Roy The Boy previews the Austrian Grand Prix and he has bets on Valtteri Bottas and No Safety Car.
Mercedes set to roar around the Red Bull Ring
There have been four previous Grand Prix at Austria’s Red Bull Ring. All have been won by the Mercedes team who have also claimed the last three pole positions and the last three fastest laps. In 2014 it was Massa that started on pole and Perez that set the fastest lap – let us not forget they were not driving for the Mercedes team but their cars were powered by a Mercedes engine.
With a fast flowing nature (despite a short lap) the Austrian circuit is all about blunt speed and once again it’s the Mercedes that looks like the car to beat this weekend. But there’s little value in backing Hamilton and alternatively teammate, Valtteri Bottas, has some real appeal.
The Finn consistently pushes his teammate close in qualifying and only a tenth of a second separated them in France when they started 1-2 last week. Bottas finished ahead of Hamilton in qualifying the time before that (in Canada) and only four one-hundredths of a second separated them when they enjoyed another 1-2 start.
Bottas can and occasionally does out-qualify Hamilton and if Hamilton does start on pole, it is near inevitable Bottas will start second. All-in-all, Betfair’s 13/2 about Bottas claiming pole is a screaming price given their each-way terms of 1-2 and a third of the odds.
Cannot see a SC on Sunday
It’s never an exact science but the likelihood of a Safety Car in this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix is surely low. The Red Bull Ring’s circuit features acres of asphalt run-off areas giving the drivers plenty of room for manoeuvre.
There may have been a six-lap safety car period in 2015 (following a collision at the second turn between Alonso and Raikkonen) and 2016 saw it called out again when Vettel crashed after his tyre exploded. But in the other two races since this circuit re-joined the F1 calendar in 2014 the safety car remained in its garage.
Pole Position: Valtteri Bottas 13/2 (each-way) Betfair
No Safety Car 2/1 Paddy Power