For fans of Formula 1 the winter months are a real drag but with testing well and truly underway ahead of the 2016 season and the first race scheduled to take place in Melbourne on the 20th March, the long wait will soon be over. The 2015 season may not have been a vintage year in some respects, with the Mercedes dominance proving a little galling for some, but try telling that to Lewis Hamilton. The Brit romped to a second consecutive World Championship and will be looking to make it three in a row. Read on as we take a look at the 2016 F1 season and offer up our early ante post betting tips, predictions and analysis, as well as bringing you live betting odds comparison for the outright winner market.
That outright betting is headed by Hamilton, predictably enough, and even at odds as short as just 8/13 with Coral there are sure to be plenty backing the Mercedes supremo for glory in this year’s Drivers Championship. Hamilton won an impressive 10 races last season and was only off the podium twice, one of those being a retirement. He sealed the title with three races to spare and his 59 point winning margin could easily have been even bigger had his teammate Nico Rosberg not won the final three races of the campaign when, arguably, Hamilton had (literally and metaphorically) taken his foot off the gas.
Rosberg is the principle challenger this year and is the second favourite in the outright winner market, priced at best betting odds of 3/1 with Unibet. The young German won a total of six races in the 2015 Formula 1 season and added a further nine podiums to that, illustrating the near total dominance Mercedes enjoyed last season. This season the teammates will once more be allowed to race and it will be interesting to see how the team handle the rivalry between the two. Once unquestionably friends, Rosberg and Hamilton now have something of an unusual relationship, where rivalry has displaced affection, though not yet respect.
The third favourite is another German, Sebastian Vettel. He was the only non-Mercedes driver to taste race victory last season, triumphing in Malaysia, Singapore and Hungary. The four-time Drivers Championship winner will be desperate for just a little more from his car to enable him to compete more effectively with Rosberg and Hamilton and the bookies are clearly respecting him, pricing him at odds of 4/1 (Bet365) to claim a first F1 title since 2013. Vettel undoubtedly has all the personal tools to really give things a go but until we know a little more about how his team and car will perform, those odds look a shade on the short side.
As with most Formula One betting tipsters, we find it hard to see the outright Drivers Championship winner coming from outside the top three in the betting. If you want to look at longer odds options then good luck, but Fernando Alonso is next at a massive 25/1 (Ladbrokes) and we really don’t see it happening for the Spaniard.
Overall we quite simply cannot go against the odds makers here and though it won’t offer the biggest return, odds of 8/13 look worth taking on Hamilton to defend his title. The only caveat would be that such short odds could be deemed risky with two rounds of testing still to come and the outside risk of injury but overall we predict yet more F1 champagne for Hamilton in 2016.
The 2015 Formula One season gets underway on the 15th March with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne and testing is already well underway. Read on as we look at the Drivers Championship and assess whether or not Lewis Hamilton can retain his world title, offer up our predictions for the season ahead and bring you the best available betting odds for all the drivers via our live odds comparison.
Last season F1 was dominated by the Mercedes duo of Hamilton and his German colleague Nico Rosberg. The Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel era was well and truly brought to an end as the supremacy of one team was swapped for that of another.
That said, at least we had major excitement in Formula One last year, with the in-house fighting between the Mercedes teammates a major talking point of what was, in fact, a great year. The duel between those two former-friends threatened to spill over on more than one occasion but for viewers and the betting masses it made 2014 a season to remember.
We predict more of the same this season in truth as the F1 betting is again headed by the same two drivers. Those wanting to bet on Hamilton to claim his third world title can get odds of just 8/11 with BetVictor, whilst Rosberg isn’t too much further back in the odds at 11/4. That may look a considerable gap in the betting but when one considers that third favourite Vettel is out at 16/1 it’s clear that this Drivers Championship is Mercedes’ for the taking, at least as far as the bookies are concerned.
It is hard to disagree with those odds though, such was the dominance of the team last season. There have been one or two rule changes but nothing big enough that the Mercedes advantage looks in danger of being significantly reduced. There have been one or two very small blips in testing but overall Hamilton has to be the man to beat this term.
Last year he was hit by bad luck and let his emotions get the better of him at times but this year, given average or better fortune, we predict a more mature Hamilton will romp to another world title and betting odds of 8/11 actually look like good value.
If that’s too short for your tastes then Rosberg, who should, of course, also be a much better driver for his experiences last season, could cash in should Hamilton suffer an injury but if you want to go for an outsider than we would suggest go the whole hog and opt for our second betting tip, Daniel Ricciardo at 20/1. Betting on the Australian each way may offer some value if the Red Bulls continue to improve and Rosberg struggles with the greater expectation this year, but overall it just has to be Hamilton.Google+