Mercedes responded to Ferrari’s great display in Australia with a win in China thanks to a fantastic drive by Lewis Hamilton. The Brit was masterful on an inconsistent track en route to the checkered flag and a 25-point haul to even things up with Sebastian Vettel at the top of the drivers’ standings.
It’s a quick turnaround, however, as the drivers and teams have just one week to prep for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Odds have hit the board for the third race of the Formula 1 season so let’s take a close look at what’s out there to spice up your Bahrain Grand Prix weekend. Make it Bah-rain as it were.
I’ll show myself out.
Here’s a look at three wagers to consider this weekend starting with longer odds at online book Bovada.
P1: Kimi Räikkönen Fastest Lap (+600)
This year’s Ferrari can move and we already know The Ice Man isn’t short of speed so at +600, I’ll gladly take a shot with this bet.
Kimi already has a fastest lap under his belt this season (Australia) and is no slouch in the Middle East. The Finn posted the fastest lap here in 2015 (1:36.311) and is really comfortable in general in Bahrain. He has posted second-place finishes in back-to-back seasons and four of the last five years.
Scuderia Ferrari is just one point back of Mercedes entering the weekend (66-65) and the gulf between the two has certainly tightened compared to years past. Expect Ferrari to compete this weekend and compete with speed.
P2: Kevin Magnussen to finish in the Top 10 (+110)
The way Magnussen – and, frankly, both Haas cars for that matter – performed in China was actually quite notable. The Dane, especially, was being really assertive on the track and was very impressive in his drive to eighth place in Shanghai and four points.
Considering the driver he replaced, Esteban Gutierrez, finished with zero points last season, he’s already a huge upgrade for the team and has immediately rewarded them for selecting him.
The Dane finished 11th at the Bahrain International Circuit last season with Renault so I like him to crack that top 10 and finish in the points again this weekend.
P3: Lewis Hamilton to win (-110)
We’ve got to get a little chalky down here and considering Hamilton’s price is just -110, it’s well worth a wager.
The Silver Arrows have won three-straight races in Bahrain with Hamilton winning in 2014 and 2015 and Nico Rosberg victorious here one year ago.
Hamilton answered Ferrari’s challenge with a convincing drive in Shanghai and he’ll be eager to keep that momentum moving forward with a strong showing on a short week. He was third here last season but there is no debate that he is Mercedes’ number one priority this season as Valtteri Bottas has been somewhat disappointing.
If Toto Wolff’s team is going to fend off the Italian team, then it’s going to be via Hamilton getting max points until Bottas is ready to compete at the top.
|Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)||-110|
|Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)||+175|
|Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)||+700|
|Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)||+1000|
|Max Verstappen (Red Bull)||+3300|
|Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)||+4000|
|Carlos Sainz Jr (Toro Rosso)||+50000|
|Felipe Massa (Williams)||+50000|
|Kevin Magnussen (Haas)||+75000|
|Romain Grosjean (Haas)||+75000|
|Fernando Alonso (McLaren)||+100000|
|Jolyon Palmer (Renault)||+100000|
|Lance Stroll (Williams)||+100000|
|Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)||+100000|
|Sergio Perez (Force India)||+100000|
|Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)||+150000|
|Esteban Ocon (Force India)||+150000|
|Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)||+150000|
|Antonio Giovinazzi (Sauber)||+200000|
|Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)||+300000|
Odds as of April 12 at Bovada