Japanese Grand Prix 2014 Betting Preview & Tips

The race for this season’s Formula One title looks set to go down to the wire, with team mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg separated by just a few points.  Germany’s Nico Rosberg has been sitting at the head of the F1 standings for quite some time now, but Hamilton managed to wrestle the top spot away from his bitter rival thanks to his victory at the Singapore Grand Prix earlier this month.  That made it back to back Formula One wins for Lewis as he was also successful at Monza, and he now really has the momentum as we head into the final five races of the campaign.

Japanese Grand Prix 2014 Betting Preview

Now odds-on to win this year’s Drivers Championship, Lewis Hamilton is available at a best price of 8/15 with Ladbrokes to capture what would be his second Championship following his title win back in 2008.  Some would say that the 29 year old is long overdue a second Formula One Championship win and Hamilton’s destiny is now very much in his own hands, as he now only needs to maintain his current position to give Mercedes their third Drivers’ World Championship, and first since the 1950s.

Japanese GP Race Winner Betting

Punters who are looking to back Lewis Hamilton to win at Suzuka can find the Englishman on offer at odds of 8/11 with William Hill, while Nico Rosberg is available at a stand out price of 9/4 with the same firm.  Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo is a 10/1 shot to win his fourth Grand Prix of the season and put himself right back in the title picture.  If that does turn out to be the case, the 50/1 that bet365 are offering about the Australian winning the Championship could well be worth a small investment.

Ricciardo has very much eclipsed his team mate and multiple World Champion Sebastian Vettel this year and could well now be considered Red Bull’s number one driver.  Reliability issues have plagued Vettel’s season and the team have been unable to get the German’s car quite right. He is contracted to Red Bull until the end of the 2015 campaign, but I can’t imagine that Sebastian Vettel is very happy about playing second fiddle to a driver who is relatively inexperienced at the top end of the game.

Race Winner without Mercedes

There are a whole host of markets available for the upcoming Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, and one of the most interesting for me is Ladbrokes’ idea of betting without the Mercedes drivers.  When you consider just how dominant Rosberg and Hamilton have been during the 2014 F1 season, there is definitely a call for more betting opportunities that will bring the other drivers into play.

Daniel Riccardo is the only other man to have won a Grand Prix during the current campaign and he has been put in as the 7/4 favourite with Ladbrokes in the W/O Mercedes market.  I’m personally keen on the chances of reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel, who has been quoted in the press this week as saying his car is now on a similar level to that of his team mate’s.  Having won the last four Drivers’ Championships in succession, Vettel is certainly not going to be happy ending the 2014 season without a Grand Prix victory to his name and I can see him being competitive in Japan as long as his car holds up.  The 5/2 on offer looks a value play to me.

I’m also going to recommend an investment on Nico Rosberg to land the Pole Position at a generous looking 15/8 with William Hill.  This is basically a coin toss between the two Mercedes drivers and I don’t believe that Hamilton should be quite so short in that particular market.

Japanese GP Betting Tips

Back Sebastian Vettel W/O Mercedes with Ladbrokes at 5/2

Back Nico Rosberg for Pole Position with William Hill at 15/8