Singapore Grand Prix Betting Tips & Preview – Sunday 16th September 2018

Singapore Grand Prix Track Guide

Lewis Hamilton is heading for the F1 title yet again, after striking a huge blow to Ferrari last time out. The Mercedes driver claimed a win in Italy, taking maximum points from Ferrari’s home race. That win has opened up a 30 point lead at the top, and time is running out for the reigning champion to be stopped.

This weekend’s race is a must win for Sebastian Vettel, who will be chasing a victory in Singapore. This is traditionally considered a tough venue for Mercedes, but can they come away from here with another victory to all but end any hope Ferrari hold in the title race?

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Lewis Hamilton to win @ 7/2

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Race Info

We’re creeping towards the big finale in Abu Dhabi, although it seems like the last race won’t have too much riding on it. The drivers head here for the 19th renewal of the Singapore Grand Prix, which started out in 1966. The race returned to the calendar in 2008 after a 34-year break, and it’s been a part of the schedule for the last 10 years.

RoundCountryCircuitRace Distance
15/21 Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit 308km / 61 Laps

Schedule

 DateStart TimeFinish TimeForecast ConditionsTV Coverage
Practice 1 Fri 14th Sept 09:30 11:00 Wet / 29° -
Practice 2 Fri 14th Sept 13:30 15:00 Wet / 29° -
Practice 3 Sat 15th Sept 11:00 12:30 Wet / 29° -
Qualifying Sat 15th Sept 14:00 15:00 Wet / 29° Sky F1
Race Sun 16th Sept 13:10 15:10 Wet / 29° Sky F1

Last Season's Result (2017)

You don’t have to go back far to see Mercedes disproving the idea that they aren’t suited to this circuit. Lewis Hamilton won this race last year, while Valtteri Bottas took third. That did come amidst a dramatic race, which saw eight drivers fail to finish. That included Vettel, with Kimi Raikkonen and the German having a coming together.

Daniel Ricciardo managed to sneak into second ahead of Bottas, while there were a few surprise names in the top 10. Carlos Sainz Jr took fourth, while Renault’s Jolyon Palmer and Lance Stroll also benefitted from the early exit of some big names.

PositionDriverCarGrid PositionPoints
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 5 25
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 3 18
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 6 15
4 Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 10 12
5 Sergio Perez Force India 12 10
6 Jolyon Palmer Renault 11 8
7 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 9 6
8 Lance Stoll Williams 18 4
9 Romain Grosjean Haas 15 2
10 Esteban Ocon Force India 14 1

Race News: Raikkonen Heading for Ferrari Farewell

Ferrari are expected to have a strong weekend in Singapore, and they head into this race with big changes ahead. This is Raikkonen’s last season with the Scuderia, with Charles Leclerc coming in as his replacement. That’s going to lead to bigger changes, as they could look to put their two drivers on a similar platform. Will this be the beginning of the end for Vettel at Ferrari?

The German last faced an up and coming driver back in his Red Bull days, and his struggles with Daniel Ricciardo prompted him to move elsewhere. The German needs to be the main man, and he’s had that benefit at Ferrari for years without much success. With Leclerc arriving, it now looks like Ferrari will have a very different power balance in 2019, which could pose problems for the German.

Analysis: Will Mercedes Struggle in Singapore?

The big hope for Ferrari in the run in is that Mercedes will struggle here. Singapore is a street circuit, something the Silver Arrows have been seen to struggle with in recent years. That was shown back in Monaco this year, which was the last time neither Hamilton nor Vettel took maximum points in a race. The fact that this has been a happy hunting ground for Vettel will also spark concerns for Mercedes here.

There were issues out of Ferrari’s control here last year, which stopped them from catching Mercedes. However, the Italian Grand Prix showed the much-praised pace of the Scuderia without bringing them success. They are now testing that power around a street circuit, which could prove tricky.

Final Verdict: Hamilton To Win

Despite the questions around Ferrari’s form, Vettel is a huge favourite here. Hamilton has won three of the last four races this season, but he sits out at 7/2, significantly behind Vettel. The German has moved to the forefront due to fears over Mercedes’ chances here, but the Silver Arrows have managed to claim maximum points in three of their last four visits to Singapore. That’s got to worry Ferrari coming into this one.

It’s tough to argue with Hamilton’s form of late and at this circuit. Mercedes are getting better when it comes to dealing with laps like these, and they’ll recognise the opportunity they have here. This is a chance to land another huge blow to any form of title challenge, and we expect them to continue to press their advantage. We’re backing Hamilton at a huge looking price of 7/2, while we’re also tempted by Ricciardo each way at 5/1. He won the last street race in Monaco, and these circuits are a favourite of the Australian. After three straight second place finishes in Singapore, he’s worth an each way stake.

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