Following a 1-2 finish by Mercedes at the Australian Grand Prix in the Sportsbook race of the 2016 season, Formula 1 now moves on to the second race of the calendar, which takes place in Bahrain on April 3.
Nico Rosberg took home the checkered flag at Albert Park to give the Mercedes team the start to the season it had hoped. Rosberg enters the second race of the season with the lead in the drivers’ standings, but it is his teammate Lewis Hamilton, who has won back-to-back races in Bahrain, that is the -150 favorite at online shop Sportsbook to make it three-straight.
Rosberg comes in second on the odds board at +200. He finished third behind Hamilton and Ferrari’s Kim Räikkönen in last year’s race and has never won a race in nine starts in Bahrain.
Third on the board is Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who comes in at +450. The German has won two races in Bahrain in 2012 and 2013 – then as a member of Red Bull. He finished third in Australia, crossing the finish line +9.643 behind Rosberg.
The surprise finish in Australian was probably the sixth-placed showing from Haas’ Romain Grosjean. The Frenchman, who can be had at +20000 for the Bahrain Grand Prix, qualified way down the grid at 19th and his result scored points on Haas’ debut – the first “from scratch” team to record points on a debut since Toyota did so in 2002.
Here is a look at the odds for each driver ahead of weekend practice and qualifying.