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18th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The new season of the Formula 1 Drivers Championship is upon us. This is a bit of a unique season as well because there are 21 Grands Prix across the season, more than which have ever been held before in a single season. So there is a tougher race to the ultimate finish line of winning the Formula 1 Drivers Championship 2016.
Lewis Hamilton kicks off the new season as the reigning champion in his Mercedes. That was his third title of his career and his second consecutive one after cruising to the 2014 title as well. Hamilton is running as 8/15 odds on favourite to win the Driver Championship yet again this season and his Mercedes team is 1/8 to take the victory again in the Constructors Championship. So heavy favourites all around there for the team.
For racing fans, they will be hoping that Ferrari have upped the ante a little bit and they were putting in fast time during practice out in Spain. However, they didn’t do nearly as much testing overall as the Mercedes team did. Will that hamper them down the line? Regardless, Ferrari look far closer to Mercedes this season than last and they have multiple world champion Sebastian Vettel still with them.
The biggest change that Ferrari need to nail this season is getting in better qualifications. They were very poor last season in that respect and they were on the back foot for most of the season because of it. But they can take hope from Vettel having gotten wins on the board last season, because they did mix it up with Mercedes on occasions. Vettel is running at a price of 9/2 to win another Formula 1 Driver Championship, with Nico Rosberg sandwiched in between him and Hamilton at a price of 3/1.
Formula 1 Drivers Championship 2016 Odds
Lewis Hamilton 8/15, Nico Rosberg 3/1, Sebastian Vettel 9/2, Kimi Raikkonen 40/1, Fernando Alonso 66/1, bar 80/1
Formula 1 Constructors Championship 2016 Odds
Mercedes 1/8, Ferrari 9/2, Red Bull 33/1, McLaren 33/1, bar 66/1
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Formula 1 Drivers Championship 2016 Season
So twenty one races to come this season. It all starts, as usual, with the Australian Grand Prix at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne on March 20th. The season wraps up all the way at the back end of November with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on the 27th.
Australian Grand Prix: Australia Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne: 20 March
Bahrain Grand Prix: Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir: 3 April
Chinese Grand Prix: China Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai: 17 April
Russian Grand Prix: Russia Sochi Autodrom, Sochi: 1 May
Spanish Grand Prix: Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona: 15 May
Monaco Grand Prix: Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo: 29 May
Canadian Grand Prix: Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal: 12 June
European Grand Prix: Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit, Baku: 19 June
Austrian Grand Prix: Austria Red Bull Ring, Spielberg: 3 July
British Grand Prix: United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone: 10 July
Hungarian Grand Prix: Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest: 24 July
German Grand Prix: Germany Hockenheimring, Hockenheim: 31 July
Belgian Grand Prix: Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot: 28 August
Italian Grand Prix: Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza: 4 September
Singapore Grand Prix: Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore: 18 September
Malaysian Grand Prix: Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur: 2 October
Japanese Grand Prix: Japan Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka: 9 October
United States Grand Prix: United States Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas: 23 October
Mexican Grand Prix: México Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City: 30 October
Brazilian Grand Prix: Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo: 13 November
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi: 27 November
So the difference this season is that there has been the return of the European Grand Prix. This race, which has moved around circuits throughout the history of F1 gets a running at a brand new street circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan on June 19th. So that will be a really interesting race to look forward too and the German Grand Prix goes back to Hockenheimring as they are now going to be alternating with the Nurburgring.
Also, as usual with F1 there has been tinkering with rules and regulations. Some of the changes this season includes a new tyre compound and extra chances for development through the season and perhaps the biggest one is that a ‘screamer pipe’ has been added to increase car noise, which is through a separate wastegate for exhaust pipes.
There has also been a change to qualifying as well, as it will now be operating on a knockout system. It has been designed to hopefully see the starting grids get mixed up a little bit from the usual processions. In this system, drivers will be eliminated from qualifying one by one, with the slowest driver not taking any further part in the qualifying until there are fifteen runners left. You then get another 15 minute segment in qualifying with the slowest driver being knocked out after six minutes of running and then a further driver knockout out after each 90 seconds have passed.
Formula 1 Drivers Championship Records and Stats
Legend Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver in the history of the sport with seven Formula 1 Drivers Championship title. Argentine Juan Fangio still holds second place in the list of all time greats with five titles, his last coming in 1957. Of the current drivers, Sebastian Vettel is closest to catching him having won the title four times in his career (level with greats like Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna) while Lewis Hamilton is just behind with three wins. The only other driver currently in the sport who has won the title on more than one occasion is Spain’s Fernando Alonso (2).
