Formula 1

Jul 6, 274 days ago

2016 British Grand Prix preview

2016 British Grand Prix preview

If ever there was a ‘home’ race in the Grand Prix season, this week’s contest is it. Eight of the current F1 teams have their bases in Britain and seven are just a few miles from the Silverstone track where this week’s British Grand Prix will take place.
The Mercedes drivers have once again been dominant this season and the late crash in Austria could mean that sparks could fly in this race. Keep reading for our 2016 British Grand Prix betting preview.

Mercedes drivers lead the British Grand Prix betting

Considering they have won all but one of this season’s races between them, this year’s British Grand Prix looks as if it could be a two-horse race. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are almost fifty points ahead of their nearest rivals in the driver’s championship and the pair have driven off into the distance on each of their last two visits to Silverstone.
After winning three of the last four races, Hamilton is this week’s evens favourite. The Englishman seems to raise his game for his home race, winning in both 2013 and 2014, and his race through the field after an early puncture in 2013 is one of the best drives of anyone in recent seasons.
Rosberg is available at 21/20 but is coming into the race after controversy last time out. The race stewards and most pundits blamed the German for the coming together with Hamilton on the final lap in Austria, leaving team boss Timo Wolff considering bringing in team orders for this race. Wolff was furious after the race, believing the pair’s accident in Spain had brought an end to their ‘brainless’ collisions.
“In my naive thinking, I said to myself: ‘OK, they have learned the lesson and they saw the consequences and it is not going to happen again’,” said the Mercedes boss. “Here we go, it happens again, so the only consequence is to look at all the options on the table.
“I don’t want to attribute any blame because every time you watch the video and look at onboard there is new information. You can’t say who is more to blame than the other. I have an opinion. I am not going to express it. But it needs to be avoided.
“I am fed up with trying to analyse it. I just don’t want any contact.”

Red Bull could lead challenge to Mercedes this weekend

Considering that Silverstone is a fast course, the Red Bulls could be the leading challengers to Mercedes this week. The Red Bull car is reckoned to be the best in terms of high-speed stability which should serve it well around the Northamptonshire course.
If either Daniel Ricciardo or Max Verstappen can get ahead of the Mercedes cars – perhaps in qualifying – then they could make life very difficult. Ricciardo is 14/1 to win the race with Verstappen available at 16/1.
Sebastian Vettel believed that he would have challenged in Austria were it not for the rain and the Ferrari seems to have improved in terms of straight line speed in recent times. Vettel is 7/1 to win but a better bet might be a Williams driver.
Williams boasted a 1-2 in the early stages of last year’s race while Valtteri Bottas‘ drive from 14th to second in 2014 remains one of the great recent British Grand Prix stories. Bottas is just 2/7 for a points finish while Nico Hulkenberg should be backed at 4/7 to get some points in his Force India.

Formula One betting

Jul 3, 643 days ago

2015 British Grand Prix preview

2015 British Grand Prix preview

It’s a landmark weekend for motorsport in the UK this weekend as the British Grand Prix celebrates its 70th birthday. The race will be hosted by Silverstone for the 51st time and, appropriately, a Brit is the betting favourite.

Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 British Grand Prix.

Mercedes pair dominate the British Grand Prix betting

Despite losing to his German rival Nico Rosberg in three of the last four races, Lewis Hamilton has a ten point lead at the top of the driver’s championship and is the 8/15 favourite to win his third British Grand Prix.

Hamilton won the race from sixth on the grid last year and believes that not only is he better than last year but that this season he has been only been out-driven twice by his German team-mate Nico Rosberg.

The world champion said: “Monaco, I performed better that weekend and generally I have only had a couple where I have not been the strongest, it has been the other way round.

“When you say it has been balance and he (Rosberg) has been stronger, when you look at it seven poles out of eight is pretty decent and perhaps without Monaco, it wouldn’t be as close as it is now – he has had just two strong weekends.”

Having been ahead of the field at the Austrian Grand Prix, Hamilton has now led 17 successive Grands Prix and if he manages a front-running lap at Silverstone he’ll break Jackie Stewart’s 45 year record.

Stewart said it would be extra special to see the record broken the Britons’ home race, Silverstone. “Of all the GPs, yes, because that’s the one you want to win. I would be more than pleased to see him win it. I’ve never had a relationship with Lewis but I would be more than happy to go over the Mercedes garage and celebrate with them.

“He has a lot to be proud of. He has done very well.”

Rosberg is now just ten points behind Hamilton in the driver’s championship and has taken 93 points out of a possible 100 in the last four races. He’s a previous winner of the race (he won in 2013) and looks good value at 15/8 to keep up his good run by winning his fourth race of the season.

