Australian Grand Prix Betting Tips – 25th March 2018
Melbourne is a city known the world over for hosting a number of world class sporting events.
Tennis fans flock to Melbourne to watch the Australian Open in January, the Boxing Day Test is always a special event whoever the Baggy Greens are playing and the Australian Grand Prix kicks off the Formula 1 season every year.
It’s the latter event in Albert Park that we’re focussing on as excitement levels continue to build ahead of this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.
After an intriguing fortnight of testing in Barcelona during which the F1 teams had to deal with everything from snow to blinding sunshine we’re promised a close run thing in both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships but who will land the first blow?
Vettel to Start His Season Perfectly Again
Sebastian Vettel is no longer the new boy at Ferrari. The 30-year-old has had a few years to get his feet under the table at the Italian team and now is the time for him to kick on and lead them to glory.
There is no doubt that Mercedes – the favourites to win the constructors’ championship at $1.52 with Centrebet – view Ferrari as their main threat this season.
It was Ferrari who set the fastest lap in Barcelona (Vettel posted a time of 1:17.182 on the hyper-soft tyre) and they’ll be confident of getting their season off to a fast start just like in 2017.
Vettel has a number of wins on street circuits to his name and with two previous Australian Grand Prix wins it’s obvious that the German feels comfortable racing in Melbourne.
As well as the good memories from last year’s race where he got the better of Lewis Hamilton, Vettel will enjoy the extra DRS zone that’s been added so he does look a good price to win on Sunday at $4.50 with Unibet.
Mercedes’ Domination of Qualifying to Continue
You could reel off a long list of reasons as to why Mercedes have won the last four constructors’ and drivers’ championships. Somewhere towards the top of that list is the team’s incredibly impressive record in qualifying.
Much of the credit for that record must go to Lewis Hamilton but the reliable nature and outright speed of the car are also vital.
Every Formula 1 driver wants to start races from pole position but it is not the be all and end all in the Australian Grand Prix. In fact, the man who started on pole has only gone on to win the race on Sunday once in the last four years.
Therefore, we think Vettel will be able to win the race even if Hamilton claims pole position in qualifying at $1.70 with Centrebet.
Ricciardo to Send Out a Message In Front of Home Support
F1 pundits have been predicting a long running battle between Mercedes and Ferrari in the upcoming season for some time now. However, at this early stage of the season it is a mistake to write off the chances of Red Bull.
Daniel Ricciardo has been keen to remind the competition that he and his team will be right in the mix come the end of the season. The Aussie driver has more reason than most to start his season well and he could well spring a bit of a surprise in Melbourne.
We’re not going to tip Ricciardo to win his home Grand Prix but we do think he looks a good price to finish on the podium at $2.20 with Bet365.
Top Betting Tips
Sebastian Vettel to win at $4.50 with Unibet
Lewis Hamilton to qualify in pole position at $1.70 with Centrebet
Daniel Ricciardo to finish on the podium at $2.20 with Bet365