Chinese Grand Prix 2015 – Preview and Betting Tips

The unexpected win of Sebastian Vettel in Kuala Lumpur two weeks ago brought back the excitement in F1. On Sunday, the third race of the season which is the Chinese Grand Prix will be held in Shanghai at 2pm local time (7am GMT). Even though Lewis Hamilton has the most wins here many are still expecting this race to be as exciting and unpredictable like the Malaysian GP last month. Here is a quick look at this event.

Overview

The Chinese Grand Prix became a regular part of the F1 season in 2004. The race here takes place at the Shanghai International Circuit, a track located in Jiading, Shanghai. Like most of the tracks used today in F1 racing this one was also designed by Hermann Tilke. It’s the most expensive F1 circuit ever built and is also considered as one of the trickiest tracks by many drivers because of the unique combination of turns that Tilke put into its design. A lap here has a distance of 5.451 kilometers. This race has 56 laps and covers a total distance of 305.066 kilometers. Pirelli will use its medium and soft compound tyres for this event. This is the same set of tyres used in Australia. Most teams employ a two stop strategy for this race.

Drivers

Lewis Hamilton is the most successful driver in the Chinese GP with three wins (2008, 2011, 2014) since its inclusion in the F1 calendar in 2004. He also won this race last year and this makes him a top favorite on Sunday. His teammate, Nico Rosberg has won this race two years ago. The other drivers who won this race before and will also compete this year are Jenson Button (2010), Fernando Alonso (2005, 2013), Sebastian Vettel (2009) and Kimi Raikonnen (2007).

Like in the previous races, all eyes are again on the Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Rosberg in this event. But who knows, maybe we’ll have a surprise winner again here. Mercedes chief Toto Wolff admitted recently that they now have “a race in their hands now” and that their cars will have an upgrade before the race in China.

Betting Tips

Lewis Hamilton is still the top favorite to win this race according to the bookmakers. In Paddypower, he has odds of 1.66. Next to him is his teammate Nico Rosberg who is at 4. Sebastian Vettel, the winner of the last race in Malaysia is third with odds of around 6. Considering the situation now, this race can also have a different ending than what is implied in the odds.

The odds for the podium finish of either Hamilton and Rosberg are very low at around 1.2 to 1.15. Some people may think that it’s a good idea to bet on this market. But if you really want to play it safe placing a $100 bet on Hamilton here and getting a $15 profit on it may not be bad considering the very low risk this bet has. But if you want to take a chance, I think Hamilton is still the best choice here.