Ferrari look the most likely challengers

Beyond the two Mercedes cars the most likely challengers for this weekend’s race are the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikonnen.

Vettel hasn’t finished outside the top five in any race this season and has five podium finishes while Raikonnen has come under pressure after some erratic performances and there has been much talk that Daniel Ricciardo might be set to take the Finn’s place at Ferrari.

Vettel looks a good each-way bet at 12/1 while Raikonnen is available at 25/1.

While they may not be as fast as the top four cars, Daniel Ricciardo believes that the layout of Silverstone will allow his Red Bull to challenge Williams this weekend.

“We know our weaknesses here with the long straights, but there are a few more corners at Silverstone, which suits our car better, and we have some aerodynamic updates that will help us.

“I don’t think we’ll be able to fight with Mercedes or Ferrari yet but hopefully we can be close to Williams,” he said.

Ricciardo is 500/1 to record an unlikely win while last year’s runner-up Valtteri Bottas is 60/1 to go one better in his Williams.

Formula One betting

Mar 13, 755 days ago

2015 Australian Grand Prix preview

2015 Australian Grand Prix preview

The 2015 Formula One season kicks off in Melbourne this week and there is great anticipation ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton begins his title defence at Albert Park and it will be intriguing to see how the new cars – and the new teammates – fare in the opening round of a long season. Keep reading for our betting preview of the 2015 Australian Grand Prix.

Mercedes the favourites to win the opening race

Over the last twenty years the Albert Park circuit has become a favourite with both fans and drivers. A fast and consistent street circuit, it offers drivers the potential for fast lap times but it isn’t always the easiest circuit on which to overtake.

Mercedes come into the season as hot favourites to retain their constructor’s title and reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton and his teammate Nico Rosberg are certainly the drivers to beat in
Australia.

While Hamilton is the 11/10 favourite to win this weekend, teammate Rosberg has worked hard over the winter in order to prepare himself for the challenge of competing with the Englishman for the world title.

“I know the feeling of not winning in the end and I don’t intend to repeat that experience. It’s a huge motivation for me and gives me even more determination for 2015,” Rosberg told reporters in Barcelona. “I have focussed on pushing myself even harder for the rematch with Lewis.”

Over the winter, the German set the fastest time during testing and he completed more miles than any other driver. Rosberg’s preparations even extended to trying out different breathing methods in a bid to find a critical edge over his Mercedes teammate.

“I learned some things in the winter. For example, my breathing in the race car was something I could work on,” Rosberg added. “When we go through fast corners, we hold our breath because we have so much G-Force. That one or two per cent that makes the difference in the end.”

Who will emerge as the main challenger to Mercedes dominance?

The biggest challenge to Mercedes – at least in the early weeks of the season – looks as if it might come from a resurgent Williams team. Williams were the surprise of 2014, and after a string of podiums they came close to a win in Abu Dhabi as Felipe Massa chased Lewis Hamilton all the way to the flag.

Valtteri Bottas was fifth in Australia last year and hopes to do better in 2015. He said: “The weekend will be interesting but also important as we have to be able to have a strong start and make sure we gain the most from the weekend, especially as other teams improve. You never know how other teams will progress throughout the season, so points here are key.

“I like Melbourne, the first race is really when the gloves come off so qualifying will be an exciting session.”

Bottas is 10/1 to win while teammate Filipe Massa is available at 22/1.

The dramatic improvement at Ferrari has been acknowledged by both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, while Williams, Red Bull and Mercedes all say they expect the red cars to be at the sharp end of the battle.

Of course they have signed four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and the German hopes that he will come closer to the title than he did in last year’s disappointing Red Bull. Vettel joins 2007 world champion Kimi Raikonnen at Ferrari and boss Maurizio Arrivabene has called the pair ‘a perfect combination’.

Vettel won the race in 2011 and is 14/1 while Raikonnen won for Lotus in 2013 and can be backed at 20/1.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified in his home grand prix in 2014 and is looking forward to this year’s race. “I love going home and the fresh air really gives me that home feeling. I spend so much time now away from Australia that anywhere in Oz feels like home really. It’s the cars, the accent, the food and the weather.

“The whole [Melbourne] vibe and atmosphere is just amazing. It’s busy and there is always something going on. The track is fun. I’ve always liked street circuits. I think it’s a great and fast flowing circuit.”

Ricciardo is 14/1 while new teammate Daniil Kyvat is a 66/1 chance.

Verdict

Despite the improvements made by the chasing pack it’s hard to see past a Mercedes win in Melbourne this year. Nico Rosberg won the race in 2014 and the German looks good value at 2/1 to get his season off to a winning start.

