Formula 1 – Japanese Grand Prix
All eyes are on Suzuka this weekend for the renewal of the Japanese Grand Prix. Sport is thriving in this part of the world at the moment with a number of British fans in Japan for the Rugby World Cup. They’ll have an interest in Sunday’s race hoping England’s Lewis Hamilton can deliver the result needed to move closer to another world championship.
Practice begins on Friday before the qualifying stage gets underway. The Japanese Grand Prix will be raced to a conclusion on Sunday and armchair fans back home can follow every rev, overtake and crash live on Sky Sports.
Bookies Expect More Excitement
Bookmakers are expecting an increased level of interest in this race. The very notion of an exciting season would have been laughed out of town at the start of the summer but that’s exactly what we have in store as Lewis Hamilton is made to work for his title. It was though the Brit would stroll towards another crown, but that’s not the case and he now has Valtteri Bottas, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen applying pressure.
Odds compilers lay out a feast of exciting Formula 1 markets covering both the outright title races and the Japanese Grand Prix. Will Lewis Hamilton win the driver’s championship? Traders believe so and they have him as hot favourite to lift the trophy once again. There’s also betting on the constructor’s championship but there looks to be no touching McLaren at present. Ferrari rate as the main danger but they must get their house in order if they are to cause panic across the pit lanes.
Punters may wish to bet on the here and now, risking their cash on the winner of this weekend’s race. You can predict the driver to cross the line first or play one of the many specials available. There’s podium finish, fastest lap, points finish, match bets and many more. You can even wager your stake on the safety car making an appearance, as it did last time to hand Lewis Hamilton victory in Russia at the end of September. Bet wisely and you could turn a healthy profit while enjoying the live coverage. There’s even in-play betting, meaning a gamble is as exciting in the final few laps as it was before the lights to start the Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton Won Last Year
Lewis Hamilton won the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix when leading home a chasing pack fronted by Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen. That win moved the Englishman to within touching distance of what was to be his fifth world title and the result meant the writing was on the wall for his rivals. If he can repeat the feat on Sunday and a few of the places also work in his favour he will, once again, stride closer to the driver’s championship title.
Seb Vettel ended back in sixth that day, a result that was disappointing for the German, but it was actually a great effort. He spun out of control when attempting to pass Verstappen on the Spoon Curve but battled back. Vettel will feel like he has unfinished business with the Japanese Grand Prix following that misfortune and another big effort is expected of him. The former champ has won only one Grand Prix so far this season, but he has been knocking on the door of late. Anything less than a second Grand Prix win this weekend and we can put a line through his chances.
Leclerc Backed by the Traders
Despite the return to form of Lewis Hamilton last week and the fact he won this race last year, he isn’t priced up as the favourite in the early betting. Head of the market is Charles Leclerc who is enjoying a breakthrough season and is seen as the future of Formula 1. Charles Leclerc to win on Sunday is 33/20 favourite, best price with Unibet.
That prices him ahead of Lewis Hamilton who started the week as a 7/4 second fav with Ladbrokes and that’s a price that will interest value hunters. He’s sure to be popular. Revenge for Seb Vettel? Backers can get their hands on a decent 7/2 (bet365).