Formula 1 specialist Ben Issatt (@BenIssatt) previews the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s race.
- 2019 Profit/Loss: -0.25pts
2019 Singapore Grand Prix Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 21/09
- Time: 13:00pm BST
- Venue: Marina Bay, Singapore
- Channel: Sky Sports F1
After two old-school rounds, Formula 1 is ready for a modern classic at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday
The original F1 night race first took place on the streets of Marina Bay back in 2008 and has since evolved into one of the premier events on the calendar.
And it's easy to see as the city provides a stunning backdrop plus one of the toughest circuits for both the drivers and cars all season.
Over the years, many memorable and controversial moments have added to the spectacle Singapore provides.
The very first race is synonymous with ‘Crashgate’ when Renault ordered their driver Nelson Piquet Jr. to crash, causing a safety car that helped teammate Fernando Alonso claim victory.
Two years later though, the Spaniard would back up his speed around Marina Bay defeating Sebastian Vettel in an epic duel, with the pair less than 0.3s apart across the finish line.
After that, the German took over the mantle as the Singapore specialist winning for three straight years before adding a fourth in 2015.
That though is the only year Mercedes has failed to win since 2014, this despite not always having the best car for Marina Bay.
A notable example was in 2017 when Ferrari had the speed but Vettel, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen all collided at the start of what was the first and is so far the only wet night race in F1 history.
That year, Hamilton claimed his third Singapore win and followed it up with another 12 months later.
But he faces a stern task in his bid for a third straight win on Sunday as Charles Leclerc claimed an unexpected pole in qualifying, setting up a rematch from Monza.
Key Stats & Facts
- The Singapore GP has had at least one Safety Car period in every race.
- The driver starting on pole has won eight of 11 races at Marina Bay.
- Verstappen has claimed podiums in the past three Singapore GP’s without winning.
- Leclerc’s pole moves him ahead of Hamilton & Bottas with the most for a driver in 2019 (5).
- Lewis Hamilton – 6/5 (BetFair)
- Charles Leclerc – 7/5 (Unibet)
- Sebastian Vettel – 12/1(Bet365)
- Max Verstappen – 10/1 (Bet365)
- Valtteri Bottas – 33/1 (Bet365)
An enthralling battle lies ahead on Sunday, with the latest Leclerc/Hamilton duel likely to see the latter have the upper hand.
The question is, however, after their flashpoint at Monza, will Hamilton do as he’s suggested and be more aggressive in fighting Leclerc?
Common sense says Lewis should maximize his result without risking any kind of crash, but having been beaten twice in a row, his ego won't want Charles to win again.
I do think Hamilton will go all out and ultimately beat the Ferrari, which has exceeded all expectations this weekend, but the process will be very difficult.
The dark horse on Sunday is Verstappen, with his Red Bull slightly off the pace all weekend but likely to be much more competitive in what is normally a two-hour race in very hot, humid conditions.
Also, Vettel can’t be ruled out either given his Singapore record, but I don't think his Ferrari will have the race pace to challenge the top two.
As always the interesting bets come in the midfield, looking at which teams can move forward into the points.
Typically, this is a race where starting just outside the top 10 is actually beneficial because the open tyre choice allows the drivers to optimize their strategy.
As a result, watch out for the likes of Gasly and Raikkonen capitalizing to score points.
Other drivers will be looking to make up places having suffered penalties, in particular, Daniel Ricciardo, who was excluded from qualifying for a minor yet severe engine infringement.
Singapore can also be quite an attritional race with the heat causing mechanical issues and drivers hitting the barriers, as noted earlier the Safety Car has been needed at least once in every single race at Marina Bay.
All of this means a fascinating race is in store and my final recommended bets can be seen below