Malaysian Grand Prix 2015 – Preview and Betting Tips

It’s all systems go for the second race of the season, the Malaysian Grand Prix. Many teams had a rough start this year.  Two weeks ago in Melbourne, only 11 cars out of the 18 which qualified finished the race. On Sunday, they all hope to deliver a much better performance. And as usual, Mercedes is expected to dominate this race. Here is a quick look at all the important information about this race and how things might be on March 29.

Overview

The 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix will take place at the Sepang International Circuit, a track near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It will be held on March 29, Sunday at 3pm local time (5am GMT). Like most F1 tracks used today, this one was also designed by Hermann Tilke. It’s been the home of the Malaysian GP since 1999. This permanent racing circuit has a length of 5.543 kms and has 15 corners. There are two DRS zones in this track, one on the pit straight and the other near the final straight.

The Malaysian GP has 56 laps and covers a total distance of 310.408 kms. It’s considered one of the fast races in the calendar because on the average, drivers in this race are at full-throttle 45% of the time. Teams usually employ a two pit-stop strategy here. Pirelli will use their medium (white) and hard (orange) compounds for this race.

Drivers

Sebastian Vettel is the most successful driver here with three wins (2013, 2011 and 2010). He’s followed by Fernando Alonso (2012, 2007) and Kimi Raikonnen (2008, 2003) who both have two wins. Jenson Button had also won this race way back in 2009. Last year, Lewis Hamilton won this race. Given the current situation, many expect him to win this race again. His teammate, Nico Rosberg is yet to win a title here, but he finished second last year.

There’s not much to expect from past winners like Alonso (who’ll be coming back after missing the Australian GP) and Button on Sunday. Their team, McLaren Honda is still having problems with their cars. Button finished last in Melbourne and Raikonnen, who was the replacement driver for Alonso didn’t compete in the race because his car had a problem moments before the race began.

Aside from Alonso, Vatlerri Bottas will also be back here. He also missed the Australian GP after suffering a neck injury. Manor Racing which also missed out the first race have also announced that they will compete in Malaysia.

Betting tips

Many F1 experts think the results here will just be the same as in Australia. Mercedes is expected to dominate this race again. The only question is will it be Hamilton or Rosberg who’ll win here? Hamilton is the odds-favorite in most bookmakers here. Totesport has him at around 1.53. Rosberg comes in second and his odds are at 3 in Paddypower. Sebastian Vettel who’s the winningest driver on the line-up comes far third with odds of 18 in Unibet.

Hamilton is just on top of his form right now. He made his intentions clear right from the start during the pre-season testing in Spain where he outclassed everybody. He began the season by starting at the pole in Australia and winning it easily. For me, he’s also the best bet here. I don’t think Rosberg can win this race because he has a poor record here compared to Hamilton. And like I mentioned before, Hamilton is just way above everyone right now, so I’m sure he’ll win the Malaysian GP again.