Formula One Singapore Grand Prix: 2018 Odds Preview
While it has often seemed as though there was something of a seesaw element to this year’s F1 season, Lewis Hamilton has held the advantage for much of 2018 and victory in Italy last time out sees the defending champion closing in on another title.
The Mercedes number one driver now has a 30 point lead over his nearest challenger Sebastian Vettel and that could prove significant with just seven races to go in this campaign. This weekend we have a different challenge on the street circuit in Singapore but will Hamilton extend that advantage or will Vettel stay in touch?
We’ve seen over the course of a number of Grand Prix that while Lewis Hamilton has stayed at the top of the Drivers’ Championship for most of the season, it’s Sebastian Vettel who begins as race favourite. It’s happened again in Singapore with the German ahead at best odds of 11/8 with William Hill and Coral for the win while his English rival is close behind at a top price of 7/2 with Unibet and 188Bet.
The two men at the top have dominated for much of the season but there have been successes elsewhere and on a street track, things can be more unpredictable so we shouldn’t rule out any of those that comprise the ‘big six.’
Leading the chasing pack is Max Verstappen who is on offer at best odds of 4/1 with MarathonBet and Betway, followed by Daniel Ricciardo at a top price of 6/1 with SportingBet. It’s particularly interesting to see Ricciardo shorten here and after being ranked as an outside punt for the last few races, this year’s winner of the Monaco GP has come in to fourth favourite on another street venue.
Moving through the list, Kimi Raikkonen is available at a best of 9/1 with William Hill and Coral while Valtteri Bottas is way out at 18/1 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa.
As always, the remaining drivers have effectively been ruled out with Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg heading the distant prices at best odds of 1000/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral.
Those are the race prices and we’ll pick our winner shortly but as usual, it’s time for a quick update on the season-long bets.
If you’ve been following our F1 columns then you’ll know that we’ve been behind the favourites for some time in both the Drivers’ and the Constructors’ Championships. It may be an obvious call to back Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes but the consistent advice has been to stake on those options before they drop even further.
Ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend, Hamilton is odds on in most places to retain his Drivers’ title but you can pick up the Englishman at a best of 11/10 with 888Sport. Sebastian Vettel is still in touch at a top price of 13/8 with Ladbrokes and Coral while the rest of the field, which starts at 600/1, have effectively gone out of contention.
Moving on to the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes are on offer at best odds of 8/15 with BetFred while Ferrari are in second place at a top price of 13/8 with Coral. The remaining options aren’t quite as distant this time but it would take a brave man to back third favourite Red Bull at a best of 250/1 with Ladbrokes.
Other Betting Options
Vettel and Hamilton have been dominating pole in recent weeks and at the time of writing the market for pole position at Singapore has yet to come in. That should change shortly but we are more interested in the fastest lap betting which has been split between the drivers for much of this year.
Lewis Hamilton recorded just his second fastest lap of the season in Italy last time out but it’s Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen who start as joint favourites for the Singapore GP. Both men can be picked up at best odds of 7/2 with Betway and 188Bet while Sebastian Vettel follows at a top price of 4/1 with Coral and Royal Panda.
Hamilton is down as fourth favourite at a best of 5/1 with 10Bet and SportingBet and then we have Kimi Raikkonen at 6/1 and Valtteri Bottas at 7/1 – both with William Hill. Once again, we won’t be looking beyond the main six competitors so let’s get straight on and look to pick some winners.
At the 2017 edition of the Singapore Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel started on pole but it was Lewis Hamilton who won the race as he started to tighten his grip at the top of the Drivers’ Championship. Hamilton also claimed the fastest lap and having gone round quickest in Italy last time out, there could be some value in taking the Mercedes man in that particular market.
The Singapore GP first came on to the schedule in 2008 and there have only been eight winners of the race to date. Nico Rosberg took the chequered flag in 2016 while Fernando Alonso has tasted winning champagne twice but the records to focus on are those of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton has three victories here while Vettel has four and in a season where the German has stayed in touch while the title holder has started to grab the balance of power in the Drivers’ Championship, we feel that the 2018 campaign will just about be kept alive by a Sebastian Vettel win in Singapore.
Vettel for the win is the tip but we can hedge, or hopefully add to that by including Hamilton to take what would be his third fastest lap success in five races.
Best Bets for Singapore Grand Prix 2018:
- Sebastian Vettel to win at 11/8 with William Hill
- Lewis Hamilton to record the Fastest Lap at 5/1 with 10Bet