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F1 Podium: Three Bets for the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP waves to the crowd at the autograph signing session during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit on October 4, 2018 in Suzuka.

The Formula 1 caravan rolls into Suzaka for the 17th race of the season this weekend and, once again, Lewis Hamilton is the betting favorite and opens at -138. Hamilton has won five of the last six races this season and has also won three of the last four races in Japan. Until Hamilton doesn’t win, he’s the favorite every time out.

Here are my three bets for Saturday night/Sunday morning in Japan:

P1: Hamilton To Win Outright (-138)

I hate making bets with more juice than -130, but I really like Hamilton to continue his winning ways both on this circuit and overall. With Valtteri Bottas moving aside to allow the win last week, we know that even if Hamilton is riding in second, Mercedes is going to give the win to the Golden Brit.

P2: Hamilton & Vettel Combination Podium Finish (-120)

The top two drivers in Formula 1 have a combined eight wins in Japan over the last 11 races at Suzuka, so picking them both to finish on the podium this weekend isn’t much of a stretch. With the separation of teams and drivers at this point in the season, to get this bet at -120 is fair.

It also acts as a bit of insurance if Hamilton doesn’t win the race outright. If Hamilton isn’t the winner, there’s a really good chance that Vettel is the next-best option and if Hamilton isn’t the winner, he’s sure as heck gonna be close.

P3: Charles Leclerc Top-6 Finish (+300)

Charles Leclerc is joining the big boys at Ferrari next season and is tabbed as potentially the next great Formula 1 driver. Leclerc finished seventh in Russia, narrowly missing the top six, so let’s take a chance on the 20-year-old with +300 odds in Japan this weekend. Leclerc has been appearing closer to the top of the field as the season progresses and he’s as good a bet as any to help with some plus-money this week.

Check out the full list of odds to win the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix below:

2018 Japanese Grand Prix Odds
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)-138
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)+250
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)+900
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)+900
Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)+1400
Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)+1600
Esteban Ocon (Force India)+100000
Sergio Perez (Force India)+100000
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)+100000
Romain Grosjean (Haas)+100000
Charles Leclerc (Sauber)+150000
Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)+150000
Carlos Sainz (Renault)+200000
Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)+200000
Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)+200000
Fernando Alonso (McLaren)+200000
Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)+300000
Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso)+200000
Sergey Sirotkin (Williams)+400000
Lance Stroll (Williams)+400000

Odds as of October 4 at Bet365