Mercedes to Dominate Bahrain

Mercedes No.2 can finish 1, 2 or 3 in Bahrain

A fortnight ago we put forward Romain Grosjean at 5/6 for a top 10-finish which looked a formality before a loose wheel-nut forced him to park his car at the side of the Melbourne race track. This week, in Bahrain, the Frenchman is 11/10 to finish in the top-6. No value there so.

Where the value primarily lies is at Bet365 (or Betvictor) with their 4/5 quote about Valtteri Bottas finishing on the podium. Like he did 13 times last year. In addition, the Finn qualified on pole in this race last season and ultimately finished on the podium. His Mercedes car loves this circuit’s configuration which explains why Hamilton’s form figures, since the introduction of the 1.6L V6 hybrid engines, read: 2-3-1-1 and his teammate’s (Rosberg every year apart from last season) are 3-1-3-2.

For us backing the Mercedes No. 2 to ‘podium’ on Sunday is a better proposition at 4/5 than Hamilton to win the race at the same price. The Australian form tells us their car is still a cut above its rivals.

Practice 1 can go to Lewis

If you are a Hamilton fan with an urge to support him; for you the best bet is probably him topping the ‘Practice 1’ timesheets. The Brit has done so in 9 of the last 20 F1 races so the 6/4 on offer at William Hill looks an outstanding bet on stats alone. But like we say, he has the fastest car and that’s not something he could boast at the start of last season.

Just consider he aced ‘Practice 1’ by half a second in Australia ... that’s a proverbial mile in this sport.

Safety in run off areas

It’s another shortie but another penalty-kick.

That’s the lack of a need for a Safety Car. It is just 3 from 13 in this race thanks, for the most part, to the circuit’s width and huge run-off areas.

Recommended Bets

Valtteri Bottas to finish on the podium                                         4/5                   William Hill

Lewis Hamilton to go fastest in Practice Session 1                   6/4                   William Hill

NO Safety Car                                                                                          4/6                   BetStars

William Hill