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F1 Podium: Three Bets for the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix

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Following Sebastian Vettel’s win to open the 2018 Formula 1 season in Australia, the oddsboard for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix got a lot more interesting for bettors. Pair that good betting value on the German with the fact that he’s been dominant at the Bahrain International Circuit down the years and you’ve got the makings of a very profitable race weekend.

Online shop Bovada lists Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton as favorite to capture the checkered flag at -125 (as of Thursday) with Vettel coming in at +300. Vettel has the joint-most career wins (three) at Bahrain and is the defending champion.

After starting third on the grid, Vettel nabbed all 25 points in last year’s Bahrain GP, winning by +6.660 over Hamilton to give him two wins in three races to start 2017 (China was second on the schedule).

What does the 2018 edition of the Bahrain Grand Prix have in store? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s take a look at all of the wagers available and find something to spice up your Formula 1 betting weekend.

Keep in mind that this article was posted ahead of practice and qualifying so odds could look a lot different later this week.

P1: Lewis Hamilton to Win Pole (-150)

Hamilton took the pole in the first race of the season and the Silver Arrows have taken plenty of pole positions in Bahrain recently.

All five of the previous races in Bahrain have featured a Mercedes starting at the front of the grid with Hamilton winning pole in 2015 and 2016 and ex-teammate Nico Rosberg taking pole position in 2013 and 2014 before Valtteri Bottas took the pole last year.

The Mercedes car drives well here (shocking), so start the weekend on the right foot and back Hamilton to win the pole.

P2: Valtteri Bottas To Finish Top 3 (-150)

And while we’re at it, take Hamilton’s teammate to place in the top three at the same price.

Bottas was rapid in Bahrain one year ago after winning the pole on Saturday and grabbing P3 on race day. The Finn was, however, disappointing in Australia to start the season after receiving a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change and finishing eighth.

I fully expect Mercedes to rebound this week considering some solid performances in Bahrain in the past. That, coupled with a less-than-stellar start to the season from Bottas, should provide some wins at the betting window.

P3: Both McLaren Cars to Finish Top 10 (+200)

After a disappointing 2017, McLaren might actually be in store for a very good 2018 with its new Renault engine. Both Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne finished top 10 (P5 and P9 respectively) after missing out on the third round of Saturday’s qualifying. No small feat.

Alonso has had very good success in Bahrain throughout his career, but has yet to finish inside the top 10 with McLaren in this Grand Prix. Vandoorne finished P10 in his first race with McLaren in 2016.

This is shaping up to be an exponentially better season for McLaren after ditching Honda. The team finished with just 30 points on the season but after a strong showing in Australia, the team is already on 12.

As usual, it’s important to note that all of these wagers could look very different come Sunday morning, but ahead of Friday’s practice, these are the bets I certainly have my eyes on for the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix.

2018 Bahrain Grand Prix Odds
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)-125
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)+300
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)+550
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)+1100
Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)+1400
Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)+1600
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)+15000
Romain Grosjean (Haas)+15000
Fernando Alonso (McLaren)+20000
Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)+25000
Carlos Sainz Jr. (Renault)+25000
Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)+30000
Esteban Ocon (Force India)+50000
Sergio Perez (Force India)+50000
Lance Stroll (Williams)+150000
Sergey Sirotkin (Williams)+200000
Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso Honda)+400000
Marcus Ericsson (Alfa Romeo Sauber)+400000
Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso Honda)+400000
Charles Leclerc (Alfa Romeo Sauber)+100000

Odds as of April 5 at Bovada