This year’s Formula One world championship may not be the one-sided procession many expected and Sebastian Vettel’s win in Malaysia means there is everything to play for here in China. Read on as we take a look at the best betting odds for the race and give our predictions and outright winner betting tips.

The Mercedes team was utterly dominant in Australia and many feared that this season would be a boring and one-sided affair. However, amidst tactical errors from Mercedes, driver mistakes and in-house tensions, Vettel and his Ferrari swept to victory last time out in Kuala Lumpur and it seems we may just have a battle on our hands.

That said, Lewis Hamilton remains the overwhelming favourite to retain his Formula One world title, with the best odds on the Brit once again being crowned Drivers Champion being just 1/2 with Bwin. The fact that Nico Rosberg, Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, is ahead of Vettel in the betting tells you all you need to know about the thoughts of the folk who set the odds, and a look at the outright winner market for the Chinese Grand Prix only backs that up.

Hamilton is priced at odds of 8/11, with Rosberg available at 3/1 and Vettel further back at betting odds of 5/1. Whilst the former Red Bull man drove impressively in Malaysia, and his car performed superbly in the heat, most experts are predicting the resumption of normal service here and we simply have to agree.

Odds of 8/11 in the outright market are undoubtedly short but we feel they represent very solid value and our betting tip for the China Grand Prix is simple: back Hamilton to make it four wins in Shanghai and extend his lead at the top of the current Drivers Championship standings.

Hamilton clearly likes it here in China and given Vettel has won just once at the track, back in 2009, we just have to bet on the Brit. Rosberg could easily steal in if Hamilton suffers any technical issues and having won here in 2012 there could well be value in backing the German each way in the outright market but overall we can’t really see past Hamilton.

Daniel Ricciardo was second last year and if you are looking for a real outsider then he’s on offer at best betting odds of 200/1 – yes, 200/1! – but in truth only a mad man would predict such an outcome. A more realistic challenger should the obvious names slip up in China is Valtteri Bottas, who returns to the action here after injury. The Finn was seventh last year and whilst the Williams hasn’t yet impressed, odds of 40/1 in the outright market may just be worth a small each way punt for those looking beyond the obvious bets.

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