Italian Grand Prix 2015 – Preview and Betting Tips

The Italian Grand Prix will be held this coming Sunday at Monza. The race will begin at 2pm local time (1pm GMT). After winning the last race in Belgium with relative ease, Lewis Hamilton will go to this race with a 28 point lead over nearest rival and teammate Nico Rosberg. In this situation, the result of this race will be very important not just for Hamilton but also for Rosberg in their battle for the Drivers’ Championship.

Overview

The historic Autodromo Nazionale Monza will once again be the venue for the Italian Grand Prix this year. This track is very dear to F1 fans because it was also the venue of the first F1 race which took place in 1950. This track has been the home of the Italian GP ever since and almost always has been part of the F1 calendar except in 1980.

The simple layout of the track at Monza makes the Italian GP as the fastest in all the F1 races. This 5.793 kilometer track only has 11 turns and several very long straights. There are two DRS zones in this circuit: the first is on the start-finish straight and the second on the approach to turn 8. On the average, a lap here is taken at an average speed of around 240 kph and at 80% full-throttle. It also has a notorious reputation in motor sports and some have even called it as the “Circuit of Death” because many drivers have died from crashes in this track. The race at Monza has 53 laps and covers a total distance of 306.72 kilometers. Pirelli will use their soft and medium compound tyres for this event. Unlike in most of the other races, most teams prefer to have a one stop strategy here.

Drivers

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is the most successful among the drivers that will race here on Sunday. He has already won this race 3 times (2008, 2011, 2013). However, he was still driving for other teams when he got those victories. The other drivers on the line-up on the Sunday who also have multiple wins here are Fernando Alonso (2007, 2010) and Lewis Hamilton (2012, 2014). Nobody would expect Alonso to win it again this year considering McLaren’s problems. Hamilton won this race last year and after a big win in Beglium weeks ago everybody’s eyes will be again on him on Sunday. Nico Rosberg has never won this race before and he got his best result here last year when he finished second.

Betting tips

For this race, I’ll go for Lewis Hamilton again. He has odds of around 1.5 in Sportingbet and I think this is a good price for him considering his chances of winning. He won this race two times already and was also its winner last year. I also think he’s in great form right now after he cruised to victory in Belgium.
As for the other drivers, Nico Rosberg is at around 4 in Betvictor here while Sebastian Vettel has odds of around 18 in 10Bet. These are definitely more rewarding than a bet for Hamilton, but I don’t think they have good chances to win this race. Hamilton will surely go for a win here in order to win secure the title
this year as early as possible. I’m sure he doesn’t want to have another showdown with Rosberg in the last race of the season like what happened in Abu Dhabi last year.