Singapore Grand Prix 2014 – Preview and Betting Tips

On September 21 at exactly 8:00pm the Singapore Grand Prix will be held again at the Marina Bay Street Circuit right in the heart of Singapore. This race is very special because it’s the only night race in the F1 calendar. It was first held in 2008 and has become one of the highlights of the season ever since.

Overview

The Singapore Grand Prix is raced on the Marina Bay Street Circuit which is one of the most difficult tracks in F1 today. This 5.065 kilometer street track has 23 corners and is layered with bumpy asphalt. These features make this race one of the slowest in the tournament with drivers completing a lap at an average speed of only 170 km/h at 50% full throttle. Most races in F1 have an average speed of up to 180 to 190 km/h and the laps are usually completed at 60 to 70% full throttle. Aside from that, ten of the 23 corners here are taken in first or second gear. However, there are two DRS zones in the track: the first on the start-finish straight and the other one is near turn seven.  This race has 61 laps and covers a total distance of 308.828 kilometers.

The cars will use Pirelli’s Soft and Supersoft tires for this stage. Given the racing conditions, these tires are the best to use here. High brakewear and fuel consumption are expected in this race because many of the turns which have to be taken at very slow speeds. This is indeed a very demanding race not just for the drivers but also for the engineers and mechanics who are in charge of the cars.

Drivers

The new version of the Singapore Grand Prix was only held six times so far and four of the winners in those six previous races started the race at pole position. Sebastian Vettel has won this race the most number of times with three wins. He completed his hattrick last year by winning the 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions of the race. He started at the pole in 2011 and 2013. He still hasn’t won a race this year and is currently on 6th at the drivers’ standings with 106 points.

Nico Rosberg who is leading in the title race with 238 points has an unimpressive record at Singapore and hasn’t made a podium finish in its last five editions. His best performance here was way back in 2008 when he finished second to Fernando Alonso. His arch-rival and teammate, Lewis Hamilton won this race in 2009 when he started at the pole. In 2012, he also began this race at the pole but was forced to retire after encountering a gearbox problem.

Fernando Alonso who is currently at number 5 in the standings with 121 points won this race in 2008 and 2010. He also started the race at the pole in 2010. Like Vettel, he is still yet to win a race this year.

Betting tips

The two main protagonists in F1 this year, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are also favoured by most bookmakers to win this race. Hamilton has better odds of winning this race compared to Rosberg in most betting sites. His odds at Bwin and Betfair (bookmaker) are at around 1.75 while Rosberg has odds of 3 at Paddypower and Coral. Other past winners of the race like Sebastian Vettel has odds of 26 at Stanjames and Fernando Alonso has odds of 41 at Betvictor.

In betting on the main race, I think it’s best to back the driver who’ll start at the pole. Rosberg has never started at the pole here and also has a mediocre record in this race. Hamilton could have won this race again in 2012 when he started at the pole if only he didn’t encounter a mechanical problem. I think it’s a good idea to bet on Hamilton here. I’m pretty sure he can win this race. In case you have doubts about it, then you could just bet on Hamliton making a podium finish. You can still make some money from this and Bwin has odds of 1.25 for it.

Betting Tips: Lewis Hamilton to win, 1.66 (Odds from Bet365)