Australian Grand Prix 2018-Betting Preview, Existing Customers Offers


The 2018 Formula 1 season kicks off with the Australian Grand Prix on March 25, and it seems that Mercedes are going to be the team to beat again.

We’re predicting that Ferrari and Red Bull are going to be more competitive this year, but 2017’s most dominating team have made further improvements.

As well as looking to have grown up considerably, Mercedes have become a whole deal more reliable, and look unstoppable – especially with driver Lewis Hamilton behind the wheel.

Here are our betting predictions on the 2018 Australian Grand Prix.

History

The first Australian Grand Prix was held in 1928, and it’s current venue, Albert Park, Melbourne, was adopted during the 1996 season. McLaren and Ferrari have been hugely dominant on the track, with 22 wins between them. However, during the last few years, Mercedes have been the undisputed champions, winning the race three times in a row.

Favourites

It’s no surprise to see last year’s champion Lewis Hamilton at the top of the betting market. The driver - who has just signed a £700,000 a week contract – is even money to do win the race in Melbourne. The last time he won in Australia was in 2015, though, and it’s by no means a forgone conclusion, especially considering the competition he faces.

Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen are joining Hamilton in the favourites to win the race. However, some bookmakers believe that Daniel Ricciardo could cause a slight upset at 13/1. Kimi Raikonnen is at 28/1, and looks good value, especially considering he has won twice in the past and holds the record for the fastest lap. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso could be the dark horse at 50/1.

Australian Grand Prix Outright Winner: Lewis Hamilton (1/1), Sebastian Vettel (10/3), Max Verstappen (5/1)

Tips

It’s worth noting that the winner of the Australian Grand Prix has not started on pole position for three of the last four years. Bear in mind that Lewis Hamilton has qualified first for the race in each of these times, but hasn’t won since 2015.

You may find value in betting on Vettel to win the race at 10/3. However, we think there’s real value in placing an each-way bet on last year’s third place finisher Valterri Bottas at 7/1. You’ll be able to receive odds of 1/5 if he finishes in the top three.

Alonso seems huge at 50/1, and even though he it may be a tall ask for him to win the race, he looks decent value at 7/4 to finish in the top six. The Spaniard posted the third fastest time in winter testing, and if the car can get past reliability issues, it stands a real chance. We advise just small stakes on this market as you never can tell with McLaren cars.

  • Bottas e/w at 7/1
  • Alonso to finish in the top six

Please make sure you gamble responsibly, and, as always, enjoy the race!

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