Bahrain Grand Prix 2018 Odds

We’ve seen a thrilling start to the 2018 Formula One season with last year’s champion Lewis Hamilton eclipsed by Sebastian Vettel whose Ferrari took the chequered flag ahead of the English driver at the Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago.

It’s early days of course but Hamilton seemed a little perplexed by his own car’s performance so will this year’s Drivers’ Championship prove to be more competitive than many previous years? This weekend we will find out more as the cars and crews head to Bahrain for the second race of the campaign.

Out in Front

Lewis Hamilton

Despite that loss in Australia, Hamilton remains hot favourite to come home first in Bahrain and the best odds on the Mercedes man currently stand at 5/6 with William Hill and 10Bet. Vettel’s victory in Melbourne makes the German a tempting option for some at a price of 13/4 with Unibet and 888Sport before the markets start to drift.

Most will see the 2018 Drivers’ Championship as a straight battle between these two men but there will be some interest in Valtteri Bottas for Bahrain at a top price of 6/1 with SportingBet and Black Type. The Mercedes back up driver was, however, way down the placings in Australia after a grid penalty as he came home in eighth so it wasn’t the best of starts for the Finn.

Moving through the list and Max Verstappen was also disappointing with a sixth in Melbourne but he starts as fourth favourite at a best of 12/1 with Bet365 and Coral and then we get to two men who actually performed quite well last time out.

Daniel Ricciardo secured a fourth placed finish for Red Bull and he can now be backed at best odds of 14/1 with William Hill and Sun Bets while Kimi Raikkonen, who got onto the podium in third, is quoted at 16/1 with Ladbrokes and BetFred.

From there, we get to the least likely options and Romain Grosjean and Fernando Alonso at 200/1 with Bet365. Shocks are so rare in Formula One these days that we’ll move on to other bets.

Other Betting Options

Before looking at the side markets for this weekend’s GP, we’ll quickly check in on the outright season bets and for the Drivers’ Championship, Lewis Hamilton remains some way out in front at a top price of 8/15 with William Hill and Winner Sports. Sebastian Vettel is at 7/2 with Betway and 188Bet and then we have some support for Max Verstappen at 9/1 with SportingBet.

Elsewhere, Ferrari’s success in Australia has done little to affect the Constructors’ Championship with Mercedes still ahead at a short best of 1/2 with Boylesports. Ferrari then follow at 4/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral before we move out to 11/2 where we find Red Bull listed with MarathonBet.

As for Bahrain, one of the more popular options will involve the driver who takes pole position ahead of the race. In Australia two weeks ago, Lewis Hamilton took the honours and he starts as an obvious favourite at a very short best price of 11/17 with SportingBet.

With that figure in mind, there could be some value here in Vettel at best odds of 9/2 with Ladbrokes and Coral while the Mercedes number two driver Bottas is actually shorter at his top price of 4/1 with Bet365 and Winner Sports.

The Fastest Lap could be a better option where Hamilton remains favourite, but this time at an odds against best of 28/17 with MarathonBet. Vettel is in second place again at a top price of 3/1 with Sky Bet and Coral and Bottas is just behind that figure at 15/4 with SportingBet.

Those are fair prices but the man who would have delivered a profit in Australia was the home driver Daniel Ricciardo and he is some way back for Bahrain at best odds of 9/1 with William Hill and Winner Sports.

Verdict

Kimi Raikkonen

The Bahrain GP is one of the newest events on the circuit and it terms of multiple wins, Vettel has a slight edge over Lewis Hamilton. The German has taken this title on three separate occasions while the reigning World Champion has won it twice and is obviously heavily backed to even up the scores this weekend.

As for the 2018 renewal, Hamilton’s comments about his Mercedes car may be a worry and it would make us less than confident about backing a driver who is at such a short price. 12 months ago, Vettel won here after Bottas had finished on pole while Hamilton recorded the fastest lap so we have no clear indicator from that set of results.

We’ll therefore keep clear of the outright markets and suggest some side bets which will hopefully lead to a profit at the end of the race.

For us, Kimi Raikkonen is quite an underrated driver – certainly with the bookmakers who never seem to rate his chances too highly. Last season, the Finn claimed seven podium finishes and two fastest laps and after another third place in Australia last time out, we’re backing Raikkonen at 11/4 with 10Bet to get into that top three once again.

Last year, the fastest lap award was shared among a number of drivers but Sebastian Vettel took it on five occasions, the majority of which came in the second half of the season so he looks a good prospect in that particular market.

The race itself, as it often does, should come down to a straight battle between Vettel and Hamilton but rather than call that, we’re looking to these side bets for a decent profit in Bahrain.

Best Bets for Bahrain Grand Prix 2018:

  • Kimi Raikkonen for a Top Three Finish at 11/4 with 10Bet
  • Sebastian Vettel to take the Fastest Lap at 3/1 with Sky Bet
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