Sebastian Vettel has the championship within his grasp, but who can win the unique race that is the Singapore Grand Prix?
Victory at Monza in the Italian Grand Prix increased Sebastian Vettel’s grip on the race to the Driver’s Championship. The knock on effect is that he is not only very short betting odds in that market, but also in the betting for this race. However, it makes sense to look elsewhere not only for sports betting value, but for the genuine candidate to win the only night time race on the Formula 1 calendar.
The man who should not only win the race but start on pole is Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. Not only does he always go well on this circuit, but it is a circuit which should suit the car of the new team he is driving for this season. Neither of those elements can be overlooked here. Because this is a night race, it is easier for some drivers than others to acclimatise to the conditions and the fact that Hamilton has always done this well is very much in his favour, more so than on other tracks. Similarly, the Mercedes car is, we know, good on circuits which need a lot of downforce – see their wins in Monaco and Hungary – so the combination of the two is irresistible and at 4/1 the win with William Hill and 13/8 for pole with the same sportsbook, you have the makings of a very nice double.
Other drivers to watch out for will be next year’s Ferrari pairing of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. Alonso is currently 3/1 at William Hill, whilst Raikkonen, in what will now be one of his last drives for Lotus, is 11/1 at Bet365 but will be keen to show his new employers that he can still compete.