The 2017 Formula One championship is up and running and after last month’s enthralling start in Melbourne we now head to Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix.
Formula One betting fans received a shock last week when Sebastian Vettel beat Lewis Hamilton to win the Australian Grand Prix.
It was a surprise win for Ferrari, whose driver looked after his tyres and pitted at the perfect moment to keep Hamilton and his Mercedes at bay.
Can Vettel win in China and continue the early-season frustration for Hamilton? Or will the former world champion hit back in Shanghai? Here are the best F1 betting tips for the Chinese Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton Betting
Hamilton is favourite to qualify on pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix. And there is logic in backing Hamilton at 2.00 to win the race. His Mercedes remains the fastest car on the grid, even if the Ferrari has sliced into that advantage over the winter. Hamilton is also the most aggressive driver and appears to get the most out of his car in practice and qualifying.
There was a sigh of relief among some F1 betting fans when Hamilton didn’t win in Melbourne. Having qualified first, there was a concern the opening race of the year would be a procession. But Vettel’s expert driving and Ferrari’s tactics outclassed the Silver Arrows in the first race — and that could happen again.
Chinese Grand Prix Betting
Lewis Hamilton has won the Chinese Grand Prix in two of the last three years. He is an expert on the Shanghai circuit, which offers the Brit two excellent straights for which his faster Mercedes can exploit. Last year, however, Hamilton suffered a nightmare weekend and he could endure a repeat this time. A power unit failure in qualifying meant he started the race at the back of the grid. He was then involved in a collision and had to pit after one lap.
Hamilton eventually weaved his way through to finish seventh, while his team-mate Nico Rosberg won. Vettel, in an inferior Ferrari to what he’s got now, was second.
Vettel last won the Chinese Grand Prix in 2009 and is 2.60 to win it this weekend. He is the obvious candidate to challenge Hamilton, although Mercedes’ No 2 driver Valtteri Bottas has already proven capable of stepping up in a fast car. He is 8.00 to win, which is a possibility if Hamilton stutters.
Mika Häkkinen is right about Valtteri Bottas
Former world champion and Unibet’s F1 expert Mika Häkkinen said before the Australian Grand Prix that Bottas was the perfect replacement for Nico Rosberg at Mercedes. Häkkinen explained that when he was a young driver, watching the greats of Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell helped him improve. Bottas has the chance to do that when shadowing Hamilton.
Together, Hamilton and Bottas could be too powerful for the Ferraris this weekend and a Mercedes win in China is priced at 1.60. If Hamilton doesn’t do it then his team-mate should.