Formula 1 drivers head to Sao Paolo on November 9 to 11 for the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. Here are some odds offered by online sportsbooks.
The World Champion might have been crowned last week, but the racing fever continues in Sao Paolo as drivers and mechanics head to the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace this weekend for the 2018 Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix.
With two more races to go, Mercedes-AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton secured his fifth Drivers’ Championship. However, that would not stop other competitors from racing as a number of constructors could still improve their places in the Constructor’s Championship and secure higher prize money.
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At the same time, sports bettors can earn a fortune in placing wagers on different odds placed by bookies for the upcoming race. Here are some 2018 Brazilian GP odds offered by reputable online sportsbooks as of November 8.
Odds favored four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel to top the qualifying section. However, the numbers were surprising if looking at the historical context as the Scuderia Ferrari driver only started on pole position twice since his first F1 race at Interlagos in 2008. And on both occasions, the German was driving his championship-winning Red Bull machines.
On the other hand, the specs of his Ferrari might be the reason why online sportsbooks gave him the shortest odds.
Vettel finishing pole is priced at 11/10 at bet365. Just behind him at second was Hamilton at 6/5. Meanwhile, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas followed next at 15/2, then Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen at 12/1, with the Red Bull Racing duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo behind at both 16/1.
It might as well be the mechanical superiority of the Ferraris on this track as bookies still favored Vettel to record the fastest lap in the race. Keep in mind that Vettel has never posted the fastest lap in any of his previous 10 races at Interlagos.
Last year’s, it was Verstappen who logged the fastest lap time in the race. His numbers became the quickest time any F1 car has managed in Interlagos. Given the struggles Red Bull has faced throughout the season, it was not surprising that Verstappen was not a favorite to record this year’s fastest lap time.
Betway had Vettel winning the fastest lap of the race at 5/2 and Hamilton at 11/4. Meanwhile, Ricciardo came third with 4/1, and Bottas ranked as the fourth favorite with 5/1.
This is the section where the odds aligned with previous race records. Bookmakers put Vettel, once again, as the favorite to claim the checkered flag most likely because he won the Brazilian GP last year. In addition, among the active F1 drivers, Vettel has the highest wins in this Grand Prix with three. No other driver has won more than one, not even Hamilton.
The odds for Vettel to win the 2018 Brazilian GP were at 7/4 on William Hill, with Hamilton only second at 2/1, followed by Bottas at 6/1 and Raikkonen at 7/1.