Motor Racing betting

Sep 4, 945 days ago

2014 Italian Grand Prix preview

2014 Italian Grand Prix preview

The Formula One circus heads to Monza this week for the oldest GP in the calendar. The circuit nicknamed the ‘Cathedral of Speed’ hosts the fastest race of the season and after the fireworks in Belgium between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, fans will be eagerly awaiting the latest battle between the pair.

Rosberg leads Hamilton by 29 points going into the thirteenth race of the season. Keep reading for our preview of the 2014 Italian Grand Prix.

Mercedes drivers dominate the betting

The rivalry between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton finally boiled over in the last race in Belgium. Rosberg’s front wing punctured Hamilton’s left-rear tyre when he hit the back of the car on the second lap, resulting in the Brit’s later withdrawal.

Rosberg was booed on the podium having finished second and having extended his lead at the top of the driver’s championship to 29 points. Later, Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff said Rosberg’s driving was unacceptable and he was later punished by the team as he accepted responsibility for the crash.

While team meetings since the race have cleared the air, the battle between the pair promises to be fascinating. If the pair qualify on the front of the grid then the run to the first chicane at the start of the race at Monza promises to be quite a moment. And, with 11 of the last 14 victors at Monza winning from pole position, success in qualifying could be crucial.

Hamilton is determined to close the gap in Italy and this week tweeted: “My aim this weekend is to claw back the gap in the Drivers’ Championship. I won’t give up until the flag drops in Abu Dhabi.”  The Englishman is the 20/21 favourite to win the race while you can back Rosberg at 6/4.

A great season for the new Red Bull driver

While the two Mercedes drivers are battling between themselves, Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has been going quietly about his business. The Australian has won the last two Grands Prix and is the only non-Mercedes driver to win a race this season.

Ricciardo is now just 35 points behind Lewis Hamilton in the standings and another win this weekend would bring the 25 year old right into contention for the driver’s title, having already been awarded the prestigious Trofeo Bandini this season. The Red Bull driver is 10/1 to make it three wins in a row.

Valtteri Bottas has registered a podium finish in four of his last five races in the improved Williams and is now fifth in the driver’s standings. The Finn is 6/4 to register another podium finish this weekend.

Fernando Alonso will be able to guarantee huge support for himself this weekend with thousands of Ferrari fans expected to turn out for the team’s home race. However, Alonso played down his chances this week and was critical of his car. He told Sky Sports: “Because we are not competitive and also because it is quite boring to drive the car … It is too slow and too heavy and we are not able to have the noise that we used to enjoy.”

Verdict

While Red Bull may have won the last two races the power of the Mercedes engine should be too much at Monza – the fastest circuit in the F1 calendar. This all points to a Mercedes win, although all eyes will be on how the two rivals go about their business.

Lewis Hamilton needs the win more and should close the gap at the top of the driver’s championship with a win at 20/21.

Formula One betting

Jul 4, 1007 days ago

2014 British Grand Prix preview

2014 British Grand Prix preview

The British Grand Prix has been one of the highlights of the sporting summer since back in 1926. Thousands of spectators head to Silverstone every year for the event which, this year, is the ninth race in the 2014 season.

On paper it looks like a battle between last year’s winner and the last British driver to win the race. Keep reading for our preview of the 2014 British Grand Prix.

Mercedes drivers dominate the betting

One team has dominated the 2014 Formula One season. Mercedes drivers have won all but one of the races in 2014 and the German team lead the constructor’s championship by a massive 58 points.

Nico Rosberg currently heads the driver’s championship after his win in Austria and the German hasn’t finished outside the top two in the eight races so far this season. Even with a power unit failure in Canada, the 29 year old son of F1 legend Keke Rosberg still managed to drag his Mercedes home in second place and he leads team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 29 points going into this race.

Rosberg won the British Grand Prix in 2013 and is a worthy 4/6 favourite.

The only man who the bookies give any hope of stopping Rosberg is his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton was the last British driver to win his home GP – back in 2008 – and is desperate to give the Silverstone crowd something to cheer about in 2014.

“When I won there in 2008, coming through a chicane and people were aquaplaning and going off and [Felipe] Massa spun, I was going through and I could see the crowds getting up and cheering. It was so supportive. With the crowd there you feel like you are doing it all together,” he said.

“Even though I have not got the results there recently, people are still supportive and say ‘don’t worry, there is next time’. I am really confident I can do it this year. I have the car, so there is no reason why we shouldn’t.

“It’s coming at the right time. I have had a couple of dodgy races, so it will be good to get it right. I’m going to Silverstone with the best package I’ve ever had.”