Great Britain have produced the most Formula 1 Drivers Championship winners in the history of the sport, with ten different drivers having claimed the title, including great likes Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill. In total they have combined for 16 titles.
German drivers have won eleven titles and it has taken just two drivers to amass all that, Michael Schumacher with seven and Sebastian Vettel with his four. Brazil are next on the list having taken eight titles with three drivers (Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet and AYrton Senna). The most constructor’s championships have been won by Ferrari, having notched up 15 of them, with McLaren holding second place with twelve of them.
With Lewis Hamilton winning back to back Championships, he joins an elite list of drivers who have won consecutive championships. Michael Schumacher holds the record with five consecutive wins (2000 – 2004) while Sebastian Vettel is close on four (jointly with Juan Manuel Fangio). Hamilton joins others like Senna, Alain Prost and Schumacher on two.
Formula 1 Drivers Championship Preview
Mercedes still look like the team to beat despite Ferrari looking an improved team during testing. If it is going to be Mercedes all the way then you will still put your money on Hamilton to bring home the bacon. Rosberg won three races in a row at the back end of season but that could have been down to Hamilton having won the title before those three races and he probably eased off a bit in his competitive edge. Rosberg was a little quicker than his teammate in testing, but when it comes to the crunch, Hamilton lives on the edge a little more in pushing his car. Hamilton to win.
2nd July 2015 / paul - Category:
Most Grand Prix fans just want to see an exciting race but British fans at Silverstone this weekend won’t be satisfied unless their favourite – Lewis Hamilton – is first past the chequered flag.
Silverstone marks the midpoint of an F1 season but most questions already appear to have been answered. Mercedes are dominating again but there is only 10 points between Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the top of the Drivers’ Championship following the German’s convincing win in the Austrian GP. Ferrari appear to have the measure of Williams in the battle to follow Mercedes home in the Constructors’ Championship but bookmakers stopped taking bets on that market weeks ago and it’s inconceivable that the Brackley-based team won’t dominate again at Silverstone, where they’ve won for the last two years.
Inevitably, Hamilton and Rosberg dominate the betting this weekend. The Briton, who won in 2013, is 4/5 with Betfred – last year’s winner Rosberg is 2/1 with Coral and William Hill. Ferrari‘s Sebastian Vettel is a general 12/1 as he bids for his first win at Silverstone since 2009 and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen is 25/1 with most layers. There aren’t many offers on the British Grand Prix but betfair will refund your stake as a free bet up to £25 if you back a driver that fails to finish.
It might be worth backing Williams‘ Valtteri Bottas for a podium finish at the 9/2 with bet365, Betfred, sportingbet, BetVictor and Stan James. The Finn drove a brilliant race around Silverstone last year to finish second after starting from 14th on the grid. With the Williams getting gradually quicker, he should be much further forward this year and, while he’s unlikely to trouble either Hamilton or Rosberg barring accidents, those odds are much better value than the general 11/4 against an out-of-sorts Raikkonen and the best 4/9 against Vettel with Paddy Power.
Jenson Button has a woeful record in the British GP and the McLaren driver might be a worth a bet at 7/1 with BetVictor, Ladbrokes, William Hill or bwin in the market to be the first driver to retire, though the general 14/1 against Toro Rosso‘s Carlos Sainz in this market also make some appeal. It’s 5/11 with bwin that Mercedes enjoy another one-two and that might be the bet for those who can’t make up whose turn it is this weekend.
