Free tips Formula One Betting Preview: Brazilian Grand Prix Predictions & Tips (5pm, Sunday)
Valtteri Bottas Might Not Be Good Enough To Take Advantage
The F1 season is winding down with Lewis Hamilton already crowned champion but we can still get involved in the action with some Brazilian Grand Prix predictions.
There’s a strong theory that Lewis Hamilton will give his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, a race win before the conclusion of the season. He does, after all, owe the Finn a good turn after asking him to move aside from the lead at the Russian Grand Prix.
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However, there are just two races remaining of the current campaign and it has to be asked if Bottas is good enough to win a race with or without the assistance of the newly crowned World Champion.
Bottas started on pole here last year but the race went to Sebastian Vettel and the Mercedes No. 2 trails both Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in the 2018 Drivers Championship standings despite driving a car which has proven itself to be hyper reliable.
Hamilton’s record in Brazil, compared to other circuits, is poor. His finishing positions read: 4-1-2-2-9-R-R-4-3 and his form has tapered off in recent seasons once he has secured the ‘drivers’ title.
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Daniel Ricciardo’s Brazilian record is simply dire. He’s never finished better than sixth here in seven previous visits. Furthermore his Red Bull car has failed to finish eight times this season and it’s not expected to perform at its best here given the circuit’s long flat-out stretch.
Therein we are looking at a Ferrari race victory and that leads us to just one place, Sebastian Vettel. The German is a three time winner at Sao Paulo’s Interlagos circuit and despite him not winning a race since Belgium in late August, he is a confident selection for Sunday.
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Second to First
Hopefully Vettel will start from second on the grid too. That’s because more winners start from second here than on pole (seven times since 2004).
We saw in Texas how the second grid box can be advantageous when it is on the left of the track and the first bend is a left-hander.
Red Bull can wing Fastest Lap
Five of the last nine races here have seen a ‘fastest lap’ set by a Red Bull driver, so Betfred’s 9/4 about either Red Bull driver to set the race’ fastest lap has merit.
But with Ricciardo seemingly cursed in recent starts and Verstappen setting the last two ‘fastest laps’ here, the young Dutchman is the last of our Brazilian Grand Prix predictions at William Hill’s 6/1.
Brazilian Grand Prix Predictions
Race Winner: Sebastian Vettel at 15/8 (2.88) at Betfair Sportsbook
Race Fastest Lap: Max Verstappen at 6/1 at William Hill
* Odds correct at the time of writing