Sebastian Vettel will look to win his fifth Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday Sep. 16. To win yet again in Singapore, Vettel must beat his biggest rival, Lewis Hamilton. Can Vettel do it, or will Hamilton take him down. What underdog driver has a shot and can any driver in the field upset Hamilton or Vettel?
Who has the bigger shot at the 2018 Singapore Grand Prix glory? Vettel or Hamilton?
Since 2010, Sebastian Vettel has won 4 Singapore Grand Prix races: 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015. Vettel’s the deserving favorite, but he finished 6th in Singapore in 2016. In 2017, he crashed out of the race.
The odds are too low to give Vettel the benefit of the doubt. Hamilton could make it back-to-back Singapore Grand Prix wins because he’s won 3 of the last 4 Formula 1 races. Save for Vettel taking the checkered flag in Belgium, Hamilton won the German Grand Prix, the Hungarian Grand Prix, and the Italian Grand Prix.
At +300 odds, Hamilton’s the play if you’re thinking Vettel or Hamilton.
Are we reading it right? Is Max Verstappen a solid third choice at +330?
Like Vettel, Max Verstappen crashed out of last year’s Singapore Grand Prix. Verstappen’s never won the Singapore Grand Prix, which is why we must question the +330 odds. Max did win a race this year, the Austrian Grand Prix, but that’s it.
It’s hard to see Verstappen taking the checkered flag on Sunday. If he shows up with the absolute fastest car, he might have a shot, but I’d expect double Lewis Hamilton’s odds and that’s not what we’re getting.
Can Ricciardo, Raikkonen, or Botas pull off the upset?
Maybe, but it’s not likely. Ricciardo won the Monaco Grand Prix back in late May, but other than Ricciardo pulling off the upset, it’s been Vettel and Hamilton.
Botas is the only driver worth mentioning to pull off the upset. His +1300 odds are decent while he finished third behind Hamilton and Raikkonen in the Italian Monza. Backing Botas at the odds makes some sense, but don’t expect him to beat Hamilton or Vettel.
Do any field drivers make a wager on the field worth it?
One driver has a small shot, Carlos Sainz Jr. Sainz Jr. has 9 Top 10 finishes from 14 races this year. He finished 11th in two of the races and 12th in two other races. That gives him 13 Top 12 finished in all 14 races. Not stunning, but not bad, either.
Sainz Jr. drove well enough to finish 4th at last year’s Singapore Grand Prix. The bad news is that he finished 22.8 seconds behind winner Lewis Hamilton. But, hey, if you’re looking for a reason to take a shot on the +5000 field, Sainz Jr. is your reason.