Lewis Hamilton put himself in pole position for the F1 World Championship in Italy, taking maximum points last time out. With a three point lead at the top, the Mercedes driver has a slender advantage heading to Singapore. This is far from his, or his team’s, favoured circuit, so could we see another twist this weekend?

Vettel on course to return to the top

While Lewis Hamilton has now won three of his last four Grand Prix, he’s drifted out to betting odds of 7/4 with Bet365 this weekend. The Mercedes driver hasn’t got the greatest record in Singapore, having won once in the last six years. That’s largely down to Sebastian Vettel’s performances around this track.

The German has won in four of his last six appearances at this circuit. That run came when Ferrari were struggling to match Mercedes in terms of power, and now they’ve got a car which has them competing for the Drivers’ Championship. While Vettel is 9/4 with Ladbrokes to win the championship in our odds comparison, we think he’s overpriced due to British support for Hamilton. With only three points between them this is tight, and Vettel could swing things his way this weekend.

We are really confident in Vettel taking maximum points in this race, and that can be backed at odds of 6/4 with BetVictor. At that price, you’d hardly believe that the German had been tearing it up at this circuit in recent years. He really needs the win, and we see him getting points on the board. If you like the look of that betting tip, you might want to consider backing Ferrari for the Constructors Championship at 16/1 with Coral. While there’s a big gap, that will shorten if Mercedes have another tough weekend in Singapore.

Ahead of this weekend’s race, you should take a look at our odds comparison. It compares all of the available odds for this weekend’s Grand Prix and the overall markets, so you can find out where the best prices lie. Even if you’re going against our betting tips with your own prediction, it’s worth checking to make sure you’re getting the biggest possible returns.

Could Red Bull soar into contention?

With Mercedes set to have a tough weekend, Ferrari will be rubbing their hands together. However, Red Bull will be aiming to take advantage too. Having chased down Mercedes last season, they have fallen behind the title race. Having said that, Daniel Ricciardo’s recent displays suggest he could mount a challenge this weekend.

After his recent trips to Singapore, Ricciardo should mount a push for a podium finish. He’s had back to back runner-up finishes at this circuit, and made the podium three years running. Ricciardo should build on that, especially after a few strong results of late, making the top three in six of his last nine outings in Formula 1. Despite having that form behind him, you can still back the Australian for a top three finish at 6/5 with Betfair. We like the look of those odds, while it’s probably worth trying to add to that with an each-way bet. BetVictor have him at 7/1 for the win with each-way places for the top two, and on recent form that bet could well pay out.

If you’re on the lookout for more value picks like this one, don’t forget to take a look at our odds comparison. With all the latest betting odds listed ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, you can find bigger prices and different markets worth betting on for this weekend’s crucial race.

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