Lewis Hamilton strengthened his lead at the top of the Formula 1 standings with a victory last time out in Italy, and he will be looking to take another step towards his fifth World title with this weekend’s street race in Singapore.
The Briton’s lead over nearest challenger Sebastian Vettel is 30 points going into the race at the Marina Bay street circuit, but this Grand Prix represents one of the toughest tests of season on both man and machine.
Our Formula One expert runs you through a pick of the best bets ahead of the action this weekend.
Vettel has it all to do
It’s not quite win-or-bust time for the German, but if he doesn’t start closing the gap on the Hamilton then the Drivers’ Championship could be over sooner rather than later.
His fourth-place finish at Monza last time out leaves him with more work to do, though he can take encouragement from previous outings around the streets of Singapore.
He has the most wins of any driver at this Grand Prix and has won with both Ferrari and Red Bull, so he definitely knows the quickest way around, though his most recent win was back in 2015.
Vettel is priced at 5/4 to take the chequered flag with Grosvenorsport.com (link)
Ricciardo always there or thereabouts in Singapore
Daniel Ricciardo leaves Red Bull Racing in the summer to make the move to Renault which is a very bold move by the Aussie.
He will want to end his time with the team on a high though and has since his debut at the street circuit in 2011, had somewhat of an affinity with it.
Even though he has never finished on top of the podium in Singapore he has finished runner-up in the past four runnings of the race.
His price of 7/10 for a podium spot is too short for me, but if he is to match that achievement for a fifth year in succession he is available at a more attractive 7/5 and I believe he is more than capable of delivering that result.
Raikkonen to upset the odds
Scuderia Ferrari announced that Kimi Raikkonen will not be retained for next season and have replaced him with the upcoming Charles Leclerc for the 2019 season.
There were very few seats left available for the 38-year-old Finn next season, but it’s been announced he has joined Sauber for the new season.
Over the remaining races in the calendar he will be keen to prove what Ferrari are missing out on, and he could quite easily come out on top and with odds of 8/1 I will be backing Raikkonen to take the win on Sunday.
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