Vettel Outraces Hamilton in Australian GP 2018
March 28, 2018
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel wins Australian GP 2018 after an intense battle with his archrival, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, thanks to the appearance of the safety car.
Winners of the first part of the Formula 1 season are often hard to predict by sportsbooks. Every sports betting site had Hamilton as their favored racer to win the first Grand Prix of the year. These sites could not also have predicted Kimi Raikkonen taking the third place in the last race.
Safety Car Leapfrog to Victory
Hamilton was the clear favorite for the Australian Grand Prix 2018 with 2.00 odds to win given by Bet365 and NetBet. Vettel followed closely with 4.33 and 4.25 odds from Bet365 and NetBet, respectively.
For the first half of the race, Hamilton was the pack leader because of the pole position he won in the qualifiers. The tables were turned for the British driver in the middle of the race when Romain Grosjean’s Haas’ wheels came off which signaled the safety car.
Before the incident with Haas’ car, Ferrari made the gamble to keep Vettel on the road while Hamilton took his car to the pit stops. Ferrari’s bet paid off when the virtual safety car came out in the middle of the race. The safety car forced Hamilton and other races to drive at a slow crawl for a short period. Meanwhile, Vettel took advantage of the situation to send his car to the pits. This gave the German Ferrari race driver a 10-second advantage over Hamilton when he exited the pits.
Another reason for Vettel’s win was a problem with Hamilton’s car. The Briton’s Mercedes locked its wheels on Turn Nine. This ruined a good opportunity for Hamilton to overtake Vettel during the race.
“Everyone in the team is feeling it but there is so much positivity to take forward with us. We still got second. It feels like a dark cloud but it’s not. It is still a positive result. We have a great car, we are still the world champions and with a couple of adjustments we can win the next race.”
Kimi Raikkonen Upset Podium Win
It is important to note that sportsbooks predicted that either Max Verstappen or Valtteri Bottas could take first place in Australia or would reach the podium. Bet365 and NetBet set Verstappen with 7.00 odds to win the race. Meanwhile, NetBet gave Bottas 7.75 odds to win and Bet365 put him at 8.00 odds. Kimi Raikkonen defied the odds of 26.00 by taking third place in Australia.
The podium was all about Ferrari with Vettel and Raikkonen standing proud. Raikkonen kept the gap between him and Hamilton tight when Vettel took the lead in the race.
Meanwhile, luck was not at Verstappen’s side when his car spun out of control on the 10th lap. This gave Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso a chance to overtake him and leaving him in sixth place. It was also a bitter blow for Bottas when he received a grid penalty after crashing his car during the qualifiers.
The unpredictable nature of the early Grand Prix of the season may continue on to the next race. Will the Bahrain Grand Prix podium see Hamilton or Vettel again? Or will the podium see the likes of Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, or other racers with double-digit odds?