F1 Austrian Grand Prix 2018 Odds

Attention! Actual odds referenced are correct at time of publishing at 2:26 pm June 27, 2018 and are subject to change.

Victory at the French Grand Prix last weekend puts the destiny of the 2018 F1 Drivers’ Championship back in the hands of defending champion Lewis Hamilton. With his closest rival Sebastian Vettel dropping back to fifth after a controversial race, Hamilton now has a 14 point gap over the German and the Mercedes man is favourite for maximum points as we head to Austria for this week’s GP.

The Favourites

Lewis Hamilton starts as favourite to win in Austria and this is the clearest market we’ve seen for some time. The English driver is available at best odds of 11/10 with William Hill and SportingBet while Sebastian Vettel follows at a top price of 5/2 with Unibet and 888Sport.

We’ll look at trends and history as we work through our verdict but it’s fair to say at this stage that Hamilton has the slightly better record in Austria and the defending drivers’ champion has the better form. Once again, the bookies feel this is a straight fight between two men as the odds really start to move out from this point.

Chasing Drivers

Max Verstappen

Behind the top two, we have a significant gap to joint third favourites Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo who can both be picked up at the same best odds of 8/1 with Unibet and Betway. Red Bull’s Ricciardo has those two GP wins this season but has had issues since Monaco and hasn’t really threatened a victory since.

Moving further back, we have Valtteri Bottas at a top price of 9/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral. Mercedes’ number two driver won this event last year but like the rest of the pack, he was aided by a grid penalty handed out to Lewis Hamilton. Despite that, the Finn has enjoyed a consistent season overall and should be worth a punt for a podium finish as the very least.

Next up in the outright betting is Kimi Raikkonen who is on offer at a best of 25/1 with MarathonBet and 188Bet. From there, as we’ve seen throughout the season so far, the prices move into the far distance and the real outsiders are led by Carlos Sainz at best odds of 500/1 with Sun Bets and Unibet.

With shock outcomes becoming increasingly rare in Formula One, we’ll move straight on and consider some other options before making our verdict for Austria.

Outright Updates

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton’s victory in France has strengthened his position at the top of the outright Drivers’ Championship betting and the defending champion can now be claimed at a top price of 4/9 with William Hill. Sebastian Vettel now eases to a best of 2/1 with Ladbrokes and BetFred while the bookies have effectively written off the rest of the field.

Daniel Ricciardo’s two early wins suggested we may have a very open season in 2018 but recent results see Valtteri Bottas as third favourite at best odds of 50/1 with MarathonBet followed by Ricciardo at 66/1 with SportingBet.

Moving across to the Constructors’ Championship and Mercedes seem to be fully tightening their grip as they head for yet another overall victory. The German-based manufacturer is a hot favourite to retain their crown in 2018 at a top price of 2/9 with William Hill, followed by a Vettel-led Ferrari at a best of 7/2 with Ladbrokes and 188Bet.

Both of those outright markets seem to be going with the favourites and if you agree with that assessment, it would be better to take the prices on Hamilton and Mercedes before they shorten even further. For now, we’ll come back to Austria this weekend and look at some available side bets.

Side Markets

Sebastian Vettel

One side bet that we don’t tend to look at is the one for the safety car but that could be an option for this weekend. A considerable amount of rain is forecast for Spielberg, the site of Sunday’s race, while stats show that the car has been brought out in two of the last four renewals.

It looks a strong proposition but the odds are a little prohibitive at a short best of 2/5 with William Hill and Unibet so we’ll avoid those, particularly if we’re relying on a weather forecast for them to land.

Instead, it’s back to the pole position betting where Lewis Hamilton starts things off as favourite at best odds of 4/5 with SportingBet. Sebastian Vettel is a predictable second favourite at 9/4 with SportingBet again while Valtteri Bottas follows at 11/2 with William Hill and 10Bet.

Poles have been shared between just three drivers so far this season and unless we see grid penalties as we did in 2017, that situation doesn’t seem set to change with Hamilton the best candidate.

It could be a different story in the fastest lap betting where the records have been shared around to a much greater degree. In fact, neither Hamilton nor Vettel has recorded a fastest lap time at this relatively advanced stage of the season with the honours split between Ricciardo, Verstappen and Bottas.

Despite that, Lewis Hamilton starts as favourite in this particular market at 5/2 with William Hill followed by Valtteri Bottas at 7/2 with Boylesports. The value could therefore come from Sebastian Vettel at 4/1 with Sun Bets or Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen who are both quoted at 5/1 by BetFred.

Verdict

At the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas came home in first place while Lewis Hamilton trailed in fifth after struggling to recover from that grid penalty. Bottas also took Pole Position while Hamilton did record the fastest lap as he attempted to catch up with the field.

If all goes smoothly in qualifying this time around, Hamilton should convert on a track where he has a marginally better record over Sebastian Vettel. As we’ve seen through countless seasons in the past, the English driver just keeps on improving once he’s found some momentum and while he remains at odds against prices, there is some decent value there.

It could well be a 1-2 for Mercedes so while Bottas is an option for a podium finish at best odds of 8/13 with BetFred, we prefer to back the Finn for Fastest Lap at that generous 7/2 price.

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