China’s F1 circuit may not be to everyone’s liking, most tracks designed by Herman Tilke are actually not. But, as we saw in Bahrain, the one thing his tracks normally provide is incident free racing.
There has now only been two Safety Car inducing incidents in Bahrain, another Tilke track, while this weekend’s circuit, China, has only needed three Safety Cars since the venue opened for Formula 1 racing in 2004. In fact, it has been called into action twice in the past decade.
Given the simple facts, it’s hard to understand how Skybet are offering 5/6 about a ‘NO Safety Car’ scenario but ours is not to question their odds compiler’s wisdom, only hope the price holds up for a few more days yet!
Lewis Outstanding Stats
Stats also point you directly to Lewis Hamilton in the ‘Fastest Qualifier’ market. The English driver may be on a five race losing streak – collecting four seconds and a third – but his speed remains intact as underlined by claiming both pole positions of 2016.
The Mercedes driver has also qualified on pole position in China five times including all of the last three years. He’s also won this race four times with a further three podium finishes from his nine starts here.
The history books show Lewis Hamilton’s margin of victory here last year was just 0.7sec but that was a consequence of the race finishing behind a Safety Car. Generally this race is won by a wide-margin: 18.7sec in 2014, 10.1sec in 2013 and 20.6sec in 2012.
That gives a very firm pointer as to what we can expect on Sunday, as does the 2016 winning margins of 8.0sec (in Australia) and 10.2sec (Bahrain).
We suggest Paddy Power, with odds of 4/6 on offer about a winning margin in excess of 5.5sec, looks the spot to shop. The more adventurous may want to go to bet365 where a margin of 10sec or more can be backed at 2/1.