- Why I’m buying low on Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton & George Russell.
- An angle to use defending world champion Max Verstappen.
- Read on for full analysis and best bets.
Following a week off from racing, Formula 1 returns this weekend for the Singapore Grand Prix.
This provides teams another opportunity to end Red Bull Racing’s dominant run. Team principal Christian Hoerner’s drivers have won every race this calendar year, including 10 straight by Max Verstappen.
Although teams face a tall task dethroning the defending world champion, ample betting opportunities exist.
With that said, let’s get to the picks. Formula 1 odds are reflective at time of writing and subject to movement.
Formula 1 Betting Predictions – Singapore Grand Prix Picks
George Russell (-120) over Charles Leclerc
Whereas the low downforce tracks suit the Ferrari, the high downforce tracks favor Mercedes.
That should give Russell, who finished only a spot behind Leclerc at Monza, a noted edge this weekend.
Across the last four grand prix’s at high downforce circuits – Monaco, Spain, Great Britain and Hungary – Russell placed his Mercedes no worse than sixth, including three top-five finishes.
On the flip side, Leclerc’s Ferrari crossed the line fifth or better only once in those four races.
Plus, Russell earned a head-to-head matchup victory in three of those four races.
Even though Leclerc outpaced Russell at this race last year, it came after a wet-weather qualifying session.
With normal tires, expect Russell to cross the line first come Sunday.
Max Verstappen & Lewis Hamilton Both Finish Top-3 (+200)
This market is effectively a bet on Hamilton, as Verstappen has yet to post a finish worse than second this season.
In similar fashion to Russell, Hamilton offers high upside this week based on his performance at high downforce circuits.
Three of his four podium finishes this season have come at qualifying circuits – Australia, Spain and Great Britain. His fourth came in Canada, which is technically a mix of high- and low-downforce but is closer to the former.
Plus, in the six total grand prix’s at high downforce tracks this season – Australia, Miami, Monaco, Spain, Great Britain and Hungary – Hamilton’s average finish is P3.5.
In those grand prix’s, Hamilton placed his Mercedes P4 or better in all but one.
Given those metrics, I’m willing to take a small piece of +200 in the hopes Hamilton excels in Singapore.
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