Venue: Marina Bay
Sebastian Vettel slipped three points behind Lewis Hamilton in Italy but is fancied to storm straight back to the top of the Formula 1 drivers’ championship in our Singapore Grand Prix betting tips.
The German has an excellent record at Marina Bay, passing the chequered flag first here four times in the last six renewals.
With the slow, twisty nature of this street circuit expected to play into Ferrari’s hands, 3/2 for Vettel to emerge victorious once more is good enough for us.
Vettel has prevailed at low-speed tracks in Australia, Bahrain, Monaco and Hungary this term, so the stage is set for him to boost his title hopes in the first of three straight races in Asia.
“Leading the championship is not important as much as winning the championship, it’s where you are at the last race that counts,” insisted the 30-year-old four-time table topper.
“It is clear where we want to go, what we want to achieve. The next tracks should be okay for us. We know we have to work on ourselves and where.”
How the Italian Grand Prix finished:
1 Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 Bottas (Mercedes), 3 Vettel (Ferrari), 4 Ricciardo (Red Bull), 5 Raikkonen (Ferrari), 6 Ocon (Force India), 7 Stroll (Williams), 8 Massa (Williams), 9 Perez (Force India), 10 Verstappen (Red Bull), 11 Magnussen (Haas), 12 Kvyat (Toro Rosso), 13 Hulkenberg (Renault), 14 Sainz (Toro Rosso), 15 Grosjean (Haas), 16 Wehrlein (Sauber), DNF Alonso (McLaren), Ericsson (Sauber), Vandoorne (McLaren), Palmer (Renault)
Hamilton is sure to have his supporters at 7/4 after making it three wins in four races in such a dominant manner at Monza.
However, the Briton has struggled at this floodlit venue in the last couple of years.
He failed to make it to the chequered flag in 2015 before losing the title lead to Nico Rosberg last year after finishing third to his former Mercedes team-mate.
Valtteri Bottas helped to give Mercedes a one-two in Italy but team principal Toto Wolff is ready for a much sterner test in the next event.
He said: “We have made the most of our opportunity and it was important to do so because we know Singapore will be more like a case of damage limitation for us.”
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo could prove better value to challenge Vettel at tempting odds of 7/1 after a fine fourth in Italy, when hampered by a grid penalty.
The Australian qualified as third fastest and then roared from 16th to fourth in the race at the Temple of Speed.
Ricciardo won the fans’ award for Driver of the Day after soaring past Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in the closing stages and finished only four seconds adrift of Vettel.
Having secured a place on the podium here for the past three years, Ricciardo may be primed for another big showing.
Past Singapore Grand Prix results:
2016 Rosberg (Mercedes), Ricciardo (Red Bull), Hamilton (Mercedes)
2015 Vettel (Ferrari), Ricciardo (Red Bull), Raikkonen (Ferrari)
2014 Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel (Red Bull), Ricciardo (Red Bull)
2013 Vettel (Red Bull), Alonso (Ferrari), Raikkonen (Lotus)
2012 Vettel (Red Bull), Button (McLaren), Alonso (Ferrari)
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