F1 starts up again in the next hour or so, tbh I lost all interest in it last year and didn't really watch any of it, but I'm told this season it might be better. Time will tell...
the new F1 season starts this weekend and Operations Manager - Sport Trading Bob Craddock reports from the Ladbrokes Coral pit lane to tell us where customers are putting their money.
Last season Nico Rosberg edged out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to take the Formula 1 World Championship crown, with the rest way behind. Rosberg then went on to sensationally retire from the sport, seemingly opening the door for an easy ride to this year's championship for Hamilton. However, ahead of the first race of the season in Australia on Sunday, Bob tells us this isn't necessarily what the betting suggests will happen:
"The betting suggests that this year's championship will almost certainly be a more open heat than we've been used to in recent years with three constructors looking like genuine contenders and six drivers trading at 10/1 or shorter. The early money was all for Hamilton (1/1 with Ladbrokes, 5/6 with Coral to win the Drivers' Championship) and Mercedes (2/5 with Ladbrokes, 4/11 with Coral to win the Constructors' Championship), as you might expect, but since the latest round of testing we've seen some smart money for Sebastian Vettel (7/2) and Ferrari (3/1 with Ladbrokes, 10/3 with Coral) so they're definitely worth keeping an eye on as the season gets underway."
"The British Grand Prix is comfortably the busiest race of the year for us with over twice as many customers placing bets on that race than any other, barring Monaco which runs it fairly close," said Bob.
"There looks to be some each-way value on Max Verstappen (7/1 with Ladbrokes, 15/2 with Coral) for the Drivers' Championship. The car will be good over the course of a full season and race wins should be spread around more evenly than in previous years. He may start slowly but will be thereabouts come November. My pick for the Aussie GP is Sebastian Vettel (3/1with Ladbrokes, 11/4 with Coral). Lewis Hamilton (5/4 with Ladbrokes, 11/10 with Coral) called Ferrari favourites earlier this week and while this may be mind-games, the bigger price on Vettel is the one to go for."
Edited by thefootygaffa, 23 March 2017 - 11:27 PM.