Russian Grand Prix 2015 – Preview and Betting Tips

On Sunday, October 11 at around 2pm local time (12noon GMT), the second edition of the Russian Grand Prix will be held at the Sochi Autodrom. Lewis Hamilton dominated this event last year. He got the fastest time in qualifying to start the race at the pole and on race day, led the competition from beginning to end. Can he do a repeat performance of that this year?

Overview

The Russian Grand Prix 2015 will take place at the Hermann Tilke designed Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. This track has a length of 5.848 kilometers and is the third longest among the tracks used today in F1. It has 19 turns and 2 DRS zones (the first between turns one and two and the second between turns 10 and 13). Like in most F1 races today, the cars run in a clockwise direction in this circuit.

This race has 53 laps and covers a total distance of 309.745 kilometers. Experts consider this race as relatively faster than the other races in the calendar with 57% of a lap here taken at full-throttle. Last year, Pirelli used their medium compounds here, but this time they choose to use their supersoft (red) and soft (yellow) compounds. They think these tyres will better suit the smooth surface of the asphalt in this track.

Drivers

This will just be the second edition of the Russian GP. Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes dominated the inaugural edition of this race last year. He started at the pole and led the race from beginning to end. His teammate, Nico Rosberg came in second while Valtteri Bottas took the third spot at the podium. Vettel who was then still racing for Red Bull just got an 8th place finish while Raikkonen followed him at 9th.

After flopping in Singapore, Mercedes was able to bounce back in Japan. Hamilton won that race in a stunning way again while Rosberg took the second place. The Ferrari duo of Vettel and Raikkonen trailed them for third and fourth places respectively. This win was very important for them because it brought back their control for the drivers’ championship and it also proved that they’re still the team to beat despite Ferrari’s improved performance in the recent races. And after another great performance in Suzuka, expectations are once again high for the entire Mercedes team in this event.

Betting tips

I’ll go for a possible Lewis Hamilton victory on this race. The Brit has good odds in this event and he’s at around 1.57 in William Hill. He now has a 48 point lead over Rosberg and with just four races remaining after this one, I’m sure he’s already thinking about securing the title. He was very dominant here last year and I’m confident he can win this race again. Nico Rosberg also has good odds here and he’s at 3.75 in Paddypower. But I doubt if he can win here. In my opinion, he might have another second place finish this year.