Spanish Grand Prix 2015 – Preview and Betting Tips

After four races in Australia and Asia, the F1 season will now take its turn to Europe. On Sunday at 1pm GMT, the Spanish Grand Prix will take place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona. Hamilton had already won three of the first four races this season. Let’s see if he’ll be able to make it to four on Sunday or will there be another upset like what happened in Malaysia.

Overview

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya where the pre-season testing is usually held is also the venue of the Spanish Grand Prix. This is why almost all the drivers are very familiar with it. This track was built on 1991 and in the same year it also became the home of the Spanish Grand Prix. The circuit here is 4.655 kilometers long and has 16 turns. The unique combination of high and low speed corners in this track makes it one of the most challenging among the drivers. This is why despite the familiarity factor, many drivers still look forward to competing in the Spanish Grand Prix. Pirelli will use the medium and hard compounds for this race because of the rough surface on the track. The race here has 66 laps and covers a total distance of 307.23 kilometers.

Drivers

Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen are the most successful in this race among the drivers who will compete on Sunday. They’ve both won this race two times already. Obviously, Alonso who is now with McLaren has very little chances of winning this race, but Raikkonen of Ferrari has the possibility of having a podium finish here. Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari has also won this race in 2011. Nico Rosberg is yet to win this race, but he finished second here last year. His teammate, Lewis Hamilton won this race last year. The Mercedes duo is again the favorites to win it this year.

Betting tips

Lewis Hamilton is again the top favorite to win this race. He has already won three out of the four races this season so far. Some say if it weren’t because of the tyre change mistake which happened in Malaysia, he could’ve also won that race. Bwin offers the best odds for the Brit here which is at around 1.5. His teammate Nico Rosberg comes second to him even in the odds market at around 4.33. Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari who was the surprise winner in Malaysia is third in the list of the possible winners by the bookies here. The odds for him here are at around 8.

I think the odds of around 1.5 here is a good deal for Lewis Hamilton. He has been very consistent this season in performing at such a high level. I’m sure the rest period which lasted for about several weeks has also done a lot of positive things to him. If we look at the recent setbacks he experienced this season, most of them were due to the mechanical problems that weren’t his fault. Hopefully, Mercedes will not fail him this time, so he can win this race again.