Singapore Grand Prix 2015 – Preview and Betting Tips

Despite the threat of smog from the forest fires in Indonesia, the organizers of the Singapore Grand Prix 2015 say that the race will still go ahead as planned this coming weekend. The first night race on the F1 calendar will begin at 8pm local time (1pm GMT) at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. Hamilton who now has a 53 point lead over Rosberg won this race last year. Will he win it again this year?

Overview

The first edition of the Singapore Grand Prix was held in 2008 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. This track has been the home of this event ever since. Like most of the recently built tracks used in F1, this one was also designed by Hermann Tilke. It has a length of 5.065 km and has 23 turns. There are two DRS zones in this circuit (the first on the pit straight and the second between turns five and seven). The twisty turns at the Marina Bay offer quite a challenge for the drivers and they also make this race as the second slowest in the F1 calendar after Monaco.

The Singapore GP has 61 laps and covers a total distance of 308.828 km. Most teams employ a three stop strategy in this race. The asphalt surface of the track here is slippery and for this reason Pirelli will use their supersoft (red) and soft (yellow) compounds in this event.

Drivers

Three of the 20 competitors on Sunday had won the Singapore GP multiple times already. Sebastian Vettel is the most successful here with three wins (2011, 2012 and 2013). He is followed by Lewis Hamilton (2009 and 2014) and Fernando Alonso (2008 and 2010) who both have two wins each. Nico Rosberg, Hamilton’s nearest competitor this season is yet to win this race. The best finish he had here so far was a second place finish on its first edition in 2008. He failed to finish this race last year after his car experienced a mechanical problem.

Betting tips

Lewis Hamilton is once again the top favorite to win this race. Coral offers the best odds for him at 1.5. He is followed by teammate, Nico Rosberg who is at around 4.3 in most bookies. Sebastian Vettel, the only other driver who has won a race this year is again third on the favorites of bookies to win. Unibet has him at around 9 to win this event again.

I’ll once again go for Hamilton in this race. I don’t think Rosberg has a chance to win here because he has taken part on this race many times already only had little success so far. The title race is certainly not over yet, but I’m sure Hamilton is now aiming to secure the title this year as early as possible. With this, I’m very certain that he’ll do his best to win this race.