Fri, Sep 14, 10:40am by Staff Writer
The 15th Grand Prix of the season takes place this weekend at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is a clear favourite to take out the race, priced at $2.30.
Vettel trails championship leader Lewis Hamilton by 30 points in the Drivers Championship standings with only seven races to go.
That is the biggest margin any driver has enjoyed atop the standings this season, with his margin at this stage last year only three points.
Despite Vettel’s favouritism, it is Mercedes who have enjoyed the most recent success in the island city-state. Hamilton won a dramatic race in Singapore last season after a first-lap collision between the two Ferrari’s and Max Verstappen.
The Marina Bay circuit is full of plenty of tight turns, which suits the Ferrari team, although that was also the case in Monza and that race was won by Hamilton.
Vettel has four race wins in Singapore as well as four pole positions. He has completed the most laps of this circuit at 221 and led the Singapore Grand Prix from start-to-finish in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
Red Bull has also performed well in Singapore as it has plenty of low and medium-speed corners, similar to the circuit in Monaco where the Austrian manufacturer has tasted plenty of recent success.
Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are both $4.50 to achieve the fastest lap this weekend, with Ferrari’s Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen priced at $5 and $6 respectively.
Verstappen is priced at $5 to win the race ahead of his Red Bull team mate Ricciardo at $6.50.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen is in third position in the Drivers Championship, five points clear of countryman Valtteri Bottas.
Raikkonen has a poor record in Singapore, failing to qualify on the front row in eight previous visits to the track.
He has been one of the most consistent drivers all season and is $1.91 to secure a podium finish this weekend.
There are race milestones for Max Verstappen (75th Grand Prix start) and Nico Hulkenberg (150th Grand Prix start) this weekend, while Sergio Perez aims to make it eight years in a row that he has scored points in Singapore, the only circuit he has achieved that feat.
Rain is forecast for Sunday’s race, which may bring the field closer together and be to the disadvantage of the likes of Vettel and Verstappen.
Mercedes leads the Constructors Championship by 25 points ahead of Ferrari ahead of this race.
It is a must-win race for Sebastian Vettel this weekend and given his advantages in both success and vehicle at this venue, he should take out the chequered flag.
Best bet- Sebastian Vettel to win Singapore Grand Prix at $2.30
Singapore Grand Prix Odds
Sebastian Vettel $2.30
Lewis Hamilton $4.50
Max Verstappen $5
Daniel Ricciardo $6.50
Kimi Raikkonen $10
Valtteri Bottas $19
Sebastian Vettel $1.25
Lewis Hamilton $1.57
Max Verstappen $1.67
Daniel Ricciardo $1.91
Kimi Raikkonen $1.91
Valtteri Bottas $6
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