Formula1 Singapore GP: Round 15 Preview and Best Bets

Eric Kelly

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:16 PM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2019 7:16 PM UTC

The Singapore GP has the unique record of being the only race to date to have a safety car in every race

<div><h2><strong>Formula1 Singapore GP</strong></h2><p><strong>Sunday, September 22nd, Track: Marino Bay Street Circuit</strong></p><h2><strong>Preview</strong></h2><p>Charles Leclerc took victory last time out in the Italian GP, claiming his second ever F1 victory and his second win in a row. He has both Mercedes drivers chasing him down for most of the race. In the end he managed to hang on in front and won by +0.835 seconds to Valtteri Bottas in second. His teammate Sebastian Vettel was not so happy as he only managed 13<sup>th</sup> position after spinning off the track and then later in the race receiving a drive through penalty. Vettel has now gone 22 races without a victory but has managed to finish on the podium for 10 of those 22 races. Its looking like he badly needs a win to save his F1 career and there has been rumours that he will move back to Red Bull.</p><p>Lewis Hamilton holds a 63-point lead at the top of the championship over his teammate. Its looks as though the championship is all done and dusted, and Hamilton should receive his 6<sup>th</sup> world title. However, there is a nice battle heating up for third position in the championship standings between Max Verstappen, Leclerc and Vettel. Verstappen has 185pts, Leclerc is on 182pts and a little behind is Vettel on 169pts.</p><h2><strong>Key Stats &amp; Facts </strong></h2><ul> <li> <p>The Singapore GP is one of my favourite races of the F1 calendar. It’s a night race and a street circuit in the Marina Bay area of Downtown Core in Singapore. It was the inaugural F1 night race back in 2008.</p> </li> <li> <p>The Singapore GP has the unique record of being the only race to date to have a safety car in every race. This has resulted in eighteen safety cars in eleven races.</p> </li> <li> <p>There has been an average of 4.1 DNFs in the previous five races.</p> </li> <li> <p>Daniel Ricardo and Nikko Hulkenberg both finished in the top 5 in the Italian GP for team Renault. It’s the first time both racers have made top five for Renault since their F1 return in 2016.</p> </li></ul><h2><strong>Betting Odds</strong></h2><ul> <li> <p>Lewis Hamilton 6/4</p> </li> <li> <p>Max Verstappen 7/4</p> </li> <li> <p>Valtteri Bottas 8/1</p> </li> <li> <p>Charles Leclerc 10/1</p> </li> <li> <p>Alex Albon 12/1</p> </li> <li> <p>Sebastian Vettel 14/1</p> </li> <li> <p>Rest of Field 1000/1</p> </li></ul><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2><strong>Verdict</strong></h2><p>So, the first thing that needs to be discussed coming into the Singapore GP is the fact that Red Bull have finished 2<sup>nd</sup> in the previous five races, they haven’t managed to stand on the top step of that podium yet under the night sky in Singapore. I don’t believe they will do so again this time around either and no way are we betting on Verstappen at 7/4. That’s almost an insult to Hamilton at this stage. I am not saying they won’t win, but I want nothing to do with this victory if your giving me this awful price. Even looking at the other Red bull driver, Alex Albon, is only 12/1. This is a driver who not long ago was 200/1+. I will take Verstappen to have the fastest lap of the race as Red Bull are clearly fast around this track.</p><p>There is no real value or edge I can find in the winners market this week; Lewis Hamilton looks a good bet but again he is only 6/4 and too short a price for me in F1. I do however like a bet on Leclerc to finish in the top three at 9/4, this is amazing value for a driver who is on fire and just won his last two races. His teammate Vettel is a broken driver, he has been having terrible luck and feeling the pressure from Leclerc trying to take his number 1 driver spot within the team. Vettel also hasn’t had a DNF in 24 races and this could be time he breaks that streak; we can get 11/2 on him not to finish.</p><p>The final bet I am having for Sunday is a very rare and almost unique type of bet. I am going to stake 0.25 units on both Williams drivers to score points (top 10 finish) the price is 100/1 on both drivers with Bet 365. I am choosing this because the circuit in Singapore is a very narrow street circuit with a lot of speed so we might have a few drivers crashing out and causing havoc in general, also Williams are the only team left on the grid to have both drivers finish every race this year. George Russel’s best finish this year was 11<sup>th</sup> (so close to top 10th) and Robert Kubica managed a 10<sup>th</sup> place finish in Germany. His price for top 10 that day was also 100/1.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bets</strong></h2><p><em><strong>Charles Leclerc top 3 finish 3.25 (9/4) with Sky Bet 1.5 unit</strong></em></p><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="F1 Betting Odds"><em><strong>Red Bull both cars to be classified NO 2.00 (1/1) with Bet365 1 unit</strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="F1 Betting Odds"><em><strong>Max Verstappen fastest lap 4.00 (3/1) with Betfred 1 unit</strong></em></a></p><h2><strong>Recommended Fun Bets for Interest </strong></h2><p><a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="F1 Betting Odds"><em><strong>Winning team Renault 501.00 (500/1) with Betfair 0.50 unit</strong></em></a></p><p><em><strong>Sebastian Vettel not to finish 6.50 (11/2) with Betfair 0.50 unit</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>George Russel points finish 101.00 (100/1) with Bet365 0.25 unit</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Robert Kubica points finish 101.00 (100/1) with Bet365 0.25 unit</strong></em></p></div>
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