Formula One is back in action with the Australian Grand Prix taking place at the end of the week. Who will be able to beat Mercedes, and defeat Lewis Hamilton, winner of nine Grand Prix last year? Sebastian Vettel, with his impressive record and five victories last year, seems to believe he has a chance to do it.
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This new season offers yet again excellent opportunities for the most passionate bettors, starting with great value betting on the 2018 Australian Grand Prix odds board.
The German driver Vettel, who has been in the footsteps of Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher since his four consecutive titles from 2010 to 2013, is chasing the same record as Hamilton: a fifth World Championship. However, since 2013 Vettel has been unable to be the best, leaving Hamilton and Nico Rosberg grab the titles.
2018 season is due to offer an epic duel between Hamilton and Vettel, with a new stake: both men are now in a position to equal the record of five world titles of the Argentine Fangio. It remains to be seen if their Finnish teammates Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Räikkönen, as well as Red Bulls, will be able to challenge them more often this season.
The young Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon will also be very interesting to watch and will try everything to finish the season in the top three.
Faster tyres and a halo
The season will start at even higher speeds than last year, when larger, lower and more powerful cars had improved the lap record in ten different Grand Prix.
Pirelli inaugurates the softer and fastest tyre ever used which allowed Vettel to break the lap record in Barcelona during pre-season testing (1’17”182 compared to 1’18”339 from Felipe Massa back in 2008). A promising performance, even if we know that the track was resurfaced during the winter, which helps improves performance overall.
Regarding cars, it will be important to get used to the halo, a titanium structure that sits above the car’s cockpit to protect the driver’s head from flying debris.
Another key difference between this year’s cars and those of 2017 is the removal of the ‘shark fin’ aerodynamic device on the engine cover and the ‘T-wing’ appendages that came with it.
But the most important regulatory change is invisible: the teams are now limited to three engines per car and per season, compared to four last year.
Reliability will be more crucial than ever: any driver who earns a grid penalty of fifteen places or more will have to start from the back of the grid. If more than one driver receives such a penalty they will be arranged at the back of the grid in the order in which they changed components.
Will you dare to bet against Mercedes?
Mercedes has won the last four Constructors Championships. Will Ferrari and Red Bull be able to stop this streak? The two seemed to show a higher pure speed during the winter tests in Spain.
Ferrari and Vettel had a good season in 2017, but they failed to come out on top due to some reliability issues. We can trust the Italian team to focus more on this aspect.
After teaming up with Vettel at Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo now has to deal with Dutchman Max Verstappen in his team, considered by many observers as a future world champion.
Comparing the two teammates was not an easy task in 2017 because of many technical problems on both sides, but Verstappen still won two Grands Prix, compared to one for Ricciardo.
However, it was Verstappen who obtained a contract extension during the last campaign. Without a contract at the end of season, Ricciardo could decide to try his luck at Mercedes or Ferrari in 2019, the contracts of Bottas and Raikkonen expiring at the end of the year.
Will Bottas step up?
The Finn driver had quickly agreed to replace Rosberg in 2017, after the latter announced his decision to retire. Now happy to drive for Mercredes, the ambitious Bottas was still dominated by his teammate Hamilton last year. But after winning his first three career wins, he got a contract extension for this season. These could be crucial times for Bottas to show the fans he is able to step up.
First race of the season
Last year, the Australian Grand Prix surprised many observers with the victory of Vettel, despite Hamilton’s impressive pole position during qualifying: 1’22”188. In the race, Hamilton found himself stuck behind Verstappen and failed to win the strategy battle against Vettel.
The British will have this disappointment in mind: he has mastered the Championship throughout last season, and for this first race you have the possibility to bet on the determination of Hamilton to win the Australian Grand Prix @ 1.82.
Outrights markets available at Easysportbet:
Mercedes @ 1.38
Red Bull @ 4.2
Ferrari @ 6.0
Hamilton @ 1.74
Vettel @ 5.6
Verstappen @ 9.2
Bottas @ 12.5
Ricciardo @ 18.0
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