Hamilton Favored to Take Bahrain Grand Prix Title from Vettel

Thursday, April 5, 2018 9:17 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018 9:17 PM UTC

Sebastian Vettel won last year's event and began the 2018 Formula 1 season by winning the Australian Grand Prix, but Lewis Hamilton has the pole and the role as favorite.

<h2 style="text-align:center;"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/" title="Sports Betting Forums">Auto Racing: Bahrain Grand Prix</a></h2><p>Sebastian Vettel will try for a repeat victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday (11:10 a.m. ET; ESPN2) at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. Lewis Hamilton, on the pole, is the favorite to dethrone Vettel in the Formula 1 event Vettel edged Hamilton in last month's Australian Grand Prix, the F! season opener.</p><p>The circuit at Sakhir is 3.363 miles long, with the race distance at 191.634 miles. This is the 14th running of the Bahrain Grand Prix -- Vettel has won three times -- and will be held at night (in Sakhir) for the fifth time.</p><p> </p><h2>Bahrain Grand Prix Futures Odds</h2><p>Lewis Hamilton -120<br />Sebastian Vettel +350<br />Valtteri Bottas +650<br />Max Verstappen +1200<br />Daniel Ricciardo +1400<br />Kimi Räikkönen +1600<br />Fernando Alonso +20000<br />Romain Grosjean +20000<br />Kevin Magnussen +20000<br />Carlos Sainz +30000<br />Nico Hulkenberg +40000<br />Stoffel Vandoorne +40000<br />Sergio Pérez +75000<br />Esteban Ocon +75000<br />Lance Stroll +200000<br />Sergey Sirotkin +300000<br />Pierre Gasly +400000<br />Brendon Hartley +400000<br />Charles Leclerc +500000<br />Marcus Ericsson +500000</p><p> </p><h2>Bahrain Grand Prix Winners</h2><p><strong>2017:</strong> Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)<br /><strong>2016:</strong> Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)<br /><strong>2015:</strong> Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)<br /><strong>2014:</strong> Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)<br /><strong>2013:</strong> Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)<br /><strong>2012:</strong> Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)<br /><strong>2011:</strong> Race canceled<br /><strong>2010:</strong> Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)<br /><strong>2009:</strong> Jenson Button (Brawn-Mercedes)<br /><strong>2008:</strong> Felipe Massa (Ferrari)<br /><strong>2007:</strong> Felipe Massa (Ferrari)<br /><strong>2006: </strong>Fernando Alonso (Renault)<br /><strong>2005:</strong> Fernando Alonso (Renault)<br /><strong>2004:</strong> Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)</p><p> </p><h2>Hamilton Has Motivation</h2><p>A technical glitch cost Hamilton a potential win in Australia when Vittel leap-frogged the race leader, who was taking a safety car period. Afterwards it was found that <a href="https://www.express.co.uk/sport/f1-autosport/941012/Lewis-Hamilton-Mercedes-Toto-Wolff-Australian-Grand-Prix">an incorrect time gap calculation </a>by the Mercedes team's computer systems was the ultimate reason Hamilton ended up losing. Hamilton was 5.036 seconds behind Vettel, and Kimi Räikkönen was third. Vettel's winning time was 1:29:33.283.</p><p>Next up on the 21-race <a href="https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2017/9/2018-calendar.html">Formula 1 schedule</a> is the Chinese Grand Prix on April 15 at Shanghai International Circuit, followed by the Azerbaijan Grand Prix from Baku City Circuit on April 29.</p><p><strong>Free Bahrain Grand Prix Pick:</strong> Lewis Hamilton -120 (<a href="http://https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4579&amp;book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a>)</p>
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