Lewis Hamilton heads into the Singapore Grand Prix as the Drivers’ Championship leader for the first time this season and F1 betting fans have him down as favourite to continue his winning streak.
Victories at Spa and Monza have seen the Brit leapfrog Sebastian Vettel in the world championship race.
Those who bet on F1 have Hamilton down as favourite to win the title now his Mercedes is in a strong position. But Vettel's odds are very attractive considering his Ferrari has proven an equal match to Hamilton’s car in 2017.
The Singapore Grand Prix takes place on the streets of this famous city and at night, a doubly unique experience in F1. But for Hamilton and Vettel it's all about the win and these two will likely be head to head going down that first straight when the lights go out.
Bet on Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton is NOT the favourite to win the Singapore Grand Prix. That may come as a shock to come but there is reason behind the odds. Unibet has Hamilton at 2.65 to win, as fans flock to back Vettel. Hamilton won this race in 2009 and 2014 but over the past two years he’s struggled. In 2015 a failed power unit forced the Brit to retire and last year Hamilton could only finish third, behind Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo.
The big problem for Hamilton on this circuit is that overtaking is incredibly difficult and Mercedes’ cars can struggle in the corners. The streets just aren’t wide enough. So, if you don’t nail your qualifying session your chances of winning the race plummet.
Hamilton’s qualifying efforts at the Singapore Grand Prix have been erratic. In 2014 and 2009 he poled and won the race. But 2012 is the only other time he’s started first — a race Vettel eventually won as Hamilton retired with a gearbox problem.
There is no confidence in Hamilton winning this race unless he sits top of the pack at the start. Hamilton has enjoyed some good starts in recent weeks and last time out in Monza locked the Grand Prix down within the first three corners. He can do that again in Singapore but must qualify first… and that is a tough ask at 2.25.
Bet on Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari
Vettel is the 2.25 favourite to win the Singapore Grand Prix and that is in large part down to his history on the track. The German has won this race four times and is a regular pole sitter. Like Hamilton, starting first off the grid is crucial and Vettel will be gunning for a strong Saturday qualifying.
Vettel is also hurting, having won just one race since Monaco back in May. That was another street circuit and the Ferrari proved a lot more nimble than rival Mercedes weaving through the buildings. Indeed, while Hamilton has dominated those long, straight circuits of Monza, Canada and Spa, Vettel has proven effective over the higher lap tracks like Monaco and Hungary.
When Vettel gets into a rhythm he’s very difficult to stop but, as previously mentioned, who will win the Singapore Grand Prix largely comes down to qualifying.
Strangely, while Vettel is favourite to win the Singapore Grand Prix, he is only 2.75 to qualify first, with Hamilton at 2.25. F1 betting tipsters are aware Hamilton can endure a nightmare on street circuits and so are not so confident about the Mercedes driver.
Singapore Grand Prix betting: Hakkinen backs Red Bull
Unibet expert Mika Hakkinen is backing the Ferraris and Red Bulls to succeed in Singapore. Due to the stop-start nature of many of the corners on the street circuit, chassis stability is vitally important and these two teams have that in their cars. Hakkinen believes Mercedes’ stability problems on this circuit in previous years shows why they could again come undone this weekend. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo is 8.00 to to win this race.