Russian Grand Prix 2014 – Preview and Betting Tips

On October 12, the Russian Grand Prix will be held for the first time in Sochi. The race will take place on the Sochi Autodrom, a new racetrack built around the venue of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Being the newest addition to the F1 racing calendar, the Russian GP is uncharted territory for all the drivers and constructors. It is also considered as another milestone for F1 racing and the first winner of this race will surely be an important part of its history.

Overview

sochi-autodrom-circuit-russian-grand-prix-2014After much controversy and rumors, the Russian Grand Prix will finally take place on October 12, Sunday 3:00pm local time (11:00am GMT). The race will be held on the Sochi Autodrom, a new racing circuit which was constructed specifically for this event. The circuit that will be used for the race is 5.853 kilometers long and contains 18 corners. The race will have 53 laps and covers a total distance of 310.209 kilometers.

Pirelli considers this track as a medium-speed circuit and will supply the teams with medium-compound tires for the “prime” and soft-compound tires for the “option.” This is the same combination of tires they supplied to the teams in Hungary and Belgium. FIA race director Charlie Whiting gave the FIA’s final seal of approval on the track just last August. Last month, the Russian Touring Car Championship was held on the circuit as a preparation for the Russian GP.

Drivers

It is expected that drivers will not encounter the same problems they had in Japan here. In October, the weather is generally good in Sochi. This means that everyone can expect a real race from start to finish here.

Lewis Hamilton has won the last three races in Italy, Singapore and Japan. His teammate and rival, Nico Rosberg had to retire due to mechanical problems in Singapore, but was able to finish second in Suzuka. Will the Russian GP be also a race between them or will another driver like Ricciardo or Vettel grab the spotlight from them here? And speaking of the Red Bull drivers, many people are now anxiously waiting to see how Vettel will perform in Russia after he had finally decided to move to Ferrari next season. It is rumoured that Ferrari had offered a very good deal to Vettel. Meanwhile, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is also rumoured to be planning a move next season. It will be good to see whether these developments will have an effect on their performance in Russia.

Betting tips

With the momentum on his side, Lewis Hamilton is the favorite to win the first edition of the Russian Grand Prix. Most bookies have odds of around 1.67 for him. Nico Rosberg meanwhile has odds of around 3.25 in most betting sites. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel on the other hand have odds of around 15 in most sites.

Early this year, Hamilton had won four races straight. He won in Malaysia, Bahrain, China and Spain. He now won eight races this year. Rosberg meanwhile had only won four but is consistent in almost every race. This is why despite having won only half the number of Hamilton’s titles this year, he’s still in contention for the championship. I think Hamilton can repeat what he’d done early this year and win the Russian GP to record another four straight wins. Rosberg might have another podium finish here just like what he had in most of the races this year. I think a good betting tip here is to go all the way for Hamilton.

Betting Tips: Lewis Hamilton to win, 1.67 (Odds from William Hill)