Formula One betting fans have had a fascinating season to follow in 2016 and the drivers’ championship has come down to the final race.
Lewis Hamilton v Nico Rosberg is the spectacle we all want to see in Abu Dhabi as the two Mercedes cars go head to head in the title race.
Rosberg has a lead over Hamilton that means he could win the title even if he doesn’t win the race. But don’t write off the Brit here.
Here’s all you need to know about Formula One betting this weekend
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix — previous results
Hamilton and Rosberg have both won Grand Prix meets in Abu Dhabi, so both will feel confident they can get the result they need on Sunday. Hamilton claimed victories in 2011 and 2014 but Rosberg was the winner last year when he beat his Mercedes teammate into second place.
Rosberg also started on pole in 2015 and shot away from Hamilton at the start. Hamilton has suffered from nervy starts throughout this season and that first, short corner could be crucial to this race.
F1 Drivers’ Championship standings
The remit for Rosberg is simple. Come third and you’ve won the title. That’s because he was a 12-point lead over Hamilton heading into this race. Hamilton can only make up ground if he win the race and Rosberg finishes fourth or worse.
Both men have won nine races this year, so it was those crucial placings along the way that have given Rosberg the important advantage. Will the German take it steady in Abu Dhabi? Probably not. He knows there is a greater chance of being run off the track if he’s in a dog fight for third place rather than battling Hamilton for the lead.
Yas Marina Circuit
Built specifically with F1 in mind, the Yas Marina Circuit was inaugurated in 2009 when German Sebastian Vettel ran away with the victory in his Red Bull. The circuit features 21 corners and three straights that will benefit both Mercedes drivers.
Unfortunately for Hamilton, there are no killer corners for which to really do battle with your opponent. And the weather will likely be stable — as it always is in the Middle East. If Rosberg is first at the first corner then Hamilton will struggle to make up ground.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix best bets
The big question is who will be crowned champion this weekend? And it’s hard to see past Rosberg, who is 1.17 to win it. Hamilton is 4.50, which the heart may urge the brain to back. But Rosberg has barely put a foot wrong all season and on this routine circuit he holds all the good cards to finish third.
Rosberg may even let Hamilton go through to take the lead on Sunday, so that he can simply sit back and enjoy the ride. Mercedes are 1.10 to set the fastest lap, which is a near-guarantee bet to add to a combination, and they will likely pull away from the rest of the field.
Hamilton is 1.57 to win the race and he will give it his maximum to do so — otherwise he really has no chance. But Rosberg at 1.17 to earn a podium place is the other bet you must keep an eye out, because only a horrible twist of fate can ruin his chances now.