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Malaysian Grand Prix Odds – Outright Winner Betting
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F1 Malaysian Grand Prix Preview, Betting Odds Guide & Tips
The Formula One Drivers’ Championship has taken a turn in Lewis Hamilton’s favour, and he will be keen to press home his advantage at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, writes Nick (Race: Sunday, 10:00 BST, live on Channel 4 & Sky Sports F1).
Hamilton grabbed the championship lead from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel with victory in the Italian Grand Prix in early September and then extended his advantage to 28 points by surprisingly emerging triumphant in Singapore two weeks ago.
Mercedes were slower than Ferrari and Red Bull through Friday and Saturday. On Sunday Hamilton profited from a first-lap crash that eliminated Vettel, his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to take a lead that he never relinquished thereafter.
Mercedes were not expecting to be strong in Singapore and so to top the podium there was a welcome surprise. It was Hamilton’s third consecutive victory and his fourth in the last five races. With the majority of the remaining six circuits likely to favour the Mercedes package, he looks solidly positioned to go on from here to claim his fourth drivers’ championship.
Victory in Malaysia would certainly solidify that feeling. Hamilton has qualified on pole position at the Sepang International Circuit in each of the last three years but was only able to convert that into victory once, in 2014. He retired from the lead of last year’s race with an engine failure but barring similar misfortune is the worthy favourite in the Malaysian Grand Prix odds for Sunday.
The remaining podium places in Singapore were occupied by the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo and the Mercedes of Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas. In a strange race that saw numerous retirements, the final seven points-paying positions were filled by drivers from six different teams.
Carlos Sainz came home fourth for Toro Rosso, ahead of the Force India of Sergio Perez, Jolyon Palmer’s Renault, the McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne, Lance Stroll’s Williams, Romain Grosjean in the Haas and the second Force India of Esteban Ocon.
The attrition rate is likely to be similar in Malaysia. The heat and humidity will be marginally worse, while its sweeping corners will put more load on cars and drivers than the slower layout in Singapore. The conditions appear ripe for someone from outside of the quickest three teams to get into the top six.
Hamilton has qualified on pole for the last three years but was only able to convert that into victory once
Palmer secured his first points finish of the season with his sixth for Renault in Singapore but things could have been even better for the team. Nico Hulkenberg had been running a strong fourth before an oil leak forced him to retire.
Renault expect to have the fourth-quickest car in Sepang, as they believe the characteristics of the circuit will be very well suited to their chassis. Hulkenberg will therefore be confident of securing a good points haul. The German driver has finished in the points in five of his six appearances at the Malaysian Grand Prix, including an excellent fifth-place finish for Force India in 2014.
Hulkenberg has finished in the top six on three occasions already this season and has a solid chance of providing Renault with a boost in the race for fifth in the Constructors’ Championship by securing another such finish on Sunday.
Sainz will race alongside Hulkenberg at Renault next season but will have a new teammate of his own this weekend. Toro Rosso have elected to stand down Daniil Kyvat for a couple of races to give reigning GP2 champion and Japanese Super Formula front-runner Pierre Gasly an opportunity to show what he can do.
Toro Rosso were unable to secure any points in Malaysia last year but had at least one top-10 finisher there in each of the previous four seasons. Sainz himself drove a good race to come home eighth from 15th on the grid in 2015 as part of a double points finish.
On the back of the best result of his Grand Prix career to date in Singapore last time out and with a desire to perform strongly against a new teammate, Sainz can be expected to bring his car home in the points on Sunday.
Our Preview’s F1 Malaysian Grand Prix Betting Tips
With an eye on the value in the F1 Malaysian Grand Prix odds with the main bookies, here are this preview’s betting tips:
- Back Lewis Hamilton to win the race @ best odds of evens with Stan James or BetVictor.
- Bet on Nico Hulkenberg to finish in the top six @ 21/10 with Betfair.
- Back Carlos Sainz to finish in the points @ 10/11 with Bet365, Betfred or William Hill.