Chinese Grand Prix Predictions

By Stephen Williams @SWilliams1702

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It's the second round of the Formula One World Championship this weekend so I will be making some predictions in an attempt to become rich.  All odds are from Skybet. Other bookmakers are available.

Chinese GP Bets

Hamilton pole position - 8/11

Hamilton has a great record around China particularly in qualifying and with the Mercedes and Hamilton taking the first pole of the season in Round 1, I expect him to do the same in Shanghai.

Kimi Raikkonen to win the race and get fastest lap - 33/1

Bold.  Kimi was nowhere in Australia due to a poor car set up.  If he nails the set up in China, it could be favourable to the Finn as he is quick on medium/high speed circuits and is good at managing his tyres in the race.  The Ferrari also appears to have a better race pace than the Mercedes.

Antonio Giovinazzi first driver to retire - 14/1

After a great debut weekend in Australia I've just got a bad feeling for this weekend as Giovinazzi replaces the injured Wehrlein.  Watching Giovinazzi in GP2 it was noticeable how aggressive he was on the opening laps as he often went side by side into corners, which sometimes resulted in him receiving damage.  The first sector is tight and challenging which could result in more contact, potentially leading to an early retirement.

Maplin

Force India double points finish - 9/2

Double points in Australia. This just looks too good a value to miss.

Race winning margin under 10 seconds - 5/4

Two evenly matched teams fighting for the win, can't imagine there being more than 10 seconds covering the top 4.

Feel free to comment with your own predictions for the race and the season.

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Chinese GP Predictions

Qualifying:

  1. Lewis Hamilton
  2. Valtteri Bottas
  3. Kimi Raikkonen

Race: 

  1. Kimi Raikkonen
  2. Lewis Hamilton
  3. Sebastian Vettel

Safety car: No

Australian GP Bets Recap

The only win from the last race to come off was for both Toro Rosso's to finish in the points at 4/1.  In qualifying, I fell one driver short of predicting which drivers would beat their team mates when Ricciardo crashed out.  Surely I can get more than one win this weekend.