Free tips F1 Betting Preview: Japanese Grand Prix Betting Tips
Rain could put the dampeners on Japanese Grand Prix
There’s a lot of rain forecast to fall on the Suzuka International Racing Circuit this week and it could still be falling as we head into Friday’s opening practice sessions. In fact it’s quite possible we will not get a clear idea of who is likely to perform best in Sunday’s race until after Saturday evening’s qualifying session. Nevertheless below are our early Japanese Grand Prix betting tips for this weekend…
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) October 3, 2018
Japanese Grand Prix Betting Preview
The history books tell us the winner has started first or second here every year since the Japanese Grand Prix returned to this track in 2009 (five pole setters went on to win). They also show us Mercedes have been invincible, qualifying on pole each and every one of the past four years, winning the race for those four years and claiming three fastest laps over the same period.
There is some good news for Sebastian Vettel though, the German has won this race four times in the past – albeit never in a Ferrari.
Form Points to India
Featuring a sizeable lap, high-speeds, long flat out sections (67% at full throttle) Suzuka is a low-downforce circuit and so the results from this seasons races at Spa and Monza can be relied upon as reliable form indicators.
Ferrari and Mercedes were the cars to have there but let us not forget the Force India cars driven by (Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez) finished in the first seven of both races. They clearly like this type of venue and are expected to excel once again. In fact, at bet365’s* 11/8 they rate as nap material.
Last year I had some cool battles for 3rd, magic track can’t wait !🇯🇵
L’année dernière j’ai eu de belles batailles pour la 3ème place, hâte de revenir sur ce circuit magique!🇯🇵 #EO31 #japanesegp pic.twitter.com/dzkzUpqZeR
— Esteban Ocon (@OconEsteban) October 3, 2018
Someone from Second?
Betvictor are offering 11/4 about the winning car starting from second on the grid. It’s happened here four times in the last seven years and it could easily happen again if things pan-out like they did in Russia (where Mercedes pole-setter, Valtteri Bottas, allowed Hamilton to take the lead and race win).
Furthermore, following Russia, Hamilton owes Bottas plenty of favours and he could easily return one to his Finnish teammate should Sebastian Vettel be out of contention at the business end of the race. No, it’s no exact science, but on the stats alone odds of 11/4 is too big about this outcome and therefore makes it on Japanese Grand Prix betting tips shortlist.
Finishing F1 Bet
Coral should be the final stop on your F1 betting shopping list for the weekend as the ‘boys in red’ are offering 4/7 about the banker which is 15.5+ classified finishers. The brave may take the even-money at bet365* about 16.5+ which is also a big shout based on previous results.
Suzuka is a great track for finishing numbers. In fact both 2015 and 2016’s race saw every starter finish. Only once in the past nine years has less than 17 cars completed the race as a ‘classified finisher’.
Japanese Grand Prix Betting Tips:
Both Force India cars to finish in the Top-10 (a points finish) at 11/8 with bet365*
Car Starting 2nd on the Grid to Win the Race at 11/4 with BetVictor
Total Classified Finishers – Over 15.5+ 4/7 with Coral
* Odds correct at the time of writing