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F1 Drivers Championship 2018 Betting
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Constructors Title Betting 2018
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Hamilton Favourite Again in Bookies F1 Odds
Lewis Hamilton has won three of the last four Formula One Drivers’ Championships and remains the bookies’ favourite in the F1 odds to emerge triumphant again during the 2018 season, writes Nick.
Hamilton’s Mercedes team have, indeed, taken a clean sweep of the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships in each of the four seasons since the switch to hybrid V6 power for the 2014 season, but their dominance wasn’t as absolute during 2017.
From 2014 to 2016, Mercedes won 51 out of 59 races and never averaged less than 36 points-per-race over the course of a season. In 2017, they won 12 of the 20 races and accumulated an average of 33.4 points-per-race. They were still the sport’s primary force, but there were signs that as the current power era matures, other teams are at least closing the gap.
The 2017 season saw a number of changes to the technical regulations, but while 2018 is far more consistent in most areas the teams have control over, there is one significant and very visible change in form of the introduction of the halo driver protection system. The wishbone-shaped frame attaches in front of the cockpit and is designed to stop large debris, such as a loose tyre, from making contact with a drivers’ head.
Questions remain as to whether or not the halo represents the best or most elegant solution to the problem but what is clear is that its introduction will have little effect on the running order. Otherwise, the 2018 cars are largely likely to be iterations of the 2017 models. Teams will seek marginal gains wherever they can be found to push performance forward.
Ferrari came closest to Mercedes last season but a series of small mistakes throughout the second half of the year meant that they were unable to hold onto the championship lead that Sebastian Vettel enjoyed up until the 13th of the 20 races. The team have not won a Drivers’ or Constructors’ Championship since 2008 and will need to regain some impetus in the off-season if they are to launch a longer-lasting challenge in 2018.
Red Bull came into the season with high hopes given that the new regulations seemed to favour teams with good aerodynamic performance, which has traditionally been a strength. But they began the year with a relatively uncompetitive car and were often hamstrung by the unreliability of their Renault power units thereafter.
In the circumstances, two wins for Max Verstappen and one victory and a series of podium finishes for Daniel Ricciardo represented a solid return and one that the team believe can be built on in 2018. Power and reliability gains from Renault would likely be enough to see them emerge as Mercedes’ closest challengers.
McLaren will be hoping for strong performance from those same engines after ending their disappointing three-year partnership with Honda to take up Renault power for 2018. The team have consistently trumpeted the competitiveness of their chassis, so the new season will provide an opportunity to see just how much their power units were holding them back. With Fernando Alonso at the wheel, podiums are certainly a possibility.
Force India are probably the most efficient team in Formula One in terms of the performance and results they are able to derive from their budget. There were at least six teams who spent more than them in 2017 yet they still managed to finish fourth in the Constructors’ Championship for a second consecutive year. A repeat will be tricky, but drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon are quick and consistent enough to make it feasible.
Williams have steadily gone backwards after a strong season in 2014. Their points-per-race accumulation fell to a four-year low last year and despite some interesting hires behind the scenes, it is difficult to see them taking much of a step forward in 2018. Even if the car is quicker, their driver line-up is unlikely to be good enough in face of increasing competition.
Renault, certainly, will have their eyes set on leapfrogging Williams this year. Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz represent a strong pair of drivers and expected improvements in both the chassis and engine departments should see them inch closer towards the front-running teams.
That is likely to leave Haas, Sauber and Toro Rosso fighting it out over eighth in the championship. Toro Rosso finished highest of the three in 2017 but are likely to be handicapped by their switch to Honda power. Haas have been steady performers since joining the sport in 2016. Sauber have reorganised behind the scenes, have title sponsorship from Alfa Romeo and will give a debut to exciting F2 champion Charles Leclerc.
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