Roy The Boy looks ahead to the Mexico Grand Prix this weekend and has a strong bet on Nico Rosberg to go fastest in Practice Session 1 with saver on Sergio Perez.
Rosberg’s 50/50 Practice 1 form plus a hangover makes 5/4 a play
So the 2015 World Driver’s Championship has been awarded. The question is, will its owner, Lewis Hamilton, be fully recovered from the hang-over which he surely inflicted upon himself in the aftermath of his Texan triumph?
The Brit will have had less than five days to overcome his celebratory antics, get to this weekend’s F1 venue, Mexico City, and start concentrating on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodrigue, a refurbished racetrack welcoming the return of the sport after a two decade absence.
It is unlikely his Mercedes will be anything other than fast at this circuit which has a conventional configuration but therein so will their No. 2 driver Nico Rosberg.
The German was seen to throw his toys out of his pram when losing the USA Grand Prix and, unlike his teammate, it’s unlikely he has been partying hard this past week.
Given this likely scenario it is easy to predict Rosberg is the more likely pace-setter in the opening practice session. But there is more than “if’s and buts” behind this theory.
Rosberg has been at the top of Practise 1 time-sheets eight times this season, Hamilton just five. Only three times in 2015 has a Mercedes not gone fastest in P1: Bahrain, Japan and Russia. In Japan the session was severely effected by rain and Russia’s P1 was a debacle due to an on-track diesel spill.
No matter how you slice it Ladbrokes and Bet 365’s 6/5 about Rosberg going fastest in P1 is a fair bet at a price which looks greater than its potential outcome given the results of 2015’s 16 races to date.
However, at a juicy 66/1 why not throw some pennies on Sergio Perez to also claim Practice 1 victory.
The return of F1 to Mexico is massive news and it offers a potentially colossal viewing audience. A Mexican driver going fastest at the start of an F1 weekend? What more could be done to entice the general public there to tune into Sunday’s race action?
Perez’ Force Indian car with its Mercedes engine is relatively fast but stripped down in trim with enough petrol to fil a lawn mower it could be even faster in this session which is normally used by teams to test new equipment and, in some instances, new drivers.
4 points win Nico Rosberg to go fastest in Practice 1 at 5/4 with William Hill
0.5 points win Sergio Perez to go fastest in Practice 1 at 66/1 with Betfred and William Hill