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.

About

Singapore's Marina Bay Street Circuit, Esplanade Stretch
Esplanade Stretch © chensiyuan (cc-by-sa/4.0)

There are few more breathtakingly stunning Grand Prix circuits than that of Singapore’s, Marina Bay. Even through the day the sights and sounds of the Marina are a stunning place to be, but when the lights get turned on and racing takes place, the cars and the race really comes alive.

The Grand Prix has been running in the country since 2008 and the track took 1 year to the day to complete, at a cost of $33 million, which is actually quite cheap compared to some. Attendances have been pretty consistent as well, with over 300,000 visiting in the first race weekend, and now averaging around the 250,000 mark, making it one of the biggest.

Track Highlights

Singapore's Marina Bay Street Circuit

The Marina Bay played host to Formula 1’s first ever night race, where the bright lights lit up the grandstand and cars glistened under the city’s futuristic skyline. The race is one of the toughest of the year, with humidity around 80% and air temperatures, even at night, around 30 degrees Celsius.

The circuit has the most corners of the season, with 23 and with drivers working this hard under the extreme heat, they can lose up to 3kg of body weight during the race.

As cars go across the start/finish line and into turn 1, it’s a fun little section for the drivers, going back and forth through three turns. Cars often are at the highest level of grip here and this allows them to push hard toward the wall, where they are then able to get most traction and the best line out of the section.

You immediately get a sense of it being within a street track, with the walls being very close to the circuit and cars using a lot of the kerb as they move through and onto the back straight. Physically, this is very demanding on the drivers and as they move through the DRS Zone. A lot of pressure is felt on their heels and the back of their legs due to essentially supporting your body on what is known to be a fairly bumpy race track.

As we move into turn 8, this is one of the tighter sections around the track and drivers need to pull the car very much across the track to get the right line into an open turn 9 and then on to what is a reasonably lengthy straight down onto the chicane. Drivers actually use this straight to check on their controls how their lap is going and see if any changes need to be made. It’s one of the few parts on the track they can do this, so it’s an important section.

The chicane is a fast one, with drivers being able to take a lot of the kerb at speeds of around 150kmph, before heading through the “S” bends and then under the tunnel. Drivers then need to take on turn 13, where they can run wide and then across the Anderson bridge, which is more like a motorway than a racetrack given how wide it is. The width also encourages overtaking and slip streaming is done in the run down to turn 14.

The back end of the circuit has a lot more of a street section feel to it and is an area that allows the drivers many different routes throughout the chicanes. Some may choose to clip the apex in order to get a tighter line, but others will run wider in order to be smoother and a little less on tyre use.

Next up is a totally unique section of any race track in the world as drivers actually pass under the grandstand, which creates an amazing view for fans that are sat above it before seeing them, disappearing beneath their feet. Drivers will work through yet another chicane at turns 20 and 21, whilst really getting a feel that they are coming towards the end of the lap.

It’s a great finish section as well and a real rush for the drivers as they meet corners 22 and 23 with high speeds and starting the run back across the start/finish line.

History

Singapore's Marina Bay Street Circuit Birds Eye View

The deal for F1 to head to South East Asia, and more in particular, Singapore, was struck in 2008 by both Bernie Ecclestone, the head of Formula 1 and the Singapore Tourism Board. As part of the deal, it was agreed that the government would co-fund the race, paying around $90 million of the $150 million paid to host the event.

2008 – “Crashgate”

2008 saw Singapore host its first Grand Prix. It was met with huge celebration from within the country and with it hundreds of thousands of flocked to the race meeting over the course of the weekend. The race was eventually won by that of Fernando Alonso, who incredibly started in 15th position before working his way through the field.

But, it was Nelson Pique Jr. and the Renault team that took the headlines. Pique Jr. crashed out of the race on lap 14, which meant a safety car was deployed. This played into Alsono’s hands as it meant that the gap between him and Massa, who was leading the race, was massively reduced. Alonso, on the fresher tyres, was able to pass Massa and win the race.

But, it was later reported, after Pique Jr. had been dismissed by Renault that he was ordered to crash his car so that Alonso would get a chance of winning. As a result, Renault accepted their fine, were suspended for 2 years and bosses, Flavio Briatore and Pay Symonds, were removed from their positions within the team.

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