The Formula 1 campaign is well underway and now heads to China for the third instalment.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has got the season off to a flyer, winning the opening two rounds in Australia and Bahrain to leave current World Champion Lewis Hamilton playing catch up already at this early stage in his bid to win the title for a fifth time.
Here our F1 expert gives you the lowdown on the best bets on grosvenorsport.com for this weekend’s race in Shanghai.
Hamilton already under pressure
This weekend is already make or break for reigning champion Lewis Hamilton as he trails Sebastian Vettel by 17 points following second and third place finishes respectively in Australia and Bahrain.
Hamilton has accumulated 33 points to date, which is the same amount of points he had accrued after two races in 2016, where he went on to finish second to then team-mate Nico Rosberg.
The current world champion does have plenty of previous form at this track having won the race a record five times going into this weekend, which makes him a 3/5 shot to take the chequered flag and his 64th victory since making his F1 debut 11 years ago.
Mercedes shine in China
That record also coincides with Mercedes having picked up four victories on the spin in China, which sees them head the market for the team to have the winning driver at 3/5, though if you fancy Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas, he is 8/1 to take the victory.
Ferrari last won the race back in 2013 with Fernando Alonso in the hot seat, but with Vettel going into the weekend full of confidence he is still an interesting 3/1 shot to get the better of Hamilton for the third race in succession and that is what I would plump for ahead of the race.
Daniel Ricciardo has been the nearly man in Shanghai for the last two years, finishing in fourth spot, and he can be backed at 14/1 to come out on top. However, the more likely option is for the Australian to make the podium, at 7/4 – something I suggest backing this weekend.
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