Odds for Last Malaysian Grand Prix 2017 Favor Hamilton
September 29, 2017
Malaysian Grand Prix 2017 will be the last time Formula 1 will run the Sepang Circuit. The Sepang Circuit is known for its mixture of straights and high/low-speed corners.
Bitcoin sportsbook platforms give Lewis Hamilton the best odds for Malaysia because of his victory in Singapore. If it were not for the crash in the last Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel might have been the top favored racer for the next race.
Malaysia Grand Prix odds
What makes these odds interesting is how Vettel should have been the top favored racer in the next Circuit instead of Hamilton. Vettel won four titles in the Sepang Circuit and he even holds the best track record. In comparison to his rival, Hamilton only won one title in Malaysia.
Bookmakers might simply have based their odds on the last race when Vettel ran into trouble almost immediately when the race began. Vettel was leading the line in the pole position. Verstappen slowly followed with Raikkonen following suit. This has the two Ferrari putting the Red Bull car in a sandwiched position which led to the three’s collision.
Raikkonen and Verstappen slid off to the corner while accidentally taking out Fernando Alonso. Vettel’s Ferrari took a devastating spin which ripped its nose and led to an early retirement in the first lap.
With Vettel out of the picture, Hamilton led the race with Ricciardo following in second as the race resumed in the fifth lap. There was a wide gap between Hamilton and Ricciardo throughout the race until the 11th lap when Kvyat crashed into the wall. Even with another gap between the two top racers, another crash occurred during the 37th lap where Ericsson crashed againt the Anderson Bridge.
Ricciardo and Hamilton were challenging each other for the fastest lap record. However, Ricciardo could not close the gap between them as Hamilton was still in the lead by 4.5 seconds as he finished the last lap.
Bookmakers are expecting Hamilton to deliver the same performance in the next Grand Prix. For Vettel bettors, his price for Malaysia is a good value considering his past record on the track.
Sepang Circuit features
The Sepang Circuit was the first track built by Hermann Tilke who is known to make underwhelming tracks. The exception was the Malaysian Circuit.
The track has a mixture of tight corners and long straights. These present racers with many overtaking opportunities.
With the Malaysian government pulling its funding for Formula 1 events, the next Grand Prix is the last time the racers will drive in the Sepang Circuit. It will be exciting see who will take the title of the last Malaysian Grand Prix.