Hamilton really needs a victory to get his season back on track after some recent qualifying errors. It’s the best chance of a home win in years and Hamilton is 6/4 to win his second British Grand Prix.

Williams finally showing signs of improvement

There was a time when Williams used to dominate the British Grand Prix. A Williams driver won eight of the twelve Grands Prix between 1986 and 1997 with Nigel Mansell, Jacques Villeneuve, Alain Prost and Damon Hill at the wheel.

There were signs in Austria that Williams’ recent slump is finally over. Valtteri Bottas secured his maiden Formula One podium finish and the team’s first for more than two years, with team-mate Filipe Massa in fourth place. The 27 points collected was the team’s biggest haul since the introduction of the current scoring system in 2010.

Claire Williams, the deputy team principal, said: “The aim now is to maintain this level of consistency, this level of points scoring, and there is no reason why we can’t do that. The car has the pace, we’ve shown that consistently throughout the previous races, but we’ve had a bit of bad luck and sometimes we’ve not made the best calls.

“But now we’ve achieved this, the realistic aim is to keep making up positions in the constructors’ championship and I think we can do that – I hope we can do that. It’s about consistent points scoring, scoring big points as well, with more podium appearances. That has to be the goal for us.”

The Williams drivers are each 20/1 to secure a win.

Red Bull have won three of the last five Grands Prix at Silverstone and the circuit is just 20 minutes from the team’s HQ. Despite their poor record in 2014 they have a good recent record at the event and team principal Christian Horner is in confident mood.

World champion Sebastian Vettel is a previous winner of the race and is available at 33/1 with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo available at 25/1.

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Mar 16, 1847 days ago

2012 F1 Season Betting Preview

Formula 1 Season Preview 2012

Twenty races, six world champions and even a new TV channel dedicated to the sport. The Formula One season is back, and there will be plenty of twists and turns between now and November.
Sebastian Vettel is the odds on favourite to win his third consecutive Drivers’ Championship, but the German could well face a stiffer challenge in 2012 than he did last year. Keep reading for our guide to the brand new F1 season.

Jul 3, 2104 days ago

2011 British Grand Prix Betting

2011 British Grand Prix Preview

After Sebastian Vettel extended his lead at the top of the Formula One driver’s championship to 77 points with his win in Valencia, both of the German’s main rivals seemed to throw in the towel as far as the title was concerned.

Jun 18, 2119 days ago

Weekly Sports Betting Tips

Betting Previews

Football

As one international tournament ends this weekend, another begins. England’s disappointing defeat to the Czech Republic cost them the chance of emulating their performance of two years ago in the UEFA under 21 tournament, and Spain look worthy 4/11 favourites to lift the title.

UEFA U21 European Championships

Nov 12, 2337 days ago

F1 Betting Tips – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place in the United Arab Emirates this Sunday, with a handful of F1 drivers still in contention to be crowned F1 World Champion. The mathematics is a little complicated but for British driver Lewis Hamilton (50/1), well, he needs something short of a miracle to win his second drivers’ championship.

It’s fairly straight-forward though for two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso (10/11).

Jul 30, 2442 days ago

Online Betting Preview – Playing the Odds

Online Betting Preview

Welcome to our weekly column where we try and seek good value in some longer odds bets.

Review

We had a small profit last week after backing Cape Blanco to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Whilst Harbinger might have won in style, the 6/1 each way that we took on Aiden O’Brien’s star pupil ended in a profit.

Jul 8, 2464 days ago

Online Betting Preview – Playing the Odds

Playing the Odds

Welcome to our weekly column where we try and seek good value in some longer odds bets.

Review

When you have backed a golfer at 16/1 to win a tournament, seeing them at the top of the leaderboard with four holes to play is a great feeling. That’s how I felt on Sunday as Martin Kaymer negotiated the back nine in Versailles…until double bogeys on the 15th and 18th hoes meant he finished T6 – not even good enough for an each way profit.

Still, I correctly identified three of the World Cup semi-finalists for an 8 point profit. Not bad!

1pt Spain to win the World Cup Final 1-0 at 5/1

Jul 7, 2465 days ago

F1 Betting Tips – 2010 British Grand Prix Preview

2010 British Grand Prix Preview

Let’s take a look at the betting markets and some betting tips for the 2010 British Grand Prix at Silverstone this Sunday.

Outright Betting

The 2009 British Grand Prix champion, Sebastian Vettel, heads the betting at 11/5 followed closely by Englishman and 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton at 13/5.

Vettel recorded his second victory of the 2010 season at the European Grand Prix a couple of week’s ago but the German, who rides for Red Bull Racing, still trails Hamilton in the overall standings by twelve points.