Malaysian Grand Prix Betting Tips & Preview – Sunday 1st October 2017

Malaysian Grand Prix Track Guide

Lewis Hamilton is hoping to deliver a knockout blow in Malaysia this week, following a brilliant weekend for him in Singapore. After Sebastian Vettel was forced to retire from that race, the Mercedes driver took maximum points to open up a considerable lead at the top of the F1 standings. Can he build on that ahead of a crucial part of the season?

This weekend’s race kicks off a run of four Grand Prix spread over five weeks. Such a tight schedule means that momentum could carry Hamilton to the title if he holds his nerve in the coming weeks, especially with things going poorly for his Ferrari rival. However, could a mixed record at this circuit cost Mercedes? They head here knowing that recent trips have been a struggle, and that could allow Vettel a route back in to contention.

Tips and Predictions

Hamilton has now won three races on the spin, putting him in pole position for another title. The Mercedes driver has won every race since the summer break, while he’s won four of the last five overall. That has really boosted his hopes of being crowned world champion, while Hamilton has consolidated his place in the all-time list of Grand Prix victories, having hit 60. He’s comfortably second, although he does trail Michael Schumacher by 31 wins, something that he has an eye on chasing down. Will he land another victory towards that goal here?

We can’t see past Hamilton this weekend, as you just can’t argue with the form that he is in. The Mercedes driver will be out to extend his lead and add to his hopes of walking away with the title. Having hit form at exactly the right time – something that plagued him last season – the Brit is making a strong push to top the Driver’s Championship standings. This is the time of year when Nico Rosberg pressed home his advantage to open up a clear gap, and we think it’s worth backing a victory for the current leader at evens with BetVictor. The pressure is on Vettel now and, as he showed last time out, that can cause mistakes.

Past Winners

  • 2016 - Daniel Ricciardo won, with Max Verstappen second
  • 2015 - Sebastian Vettel won, with Lewis Hamilton second
  • 2014 - Lewis Hamilton won, with Nico Rosberg second
  • 2013 - Sebastian Vettel won, with Mark Webber second
  • 2012 - Fernando Alonso won, with Sergio Perez second

Other Bets and Odds

While things aren’t going too well for Vettel right now, Daniel Ricciardo is having a strong run of late. He’s coming off a second place finish last time out, and he’ll be looking to match his win here last season. While that might be too tall of an ask, we think the Australian can make an impression this weekend. After seven top three finishes in his last 10, we’re backing Ricciardo to finish on the podium at the huge price of 7/4 with Ladbrokes.

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