Formula One Betting Preview: Low Speed Hungarian Grand Prix at Hungaroring Can Act as an Equaliser

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Top-6 Finish: Fernando Alonso at 7/2 (4.50) with Skybet (Top Bet)

Fastest Lap: Daniel Ricciardo at 9/1 (10.00) with William Hill

Winning Margin: 10sec+ at 6/4 (2.50) with bet36

Safety Car: Not to be used at 8/13 (1.63) with William Hill

Total Finishers: 15.5+ at 1/1 (2.00) with bet365

Formula 1 race circuits come in many different sizes and shapes.  There are the fast race tracks with long straights and big circumferences such as Baku, Monza and Spa (whose races are just 44 laps long) and there are the much shorter and slower circuits such as Monaco (78 lap race distance), Singapore and Hungary.  Of course there is also a lot circuit configurations in-between these extremitie.

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But F1 racing is all about striking a balance and, put simply, the race cars which excel at high-speed circuits with sweeping bends rarely adapt to the racetracks which resemble the spaghetti junction.

With Hungary’s circuit, the Hungaroring, being narrow with very limited legitimate places to overtake it will be the cars with the best aerodynamic (downforce) capabilities that will come into play.  

Yes, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas Mercedes will still be a force to be reckoned with but Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull cars will surely show improved performance and the Ferrari’s are sure to be at home here.  While the nature of this circuit lends itself to processional racing, predicting the podium finishers is no easy task.

In fact, looking further down the pack into the mid-field teams and backmarkers seems to be the best approach to this weekend’s race.

Yes, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas Mercedes will still be a force to be reckoned with but Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull cars will surely show improved performance and the Ferrari’s are sure to be at home here.  While the nature of this circuit lends itself to processional racing, predicting the podium finishers is no easy task.

In fact, looking further down the pack into the mid-field teams and backmarkers seems to be the best approach to this weekend’s race.

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7/2 Fernando looks a good F1 bet

F1 betting odds of 7/2 (4.50) about Fernando Alonso finishing within the Top-6 may appear somewhat mean considering he has breached the Top-10 just once this season but his McLaren car will like this circuit and its limited horsepower will not handicap him too badly this weekend.

With brand new engine components within its power unit it should prove reliable too and the popular Spaniard can give a Top-6 a real go.

Ricciardo 9’s for Fastest Lap?

William Hill and Skybet are miles out with their 9/1 quote about Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull car setting the Fastest Lap of the race too.

The Australian went fastest here in 2015, that season he repeated the trick in both Monaco and Singapore.  

Last season Ricciardo claimed four ‘fastest lap’ accolades including at Singapore once again.  

In short he is a prolific fastest lap claimer especially at these high-downforce technical circuits. We have him in at 4/1 on our tissue so he has to be backed at 9’s.

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10sec+ Winning Margin bet

Lewis Hamilton scored by a big margin in Silverstone last time (14sec) and bet365’s 6/4 about a winning margin in excess of 10secs this week looks a steal.  

The average Hungarian winning margin is almost 13sec and five of the last nine races here have been won by a margin greater than 10sec.

No Safety Cars and Lots of Finishers

It is very unlikely there will be a safety car used in Sunday’s race.  While it’s a price for the brave, William Hill’s 8/13 about a no show does represent value.  

The safety car has only been needed three times in the past ten years and its overall record since this race was inaugurated (in 1986) is less than 30%. So, bet365’s even-money price about 15.5 or more finishers is also outstanding value. It’s been 11 years since less than 16 cars finished this race.

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