A new Formula One season begins tomorrow with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. This year will see the introduction of new set of rules and a new set of cars, made with freshly introduced specifications. The situation could be different from last year’s.
It was easy in the previous season for punters. It was a race between the two Mercedes drivers: Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. It may not be the case this year. Rosberg has retired. And other manufacturers may have cars that can challenge the Mercedes hegemony. Confused about on whom you should place the bet? Read on. You will get a better idea.
Melbourne Grand Prix circuit was designed as a street circuit inside Albert Park. It does not have the narrow lanes that you find in Monaco and Singapore. Still, overtaking is considered difficult. A lap is 5.3 km long. Racers have to cover a total distance of 307.5 km over 58 laps. The fastest lap here has been recorded by home boy Daniel Ricciardo.
Hamilton won here in 2008 and 2015. Among the current drivers, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso too have won this Grand Prix. For online betting odds purposes, from these stats it emerges clear that no single driver has a monopoly on this circuit.
It is hard to figure out the current form in the very first race of the season. Hamilton was the stand-out performer during the qualifying races in Melbourne. It gave the impression that the Mercedes vehicle is superior this time as well. Vettel and Räikkönen were not too behind in their Ferrari car. To be precise, Hamilton was 0.547 seconds clear of the second-placed Vettel.
Interestingly, Valterri Bottas – Hamilton’s new teammate – finished third behind Vettel in the qualifying races. For the record, Räikkönen finished fourth and Ricciardo finished fifth. What you need to remember for online betting is that Mercedes may still have the best cars, followed by Ferrari and Red Bull, in that order.
Everything points to a comfortable win for Hamilton and has favourite odds on all bookmakers. However, keep an eye on the Aussie boy Ricciardo. He could spring a surprise.
Pic Courtesy: Formula1