Australian Grand Prix 2018 Odds, Tips & Picks
Following the massive success from Mercedes with their four consecutive titles in the past few years, the upcoming f1 season is keeping fans in a state of anticipation as they wait to find out if anyone can dethrone the constructor giant.
The 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship is scheduled to start with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March the 25th. Lewis Hamilton is still the favourite to win. However, he will have to put up a fight against Vettel’s Ferrari team if he wants to defend his World Champion title. Of course, other constructors such as Red Bull and Renault could always pose a threat with a potential upset. The Mercedes team will sport their F1 W09 EQ Power+ at the World Championship with which they feel confident they will win. This championship will also see the introduction of a new protection device in the cockpit. This came after the change in the sport’s technical regulations.
The entrants for the World Championship are: Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport, Scuderia Ferrari, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, Renault Sport Formula One Team, Sahara Force India F1 Team, McLaren F1 Team, Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda, Williams Martini Racing, and Haas F1 Team. The Mercedes team’s chassis has already been mentioned, while Ferrari has decided to use their SF71H chassis. Red Bull will be using the RB14, while Renault will be sporting the R.S.18 to the championship. All constructors will be using Pirelli tires as they will be the exclusive supplier for the Formula One Championship until at least 2019.
Lewis Hamilton is feeling pretty confident, saying that he is aiming to set the bar higher than last year. He said that he wants to be better than last year, and that there are many areas where he can improve, despite his last season being his best when it comes to performance. He also stated that he has only recently started his pre-season training. If he won this title this would put him ahead of the German Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who holds four titles so far. Speaking of Vettel, he has said that he expects a fierce rivalry this year between him and Hamilton. He knows that Mercedes is the favorite to win, but he also added that they have a good chance of winning if they bring their A-game. He isn’t worried too much about that at the moment though, as in his words: it’s only March and the end of November and the season is far away. If he won this season, this would be his first title since 2013, and it would also mean a title for Ferrari, who haven’t won since 2008.
The World Championship in 2018 will also see the reintroduction of the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim after dropping off in 2017, and the French Grand Prix in Le Castellet after a 10-year absence. This has made the French fans very happy, and even the French driver Romain Grosjean chimed in on twitter, saying how it’s great that the Grand Prix is finally back in France.
When it comes to the odds, not surprisingly, they favour Lewis Hamilton the most at 4/6. Other odds for outright winners in the ‘drivers’ category are 4/1 for Sebastian Vettel, 6/1 for Max Verstappen, 7/1 for Valtteri Bottas. Daniel Ricciardo stands at 11/1, Fernando Alonso at 25/1, Kimi Raikkonen at 40/1, and all other drivers break the 100/1 odds which go up to 2000/1. When it comes to the constructors, the odds for the big three go as follows: 1/2 for Mercedes, 3/1 for Red Bull, and 4/1 for Ferrari.