Australian Grand Prix 2015 – Preview and Betting Tips

After the long wait, the 2015 F1 season will kick off on Sunday, March 15 in Melbourne, Australia. Lots of things have happened during the off season and now, the most prestigious competition in the world of motorsports will begin its 66th edition with a first race in the Land Down Under.

We have already given our preview of the 2015 F1 season, so check it out to learn what to expect from this years races.

Let’s have a quick look of what this race has to offer and what punters should expect from it.

Overview

The 31st edition of the Australian Grand Prix will begin on 4pm local time (5am GMT). It will be held at the temporary circuit in Albert Park which is located near Melbourne City. This track has been the home of the Australian GP since 1996. The track here is a street circuit, so it doesn’t have the same grip level as a dedicated race track. Because of this, Pirelli will use their medium (white) and soft (yellow) tyres for this race.

Albert Park is built around the Albert Park Lake, a small man-altered lake. It has a length of 5.303 kilometers and is filled with 16 turns. There are two DRS zones here, the first is near the pit straight and the second is located after turn 2. The race has 58 laps and covers a total distance of 307.574 kilometers. Michael Schumacher still holds the record for the fastest lap here with a time of 1:24.125 which he made when he was still with Ferrari in 2004.

Drivers

Jenson Button is the most successful driver among the list of participants in Melbourne this year. He has won the Australian GP three times already (2009, 2010 and 2012). He races for McLaren which is also the most successful team in this race. He is followed by Kimi Raikonnen who is now with Ferrari with two wins (2007 and 2013). However, none of them are expected to win in this year’s race and the focus of F1 pundits here are on the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg won the Australian GP last year and he was followed by McLaren teammates, Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button respectively. Lewis Hamilton was forced to retire during that race after he encountered engine problems. Hamilton has also won this race before in 2008 when he was still with McLaren.

Aside from them, the spotlight is also on the drivers of Torro Rosso this season, Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr. Verstappen, who is just 17 years old will make history on Sunday by becoming the youngest driver to compete in an F1 race. His teammate, Carlos Sainz Jr., 20 years old is the second youngest driver on the grid this year. Many are also curious on how will perform on their first F1 race.

Betting tips

There’s no question that Mercedes will dominate this race. After a very impressive run in the pre-season testing in Spain, everybody agrees that they’re the team to beat again this season and they will begin to collect trophies and points this year at the Australian GP. The odds for Hamilton are at 2.1 in Totesport while Rosberg is at 3.25 in Skybet. Many experts say either the two of them will win this race. For sure, both of them also want to win the first race of the season, so it’s a 50/50 pick on the possible winner here. But if want to play safe, you can just go to the podium finish market where the odds for them are at around 1.25 to 1.29. The reward here isn’t big compared to the race winner, but a $25 win for a $100 bet isn’t that bad.