2nd January 2015 / paul - Category:
Novelty Betting & Other Events Betting
As we head in to the New Year – and a Happy New Year to all readers – a few bookmakers are looking into what the next 12 months have in store for us. You can even have a bet on the first notable achievement of 2015, sporting or otherwise. Do you think Phil Taylor is going to win the BetVictor World Matchplay? ‘The Power’ is 3/1 with the sponsors and has the first opportunity to make money for his backers in the What Will Happen in 2015 lists. If Taylor can’t get the better of Michael van Gerwen, how about Serena Williams winning the women’s singles title in the Australian Open later this month? She’s 15/8 with Skybet – or England to win the Six Nations at 5/2 with the same firm? Thinking more long term, William Hill are offering 25/1 that the BBC cancel soap Eastenders in 2015 with Coronation Street at 33/1 to suffer the same fate. They will also give you 2/1 that Lewis Hamilton marries celebrity girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger this year. Cash to be made there, Lewis, if you’ve already popped the question! (though he’s one of the few men on the planet who doesn’t need any extra pocket money right now) Among the more bizarre betting markets is the Pope to confirm the second coming by the end of the year – that is 500/1 with William Hill. Just as unlikely but a fraction of the odds is Ant and Dec to stop working together (12/1 with William Hill) but there could be some mileage in the 25/1 the same bookmaker offers about the Elgin Marbles being returned to Greece in their entirety. Let’s be brutally honest here, everyone knows that the marbles belong in Athens – there is even a new museum under the Parthenon in which to house them. For too long, the debate about where they belong has been too much about national pride and not enough about the actual art. But the nationalism argument has been re-ignited over the British Museum‘s decision to allow part of the collection to be exhibited in Russia – the Greeks have described it as an affront to their people given the Brits always maintained that the marbles were too delicate to be moved. Talking of politics and relics of the past, Skybet make Boris Johnson a 6/1 chance to replace David Cameron as leader of the Conservatives in 2015 – if that happened there would probably be a few racing the Elgin Marbles to the first boat out of the country!
15th December 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
There was a bit of an upset in the predictions of bookmakers as 4/6 odds on favourite Rory McIlroy failed to land the 2014 SPOTY prize, beaten out by F1 driver Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton stormed his way to the second F1 Drivers World Championship title and just a few hours before the awards ceremony, he could have been snapped up at a nice price of 13/8.
The bookmakers like online betting site Ladbrokes had been firmly expecting that the public would be rewarding golfer Rory McIlroy for his exploits this year. The Northern Irish star landed back to back Majors at the The Open Championship and the US PGA Championship and was for a long time, installed as favourite in SPOTY betting. To be fair, it was a brilliant season from McIlroy, especially amid a host of personal problems, including a massive court case.
However, the nature of Hamilton’s F1 duel with his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg could have kept the driver at the fore of the public’s mind, especially going deeper into the calendar year. Hamilton put in some brilliant form over the second half of the season, winning six of the final seven races of the season (the only exception a second place finish).
Hamilton won 209,920 of the 620,932 votes cast for the 2014 Sports Personality of the Year, with McIlroy getting 123,745 (20%) and third placed athlete Jo Pavey taking 99,913 (16%).
Real Madrid’s Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo lead a close-run Overseas Sports Personality race, beating out world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic.
15th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
It is all set for a grandstand finish to the F1 season as the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi offers up double points. In line for the Drivers Championship title are the Mercedes pairing of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
It is a showdown between them and while Hamilton takes a 17 point lead into the race, if Rosberg takes a win as he did in Brazil last time out, and Hamilton finishes outside of the top two, then the title will be going to the German.
It is really Hamilton’s for the losing, because the British driver hasn’t been outside of the top two in any of the last six races. He has strung together a tremendous stretch of form, winning five in a row before having to settle for second in Brazil last weekend to Rosberg. As long as Rosberg doesn’t win the race in Abu Dhabi, Hamilton can afford to finish fifth or higher to still be crowned world champion.
So it will be an interesting race, because there could be a need to simply nurse home the car for the win, depending on the circumstances in the race. Hamilton is a 5/6 shot to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix outright, with Rosberg even money second favourite at online bookmaker Betway.
The last six races have produced a Mercedes 1-2, with Hamilton again, having won five of those six, beating his teammate into second. But will the German take the momentum from the Brazil victory forward?
Is there one final, dramatic twist left to the F1 season? Rosberg is a 3/1 shot to wrench the title out of Hamilton’s hands, with the British driver naturally an odds on 1/5 shot to win the F1 Drivers Championship.
There is great coverage for your Abu Dhabi Grand Prix betting at online bookmaker Betway. Place a race winner or podium finish bet, pre-race and if your selection fails to complete the first lap of the race, then Betway will furnish you with a free bet up to £25 back.
6th October 2014 / paul - Category:
A first-ever Russian Grand Prix at Sochi this weekend would normally be causing much excitement in F1 circles but Jules Bianchi‘s life-threatening injuries are what is dominating everyone’s thoughts at present.
