Bahrain Grand Prix Betting Tips & Preview – Sunday 8th April 2018

Bahrain Grand Prix Track Guide

The second race of the Formula 1 season gets underway this weekend, as the world’s top drivers head to the Kingdom of Bahrain. After a dramatic opener to the campaign in Australia, there’s a lot up in the air ahead of this weekend’s race. Can Lewis Hamilton fight his way back to the top, or will we see Sebastian Vettel lay down a marker in his push for the world championship?

The early stages of the 2017 season felt like a straight shootout for the title, with Vettel and Hamilton far above the rest. While that gave way to dominance from the Brit later in the campaign, we could see another tussle between the two this weekend, with the world champion needing a victory after falling short last time out. However, could he be about to face an even bigger challenge this term?

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Sebastian Vettel to win @ 3/1

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Race Info

The next stop on Formula 1’s world tour is to Bahrain, which should be a pretty competitive affair. The pressure remains on Hamilton, who will be chasing a third win at this circuit. The Bahrain GP has only once been held away from the Sakhir Grand Prix circuit, and this weekend’s race will see another 57 laps around that venue, with some pretty hot temperatures adding to what was already expected to be a fiery weekend.

RoundCountryCircuitRace Distance
2/21 Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit 308km / 57 Laps

Schedule

 DateStart TimeFinish TimeForecast ConditionsTV Coverage
Practice 1 Fri 6th April 12:00 13:30 Wet / 28° -
Practice 2 Fri 6th April 16:00 17:30 Wet / 28° -
Practice 3 Sat 7th April 13:00 14:30 Dry / 28° -
Qualifying Sat 7th April 16:00 17:00 Dry / 28° Sky F1
Race Sun 8th April 16:10 18:10 Dry / 28° Sky F1

Previous Race Results (2017)

The Bahrain Grand Prix last season was the third race of the campaign, which saw Sebastian Vettel pick up a second win of the campaign. He left Hamilton in his wake once again with a victory, which would be huge if he could repeat that this term.

Elsewhere, Valtteri Bottas picked up a crucial third placed finish, which helped him kick on to claim his first victory with Mercedes shortly after. Will his good memories of this course play a factor in this renewal?

PositionDriverCarGrid PositionPoints
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 3 25
2 Hamilton Mercedes 2 18
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1 15
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 5 12
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 4 10
6 Felipe Massa Williams 8 8
7 Sergio Perez Force India 18 6
8 Romain Grosjean Haas 9 4
9 Nico Hulkenburg Renault 7 2
10 Esteban Ocon Force India 14 1

Race News: Could Bahrain Battle be Overshadowed?

While the Bahrain Grand Prix should be F1’s highlight of the weekend, there’s a shadow cast over that by Liberty Media, the sport’s owners. This weekend is set for a big reveal from those in charge, as they lay out their map for the sport from 2020 and beyond. They’ve started to make slow changes since taking the reins, but now they can lay down a marker. Unfortunately, it seems like one of their own races will suffer as a result, with many likely to focus on 2021 rather than what this weekend’s result will do for the world championship battle and more.

Hamilton Talks up title Battle

While some will be looking elsewhere this weekend, Hamilton spent the build-up looking towards the title race. While everyone expects another battle between the two chief contenders once again, the reigning champion sees it differently. He says that it’s far too soon to be ruling anyone out, while trying to talk up the speed of Ferrari. However, he could end up disappointed if he’s proved right this weekend.

Analysis: Vettel to Continue Strong Start

It’s hard to see past this being a battle between the two title favourites, despite what Hamilton says. The Brit will be hoping to get one over on the Ferrari man, following Vettel’s opening weekend win. However, the German comes into this race having won it last year, which was his third win overall at this circuit. We expect him to make a strong start to this campaign, and as a result we’re backing him for the win.

Mercedes Set to Repeat Double Podium

While Hamilton’s display last time out was a setback for Mercedes, they’ll have also been disappointed not to have had two names on the podium. Bottas came up short in Australia, but his season started to pick up after this race last year. He had a strong display, including topping qualifying, so we think it’s worth considering the Finn for a strong display when F1 returns to this circuit. You can get solid odds on Bottas making the podium here, as he’s available at 8/11 for a top three finish. While we can’t see him winning, Bottas is our pick for the podium.

Final Verdict

We fully expect Vettel to come out with maximum points this weekend, and his price of 3/1 just seems far too big for us to ignore. He’s likely to fight it out with Hamilton, but we expect Bottas to come in just behind them. Mercedes need to show what their car can do, and getting two men on the podium would be a good way to do that.

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