Ladbrokes / Coral opened with 5/6 about Romain Grosjean finishing in a top-10 position (a points finish). Not surprising, that price didn't last long and he is now a best price of 5/11.
The Frenchman habitually spins off during practice but he keeps his car on the road in races (just three retirements in 2017 of which just one was a collision). In a race that normally has a high-attrition rate, his Haas car can be trusted ahead of teams such as McLaren and Toro Rosso which have to adjust to their new engines this season. Grosjean should slot into a top-10 either by ability or reliability.
Qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix gets underway at 6am on Saturday. That’s great timing as you can collect your winnings from it and have funds for the remainder of the best punting day of the week. Oh, those winnings … they are going to come from Lewis Hamilton qualifying on pole and to take the front-marker position courtesy of a 0.25sec+ margin. This prediction takes no great stretch of the imagination. Hamilton has qualified on pole here for the past four seasons by a margin in excess of 0.30sec on each occasion.
Following winter testing, every Formula 1 expert is in the firm belief the Mercedes team still has a clear advantage over their rivals and it is blatantly obvious Hamilton is superior to his teammate, Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton is a best price of 8/13 to take pole but Bet365 go 6/4 about the Qualifying Margin to be 0.25 sec or more.