Formula 1 specialist Ben Issatt(@BenIssatt) previews the Singapore Grand Prix and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s race.
Russian Grand Prix Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 30/09/2018
- Time: 12:10BST
- Venue: Sochi Autodrom, Russia
- Channel: Sky Sports F1
Lewis Hamilton can take another significant step towards the Formula 1 championship this weekend as the next stop of the 2018 season sees the teams in Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix.
The race, set around the Olympic Park of the 2014 winter games, has been dominated by just one team since its inception four years ago with Mercedes coming out on top on every occasion.
For the current championship leader, however, this circuit has seen a few ups and downs from two wins in ’14 and ’15 to a disappointing fourth a year ago.
So far this weekend, it has been the German manufacturer again on top as Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel have lacked the pace compared to their main rivals.
A window of opportunity does appear to have opened though, as last year’s race winner in Sochi, Valtteri Bottas, claimed pole in qualifying on Saturday beating Hamilton who will start second and just place ahead of Vettel.
Key Stats & Facts
- Valtteri Bottas has never finished outside the top four in every Russian GP he has finished.
- Sochi Autodrom features the longest run from the start to first braking zone (1024m to Turn 2).
- Red Bull have never finished on the podium at this race.
- Midfield teams scored rare podium finishes in 2014 and 2015.
- Lewis Hamilton – 5/6 (BetFred)
- Sebastian Vettel – 5/1 (Coral)
- Valtteri Bottas – 2/1 (BetFred)
- Kimi Raikkonen – 20/1 (Bet365)
- Daniel Ricciardo/ Max Verstappen – 100/1 (Bet365)
Looking ahead to the race I have picked out four bets worth considering.
The first is Daniel Ricciardo to come through and score a podium from the back of the grid which is audacious but Red Bull has had good pace all weekend, possibly on a par with Ferrari.
Also the Australian is known for his overtaking prowess and on a circuit that is difficult for passing, he is the most likely to make the most progress through the field and should there be a retirement or two at the front, the opportunity could await.
My second is a double points finish for Sauber who had both cars in the top 10 in qualifying and could have a strong opportunity to maintain those positions in the race with a car that has good straight line speed thanks to the Ferrari engine.
Next is Carlos Sainz to finish in the top six for Renault. The Spaniard will start just outside the top 10 in 11th but has a free choice of tyres and that proved crucial in Singapore where Alonso would finish ‘best of the rest’ behind the top three teams.
It is a bet that would require either a Red Bull not to fully come through the pack or a problem for a Mercedes and/or Ferrari but that does feel like a strong possibility in Sochi.
Finally, I have the home favourite Sergey Sirotkin to score a point for Williams.
The Russian has had a tough season but has performed well all weekend and will start 13th after the various penalties.
If a few retirements do occur then he has a great chance to add to his sole point from Monza in what could be a largely processional midfield pack.