The young Frenchman, in only his second season in F1, spun off the rain-soaked Suzuka circuit in Japan on Sunday, crashing into a tractor that was trying to recover the damaged Sauber of Adrian Sutil. Typhoon Phanfone had already stopped the race once and organisers pulled the plug following Bianchi’s accident, leaving leader Lewis Hamilton as the winner by default. But there was no celebrating on the podium following the presentation ceremony as news reached the track that Bianchi was undergoing brain surgery. Ironically, all talk pre-race had been about the possibility of the Marussia driver joining Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari next season. Vettel was awarded third place at Suzuka, having started ninth on the grid, with Daniel Ricciardo fourth, but the defending world champion is still 54 points behind his Red Bull team-mate in the current standings and is well over 100 points adrift of Nico Rosberg with only four races of the season remaining. Rosberg now trails Hamilton by 10 points after finishing second at Suzuka and is now out to 9/4 (general) to win the World Drivers’ Championship – the Briton is a best 4/9 with BetVictor.
Sochi is, of course, unknown territory for everyone. The Black Sea resort, which hosted the Winter Olympics in February, has beaten Moscow and St Petersburg to stage F1’s first Russian Grand Prix. It’s a street circuit of almost 6km in length with a quarter of that utilising public roads. Most pundits believe that the momentum is now with Hamilton after a hat-trick of victories. He’s only a best 8/11 with BetVictor to make it four in a row in Sochi but this could the race in which Rosberg reminds everyone that the title race is far from won. The German took pole in Japan and Sochi looks similar in lay-out to both Albert Park in Melbourne and the Red Bull Ring in Austria, where Rosberg has already won this year. There is still very little to choose between the two Mercedes so it makes more sense to have a plunge on Rosberg to win in Sochi at Coral‘s 9/4 than back Hamilton at odds-on. Jenson Button is a general 100/1 to win the inaugural Russian Grand Prix and let’s hope the teams have better news of Bianchi when they arrive.
17th September 2014 / paul - Category:
The Singapore Grand Prix is probably the most thrilling on the F1 calendar. Ignore the fact that the Marina Bay street circuit is only quicker, in real terms, than Monaco. There is something about racing under lights than captivates the imagination. Drivers and fans alike love it – as do the TV cameras. Singapore’s modern skyline provides a breathtaking backdrop to the action and the circuit itself is one of the toughest of the year on the cars. The road surface is far from smooth and it can be tough to concentrate knowing you are barrelling along at high speed alongside concrete walls. High temperatures, humidity and an extended distance add to the heady mix and the pressure will be telling on Mercedes rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg still holds a 22-point lead over his team-mate in the Drivers’ Championship but Hamilton took advantage of the German’s mistake to win at Monza last time, gaining some measure of revenge for a controversial collision at Spa which many don’t think was entirely accidental. We’re well into the second half of the season now so every point is going to be precious but bookmakers think that momentum is now with the Briton, who is now a best 10/11 to win the Drivers’ Championship. Rosberg is Evens on betfair and with Coral and William Hill. Hamilton is also favourite for this week’s Singapore Grand Prix at 4/5 with BetVictor and Coral with Rosberg available at 21/10 with Paddy Power. But this could be a race in which it pays to look beyond the Mercedes arch-rivals. Fernando Alonso has won twice in Singapore since it was first added to the calendar in 2008 but it’s difficult to place any faith in Ferrari at present and he’s given a 40/1 quote by BetVictor this year. Red Bull have won the last three, all through Sebastian Vettel, but it’s the world champion’s up-and-coming team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who provides the value bet. Vettel is 25/1 with sportingbet to complete a four-timer this weekend, twice the odds of Ricciardo (12/1 with Betfred and Stan James). That doesn’t look right at first glance but, whereas Vettel has shrunk in the face of Mercedes’ domination this year, the Australian has relished the challenge. His last three drives have been outstanding and he’s been on the podium after seven of the last 10 races. Beating Rosberg and Hamilton may be beyond him but the slowness of the circuit will help the Red Bull and another top three finish is 6/5 at William Hill.
5th September 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The tussle for the 2014 Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship heads to Italy this weekend, and Lewis Hamilton is running a 8/11 favourite to take the win. The British driver has fallen 29 points behind Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the World Championship standings, so needs a bit of a bounce back performance.
8/11 for Hamilton Italian GP win
Hamilton has failed to land a win in any of his last three outings, taking third place finishes in Germany and Hungary, while failing to finish at the Belgian Grand Prix. With Rosberg also managing just the one win in the last four races, the slight dip in performance and reliability from the Mercedes team has started to let Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo into the title race.
