The Formula One caravan has entered Europe from the heat and dust of Asia. Russian Grand Prix will be the fourth of the season, but the first in Europe. If the first three races are in indication, this is going to be the most exciting season in the last decade. It looks like Ferrari has produced a car that can match Mercedes in power and speed. Already we are witnessing a neck and neck race in both both drivers and constructors categories. The competition is good to boost up the online odds as well.
Russian Grand Prix at Sochi Autodram is a new entrant into the Formula One arena. F1 was held in Russia first in 1912, but it was discontinued after just two races. The new circuit at Sochi was designed recently and F1 racing started only in 2014. Only three F1 races have been held in this circuit. Here is a statistics that could sway you in online betting: Only Mercedes have won the titles here. Even in 1912 and 1913 Benz were the champions. In the last three years, Lewis Hamilton won in 2014 and 2015, and Nico Rosberg won in 2017.
The Sochi Autodram circuit is about 5.85 km long. Drivers have to cover a distance of about 310 km over 53 laps. The circuit has deceptively simple design. There are two straight overtaking zones at the start of the race. But after that it is all curves and bends. There are a couple of straight stretches at the end of the race too.
Sebastian Vettel is in good form and his car is in good shape. He outpaced both the Merc drivers in the practice session. Mercedes has been struggling to match Ferrari with soft tyres. The cold conditions and the surface in Sochi Autodram could help Mercedes to perform better with soft tyres. This is good news for both Hamilton and his teammate Valteri Bottas. Any of these tree drivers can win the race. Check out the online betting odds in favor of them.
Vettel was the quickest in practice, but expect Mercedes to come good in the race. Hamilton to win the Russian Grand Prix.