How the Bookies See It
|Singapore Grand Prix Winner||
|2017 Drivers' Championship||
- Sebastian Vettel started the Italian Grand Prix in sixth place on the grid, so he knew that it would be an uphill struggle to prevent Lewis Hamilton from converting his pole position to a win, but he drove well to minimise Hamilton’s advantage as much as possible. He moved into fifth place in lap three, and was sitting in third place by the end of lap eight. That was as close as he got to Hamilton, however, as the Brit’s Mercedes was outperforming the German’s Ferrari, and Vettel had to fend off advances from Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo to hold onto third and a place on the podium. That result gave Vettel 15 points for the race, bringing his total to 235 for the season, and putting him in second place in the standings for the 2017 Drivers’ Championship.
- Lewis Hamilton broke Michael Schumacher’s record for the most pole positions achieved by any Formula 1 racing driver when he secured his 69th pole for the Italian Grand Prix, and it couldn’t have happened at a better time. A win in Italy was sure to put him at the top of the Drivers’ Championship table, so when he achieved pole position, he knew that he had to make it count, and he did so admirably. Hamilton led the race from start to finish in what turned out to be his easiest race of the year, earning 25 points for the win, which brings his total to 238 points.
- Daniel Ricciardo is third in the betting for the Singapore Grand Prix, and that is partly thanks to his superb performance in Italy, where he managed to turn a fairly awful grid position into a creditable fourth place finish. Ricciardo had started the race in 16th place after being given a penalty for too many engine changes in recent weeks, but he drove aggressively from the outset and by the time his late-changed tyres had lost their edge, he had managed to get third-placed Vettel in his sights. He eventually finished a shade over four seconds behind the German to take 12 points, which means he has earned 144 points for the season and currently sits in fourth place in the Drivers’ Championship table.
Lewis Hamilton is on fire at the moment, but he isn’t the favourite to win the Singapore Grand Prix, and for good reason. The street circuit in Singapore will present drivers with conditions that will be very similar to those already experienced in Hungary and Monaco, where cars need a lot of downforce to perform optimally. Ferrari have proved to be far superior to Mercedes in that respect this season, and so the Italian team is expected to dominate this weekend. That doesn’t mean Hamilton can’t win, of course, but it does explain why the bookmakers haven’t made him the favourite to do so.
Given the downforce issue, Ferrari’s superiority in that respect and the fact that Vettel’s will want to reclaim his position at the top of the Drivers’ Championship table as soon as possible, we will side with the German to win this weekend.
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*Please note, odds may change as the race approaches.