Vettel’s Ferrari will be strong in Singapore while Ricciardo’s fine run can continue

After two hell for leather races at high-speed circuits the Formula 1 road show now pulls into Singapore for a low-speed go-cart race. Marina Bay floodlit street circuit with its unforgiving barriers is sure to provide accident and incident and may well throw up a surprise winner.

Most certainly the superiority that the Mercedes cars have enjoyed for the past two races will be severely diminished and may be removed altogether at this bumpy, twisty track with its short straights.

Sunday - 1.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Singapore Grand Prix    
Tips Sebastian Vettel to win    Best Bet @ 6 / 4  
Daniel Ricciardo to finish on the podium @ 6 / 5  
Max Verstappen not to be classified @ 10 / 3  

Put simply, the raw power the Mercedes car has in abundance does not suit the demands of this ‘corner-point-squirt-corner’ circuit which is similar in design to Monaco. Let us not forget the Mercedes drivers finished only fourth and seventh in the small principality this summer.

The team which will probably be the happiest around this tightly configured street circuit is Ferrari who have a strong race car this season which has given Sebastian Vettel ten podium finishes this year. Amongst that number is race victories at Monaco and Hungary, like Singapore these are circuits which are about ‘high downforce configuration’. But Red Bull, a team famous for its aerodynamics which gives its cars high downforce, will also be a ‘force’ to be reckoned with.

At the prices we are taking Sebastian Vettel for the race win at 6/4 (available at Bet Victor) but we also fancy Ricciardo to make the podium (6/5 with Betfair) as he has done in six of his last nine starts.

In addition to his fine recent run of form, Ricciardo has also finished on the podium here in Singapore for the past three years. In coming second in this race in 2015, the Australian gained his best result of that season.

Max Trouble

Suffice to say we fancy Ricciardo ahead of his teammate, Max Verstappen. The young Dutch driver has finished on a podium step just once this season. In mitigation he has retired from no less than six races during the current campaign, invariably due to mechanical issues (Verstappen is 10/3 to not be classified with Paddy Power).

However, the teenage driver has never overly impressed on tight street circuits. He has never finished better than fifth in Russia, Monaco or Singapore and never ‘podiumed’ at another high downforce circuit, Hungary. He has had 53 starts in Formula 1 now.

2017 Singapore Grand Prix Odds

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13/10 6/5 11/8 11/8 5/4 11/8 13/10 11/8
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4 4 10/3 10/3 4 4 4 4
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9 7 17/2 17/2 9 9 17/2 15/2
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*Odds correct as of 10th Sep, 06:50. Odds are subject to change.


Posted: Tuesday, 12th September 2017
Author: Roy Brindley

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