Vettel To Produce The Fastest Lap Is A Top Tip For The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The final round of the 2017 F1 season comes from Abu Dhabi this weekend. Will it be another cake-walk for the Mercedes team? The indicators are good, in 2014 their cars qualified 1-2 and Lewis Hamilton won the race. 2015 was another 1-2 for them with Rosberg starting at the front of the grid ahead of Hamilton and that is how the race ended. Last year Hamilton got his revenge leading home another 1-2 for his team.

So it is hard to get away from a Mercedes victory on Sunday but you cannot deny their supremacy is being tested by Ferrari and Red Bull like no time since the introduction of 1.6L hybrid engines at the start of 2014.

Let’s go with the theory that Hamilton will start on pole and justify his current odds-on favouritism. That leaves us looking at alternative markets such as ‘fastest lap’ and that is one where the stats say you should avoid the Englishman. Just consider no pole-setter has ever set the fastest lap at the Yas Marina circuit.

Sunday - 1.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix    
Tips Fastest Lap: Sebastian Vettel    Best Bet @ 5 / 2  
Fastest Lap: Fernando Alonso @ 40 / 1  
Points Finish: Fernando Alonso @ 8 / 11  
Not To Finish: Max Verstappen @ 4 / 1  
Total Finishers: 16.5+ @ 7 / 4  

Seb to make it Six?

With this being a ‘high downforce’ circuit featuring a number of very low-speed corners most would look to a Red Bull driver earning the accolade. But Verstappen and Ricciardo have ‘won’ just a single ‘fastest lap’ apiece during 2017. So Vettel (5/2 with Bet 365), with five ‘fastest laps’ during the current campaign and Fernand Alonso (40/1), who went fastest in Hungary, get the nod from us.

Alonso on Points

Fernando Alonso has finished within ‘the points’ (a top-10 finish) in the last two races and can take that sequence to three around the circuit where the inference is not on flat-out speed. The Spaniard has made the ‘points’ just four times this year but, considering he has seen the chequered-flag only seven times, it is actually an admirable record.

Max trouble?

As for a few fun bets, give some consideration to the 4/1 (available at Bet Victor) about Max Verstappen failing to finish the race. It is a big price about a driver who has failed to finish seven times this year.

Plenty of finishers

This race has been staged eight times in total and there has never been less than 17 finishers. Admittedly some years saw 24 cars set out and others 22. But 20 cars have sat on the starting grid three times, resulting in 17, 18 and 19 finishers. Therefore Bet365’s 7/4 about 16.5+ finishers has to be of interest too.

2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Odds

Posted: Wednesday, 22nd November 2017
Author: Roy Brindley

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