -105
  • Fernando Alonso -220 vs. Stoffel Vandoorne +210
  • Kevin Magnussen -125 vs. Romain Grosjean -105
  • Nico Hulkenberg -140 vs. Carlos Sainz +110
  • Esteban Ocon -110 vs. Sergio Pérez -110
  • Lance Stroll -245 vs. Sergey Sirotkin +185
  • Pierre Gasly -215 vs. Brendon Hartley +170
  • Marcus Ericsson -155 vs. Charles Leclerc +125

Mercedes Has Won 4 Straight, 5 of Last 6 at Shanghai International Circuit

Mercedes (-275 to win Constructors’ Championship, 5Dimes) has done very well in Shanghai and at the Chinese Grand Prix, winning the last four races, with the 33-year-old Brit Hamilton earning three of those victories and Rosberg one. With Vettel (50 points) and (Scuderia) Ferrari (+250 to win Constructors’ Championship) having captured the first two rounds of the season, it seems the pressure will be on Hamilton (33 points) and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas (22 points), who finished 3rd at Bahrain and in 8th place in Melbourne.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo (12 points), Dutchman Max Verstappen (8 points) and the Red Bull-Aston Martin team (9/1 to win Constructors’ Championship) could surprise in China, although maybe the best value in picking a race winner (from the usual suspects) is a choice between Bottas and Vettel’s Ferrari teammate, Finn Kimi Räikkönen (15 points), who finished in 3rd place in the season opener in Australia and a disappointing 18th place (DNF) in the Persian Gulf. There was a strange incident in the latter race where a mechanic in his pit suffered a broken leg —he's OK after surgery now — after being run over by Räikkönen’s car. The next race on the F1 season schedule will be in two weeks with the running of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix from the Baku City Circuit in Baku on April 29.

Free Winner Pick: Bottas +900Best Line Offered: 5Dimes
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