A top six finish for Max Verstappen and a podium for Kimi Raikkonen – it all brought a nice little profit from the Bahrain Grand Prix and pushes us into profit for the 2016 season as well…
And so the Formula One circus now moves on to China and a track I really enjoy watching unfold – with plenty of places to overtake, exciting corners and a famous pit lane entry (sorry Lewis Hamilton).
Here are some ideas to help you along the way if you fancy adding a bet or two to your own race weekend. Remember to bet responsibly and enjoy the grand prix.
ONE – With four career wins in China, I was going to go for another Lewis Hamilton victory this weekend. But following the news of his five-place grid penalty for a new gearbox, I need to look elsewhere. Probably the sensible route would be predicting a Nico Rosberg victory, but I don’t think his odds are big enough and I do feel his run of victories will finish soon. This leaves us with Sebastian Vettel – and his odds look pretty big at the moment.
Sebastian Vettel to win: 13/2 (Paddy Power)
TWO – With the long straight at Shanghai, it is very important to have a strong power unit and that is one thing the Williams car has. They’ve had a couple of disappointing races in Australia and Bahrain, but I think the Chinese track will suit the Grove constructor and I fancy Valtteri Bottas to achieve a good result.
Valtteri Bottas to finish in the top six: 15/8 (Skybet)
THREE – Force India had a poor race in Bahrain and will be looking to respond with a good points finish in China. Like the Williams, Force India have the strong Mercedes power unit to help them along the famous straight. Also from the information leaked by the teams, it appears this weekend will be tough on the tyres – and when tyres need to be managed, Sergio Perez is the man. Therefore I feel the Mexican has a strong chance of a points finish this weekend.
Sergio Perez to finish in the points: 6/4 (Ladbrokes)
Good luck to us all!