The Australian, with back to back wins at Hungary and Belgium has pulled within 35 points of second placed Hamilton. He is the man on the up and should be great value for a podium finish at Monza for a price of 6/4 with Bet365. The other outsider behind the two Mercedes drivers who is going well, is Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, a 6/4 shot to get himself into the top three in Italy.
So suddenly the season is getting a little more interesting after the procession of wins through the first half of the season by Hamilton and Rosberg. The two have been threatened by their team that one will be dropped if they can’t race together cleanly. This was after Rosberg admitted deliberately hitting Hamilton at Spa, which forced the British driver out of the race.
Out of the drivers who are the front of the running for the 2014 Italian Grand Prix betting, it is only Hamilton who has tasted victory at Monza before. He won it back in 2012. Three time winner and defending champion Sebastian Vettel has big history at the track is a a 5/2 shot to muscle his way onto the podium.
24th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Lewis Hamilton will turn out at Hungary this weekend with a 14 point deficit to team mate Nico Rosberg in the F1 Drivers Championship. The two Mercedes drivers have pretty much had everything their own way this season. At Hockenheim last weekend, Germany’s Rosberg won his home race for the first time in his career, while Hamilton could only battle his way to third place on the podium. So it was a fantastic week for Rosberg, who watched Germany win the World Cup and got married as well.
So will it be Hamilton’s time in the spotlight again in Hungary? The British driver has won four times in Hungary during his career and back to back in the last two years at a track which he loves and which he excels at. Hamilton has not managed to land a Pole Position since back at Spain though, six races ago, and that could be crucial to his chances here. On all but one occasion that there has been a Mercedes 1-2 finish this season, it has been the one out of Rosberg and Hamilton who has started in front on the grid who has gone on to take the win.
So getting an advantage from Pole is crucial and Hamilton is trading as an 8/11 shot with Bet365 to land it, but it is Rosberg, with four Pole’s in the last five races, who is trending heavily in the race to the front of the grid, and is perhaps a more appealing 5/4 shot to lead the way in Hungary on the weekend.
But unlike Rosberg, Hamilton has big experience of winning in Hungary, including back to back victories there in the last two years. Rosberg failed to get on the podium last season, with Hamilton taking the chequered flag impressive in his Mercedes, and that victory was ran from Pole position as well.
Lewis Hamilton odds of 11/8 to win the Hungarian Grand Prix at Bet365 are going to be eaten up by punters. It is going to be worth looking for a Forecast as well for the two Mercedes drivers, but head over to the Without Mercedes market for some extra value in Hungary Grand Prix betting. The in-form man at the moment is Williams’ Valtteri Bottas who has been on the podium in each of the last three races, including back to back second places at the British and German Grands Prix. Bottas is 2/1 Without Mercedes market. The main challenger to him getting on the podium, excluding the Mercedes duo of course, is going to be Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who is a 3/1 shot.
Hungary Grand Prix Odds
Lewis Hamilton 8/11, Nico Rosberg 11/8, Valtteri Bottas 18/1, Felipe Massa 22/1, Daniel Ricciardo 28/1, Sebastian Vettel 33/1, bar 50/1
18th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Even though it is his teammate Nico Rosberg’s home Grand Prix, Britain’s Lewis Hamilton is running as 4/7 outright favourite with Bet365 to land the German Grand Prix on the weekend. The Mercedes drivers go head to head again in the next round with momentum swinging back to Hamilton at the start of the month as he took the win at the British Grand Prix, with Rosberg retiring after 28 laps.
That has closed things up at the head of the Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship, as Rosberg holds just a four point lead now over Hamilton. It is a bit of a banker that it will be a Mercedes winning the race (1/25) as all but one race so far this season has seen either Hamilton or Rosberg take the chequered flag. Who will dominate in Germany?
Can Lewis Hamilton ruin Rosberg’s big week?
It has been a big week for Rosberg, not only with Germany winning the World Cup, but he also got married. It would crown a pretty strong week for him if he can take the win, but Rosberg hasn’t got a great home record in Germany. He has yet to take a win at the race and his best finish was fourth place back in 2009 when he was driving with Williams.
So advantage could be with Hamilton here as he won the German Grand Prix twice before in his career, in 2009 and in 2011. Hamilton ran home in fifth place last year and with five wins in nine races ran this season, then this time around he does make some better value this week to bank on. The lack of results in Germany so far for Rosberg does raise a question mark or two, even though he is running at 2/1, which punters will be tempted to have a crack at. Rosberg is 7/4 in the Pole Position market behind Hamilton at 8/15.
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