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2018 Bahrain Grand Prix Preview & Tips

The Bahrain Grand Prix, which has been raced under floodlights since 2014, takes place this coming weekend.  Read on to find our F1 betting tips for the coming weekend for race 2 of the new Formula One season.

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New Customers can get Lewis Hamilton at an enhanced 25/1 to win the Bahrain GP. Max Stake £1. Winnings paid in free bets. Full T&Cs Apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.

– Qualifying starts at 4pm on Saturday, the Bahrain GP race itself begins at 4.10pm on Sunday 8th April 2018.

– Live on the Sky Sports F1 channel in the UK.

Our Bahrain Grand Prix F1 Betting Tips:

  • No Safety Car at 4/6 (1.67) with Betstars
  • Valtteri Bottas 11/2 each-way (6.50) with Boylesports (3 places at 1/5)
  • Winning margin 5 seconds or less  at 6/4 (2.50) bet365*

*Prices correct as of 1.30pm, 5th April

Race 1 Recap

In the season opener, in Melbourne Australia, we clearly learned that Lewis Hamilton has a faster car than his rivals.  We were also reminded there is no such thing as a ‘good thing’.

The Brit lost the race (whilst trading at 1.21 on the Betfair betting exchange) under baffling circumstances, albeit historians will recall his Mercedes team carried out a similar faux-pas at the Monaco Grand Prix of 2015.

As much as they have a budget in the millions, Mercedes have still not fixed the faulty time keeping equipment that resides in their pit-wall.

No Upsets, No Safety Cars

The big feature of the Bahrain circuit is its width and massive run-off areas.  In part they help keep sand off of the racing line but they also contribute to giving this raceway its description of ‘the safest F1 circuit in the world!”. Resultantly a Safety Car has only been called into action here three times (in 13 years) and the race has never thrown up a defined ‘upset winner’.

Now, whilst Bahrain is a very different circuit to Australia, there is little reason not to expect Hamilton and teammate, Valtteri Bottas, to have a very fruitful weekend. This is a favourite’s playground.

6/1 looks like an each-way bet to nothing

When searching for our best value F1 betting tips the Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas is the call. F1 Betting Tips - Valtteri Bottas photo
The Finn started on pole position here in 2017 and ultimately finished third.  It was just one of his 13 podium finishes he enjoyed during the season.

Winning marginally

But the best F1 betting tip of the weekend has to be on the winning distance.  Since this race was first staged in 2004 only three times has the winner prevailed by more than 10sec and seven times it has been under 5sec.

Once taking the lead Vettel controlled the race from the front in Australia last time and we are sure to see plenty more of this in 2018 as drivers try to protect their engines from undue stress.  

This season F1 teams are only allowed the use of three engines before their drivers are given penalties for changes. So we confidentially expect the winner to score by a margin of less than 5.0sec

Recommended F1 Betting Tips

  • No Safety Car at 4/6 (1.67) with Betstars
  • Valtteri Bottas 11/2 each-way (6.50) with Boylesports (3 places at 1/5)
  • Winning margin 5 seconds or less – bet365*

*Prices correct as of 1.30pm, 5th April

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