2018 F1 Spanish Grand Prix

Roy The Boy previews the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona and picks out three bets that have caught his attention.

A Safe Bet in Barcelona

It may be marginal odds-on but 5/6 about there being no safety car use in Sunday’s F1 Grand Prix is too good to miss.  It has only been needed here once in the past eight years and in three of those seasons, 24 cars sat on the starting grid.  Naturally the more cars on track the greater potential for them to find an incident which requires safety car intervention.  The 2018 Formula 1 grid features just 20 cars so there should be even less likelihood of on-track collisions.

Throw in the increasingly popular ‘virtual safety car’, which is no more than a temporary speed limit which can be introduced to slow up the action allowing for debris to be removed from the circuit, and that sequence extending to one-from-nine looks inevitable.

Incidentally, there was no safety car use in the first two races of 2018 but there was a virtual safety car.  That was the state of play at this race in 2017 too.  Anyway, this should never be a 5/6 poke given how the virtual safety car is replacing the real thing more and more.

Ricciardo’s Lap Records

If you are looking for more extravagant prices, back Daniel Ricciardo to claim his third fastest lap accolade of the 2018 season.  Given he retired from the Bahrain and Azerbaijan Grand Prix, he actually has a 100 percent record in this sphere when finishing.

His Red Bull car is sure to like this old-school circuit and, given his team have taken to giving him fresh tyres towards the end of races when his car is fastest thanks to a light fuel-load, there’s every reason to believe he can top the timesheets again.

Hamilton Misses the Spots

Lewis Hamilton has failed to step on the podium in three of his last seven races. Naturally there are mitigating circumstances for this but on this stat alone, you have to be interested in laying him to make the podium in Spain (via the Betfair or Matchbook exchanges).

More importantly, in terms of race pace, his car could be the third best here and despite him being 2/1 to claim pole, I think he could start with at least two cars ahead of him (and anything up to five).  The Barcelona circuit is neigh impossible to overtake on (expect a processional race) so I’ll be betting on him to finish 4th or worse on the day.

Top Bets, Spanish Grand Prix

No Safety Car @ 5/6 with William Hill

William Hill

Daniel Ricciardo, Fastest Lap @ 6/1 with Ladbrokes