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F1 Podium: Three Bets for the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix

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In last weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, we cashed in on Valtteri Bottas to finish top three at -150 and both McLarens to finish top 10 at +200. It was a profitable week so let’s keep that going with a look at the betting oddsboard for this week’s Chinese Grand Prix.

It’s been a sensational start for Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel as the German captured the checkered flag in each of the two races to start the season. Vettel has been good in China with a P3 and two P2s under his belt here since joining Scuderia Ferrari ahead of the 2015 season. But this is a track that has been owned by Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes recently.

Hamilton is a big fave at online shop Bovada ahead of Saturday’s qualifying but what does the 2018 edition of the race have in store? Let’s take a look at the available race offerings and find something to spice up your race weekend.

Keep in mind that this article was posted ahead of Saturday’s qualifiers and could look better or worse ahead of race day.

P1: Lewis Hamilton to Win (-165)

Lewis Hamilton WAS at EVEN money to win this race earlier in the week but it has since moved all the way to -165. Hamilton to win the Chinese Grand Prix is DEFINITELY worth wagering on. This isn’t the most thrilling wager with all this chalk on it, but he has been THE MAN in China.

Hamilton has been a force at the Shanghai International Circuit with the most wins (five) of any driver and is the defending champ. The Brit won by 6.25 seconds over Vettel in last year’s Chinese Grand Prix. Furthermore, Mercedes has won four straight races in China with Hamilton also winning in 2014 and 2015 and ex-teammate Nico Rosberg triumphing here in 2016.

While finishing second and third in Australia and Bahrain respectively, Hamilton will be keen for a 25-point haul and to keep his domination going in China.

Vettel owns a 17-point lead in the drivers standings but his Scuderia Ferrari team has just a 10-point lead in the constructors standings entering this one so expect Hamilton and the Silver Arrows to take a big bite out of those leads this weekend.

P2: Max Verstappen to Finish Top 3 (+175)

For the second time in as many years, the young Dutchman had to retire from the Bahrain Grand Prix after suffering transmission failure following just three completed laps. The Shanghai International Circuit should be a great track for Verstappen to put in a strong performance.

The rapid Verstappen finished P3 here one year ago and has fairly decent value at +175 (after opening +150) to do so again this time around. The long straight between turns 13 and 14 will allow Max to push his Red Bull RB 14 to the limit before the tricky hairpin.

It’s a risky venture considering how the Ferraris and Mercedes have been running, but Max should compete here and +175 is worth a punt in my book.

Plus, if he and Hamilton get into it on a turn again this week, that’s just good for all of us as fans.

P3: Sebastian Vettel Fastest Lap (+275)

Daniel Ricciardo won the fastest lap in Australia and Bottas took the fastest lap in Bahrain but with Vettel at the front in both of those races, he didn’t have to turn in rapid laps like these two drivers did. With my expectation of Hamilton winning this race, I feel like Vettel will be gunning for a podium finish and will have some room to churn out a rapid time.

Vettel had five fastest-lap awards last season (Azerbaijan, Belgium, Malaysia, U.S., Mexico) but he hasn’t won a fastest lap in China since his Red Bull days (2013). Still, I believe the SF71H has the pace to clock an absolutely rapid time (as proven by the FP2 times) but see how the car runs in qualification before taking a stab here.

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

2018 Chinese Grand Prix Odds
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)-165
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)+275
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)+900
Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)+1100
Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)+1400
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)+1400
Fernando Alonso (McLaren)+30000
Romain Grosjean (Haas)+40000
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)+40000
Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)+50000
Carlos Sainz Jr. (Renault)+50000
Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)+75000
Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso Honda)+75000
Sergio Perez (Force India)+100000
Esteban Ocon (Force India)+100000
Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso Honda)+100000
Lance Stroll (Williams)+300000
Marcus Ericsson (Alfa Romeo Sauber)+300000
Sergey Sirotkin (Williams)+300000
Charles Leclerc (Alfa Romeo Sauber)+300000

Odds as of April 13 at Bovada