Ranking the Top 10 Possible Race Winners at the Singapore GP According to Odds

Fraser Masefield@@fmasefieldContributor ISeptember 17, 2013

Ranking the Top 10 Possible Race Winners at the Singapore GP According to Odds

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    Putting your money on Sebastian Vettel to win a race these days is something of a surefire bet. It’s almost as safe as backing Rafael Nadal to beat Dan Evans.

    But the odds do tend to reflect that and they got it spot on again in Italy when we reviewed those odds.

    Getting any return for your money on the front runners means putting down a healthy wad so this week we’re not only checking those odds but giving some risk / reward advice.

    Here are the Singapore Grand Prix odds from reverse order as quoted by easyodds.com.

    *Odds are subject to change and are correct at the time of writing.

10. Sergio Perez

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    No change from last time out here. Most bookies, including William Hill, BETFRED and totesport have him at a reasonable 150/1 with bet365 offering a generous 200/1.

    Last time out: Perez finished 12th in Italy after qualifying eighth so the odds reflect a real long shot. A better bet is 40/1 for the fastest lap or 2/7 for a points finish as quoted on bet365.

    He says: "I've finished in the points in my two previous visits to Singapore, so, after the disappointment of just failing to get home in the top 10 at Monza, a points finish next weekend will clearly be my aim.”

9. Jenson Button

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    As with Italy, Button is ninth favourite to win the race according to the bookies odds. They universally have him at 66/1 with the only exception being 888sport who place him at 74/1 if you fancy a sentimental flutter!

    Last time out: Button qualified ninth and finished 10th but you can get him at 28/1 for the fastest lap through bet365 and 4/9 for a points finish.

    He says: "I enjoy racing around the Marina Bay circuit. Although I've finished second there for the past two years, this year it'll be interesting to see how our car behaves on a bumpy, high-downforce circuit."

8. Romain Grosjean

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    Grosjean has dropped down the bookies list for Singapore and the general consensus is 40/1 although bet365 are offering slightly better odds at 50/1.

    Last time out: Grosjean qualified poorly for him back in 13th before finishing eighth. Bet365 have him at 9/1 for a podium finish which could be worth a couple of bob given the nature of the Singapore circuit.

    And for those who think Grosjean will return to his good old ways of crashing on the opening lap, CORAL have him a tempting 20/1 for the first retirement.

    He says: “It's a very high downforce track and that seems to suit us best as we saw in Budapest. In terms of the tyres I think we should be looking good too. Certainly, we should be able to perform stronger than at the last two races which haven't always suited our car.”

7. Felipe Massa

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    Wouldn’t it be a fairy-tale story for Felipe Massa to prove all the doubters wrong and win the Singapore Grand Prix only days after being sacked by Ferrari?

    Unfortunately it’s highly unlikely and the odds naturally reflect that with Massa 33/1 with most bookies with the exception of William Hill, bet365 and StanJames who have him a generous 40/1.

    Last time out: Massa qualified fourth and finished fourth so a good flutter would be on him to grab a podium. William Hill, bet365 and StanJames are offering odds of 8/1 on this and I am tempted!

6. Nico Rosberg

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    We’re getting to the business end of things now when realistic bets on wins and podiums are laid down.

    Rosberg is 14/1 across the board to win with the only exceptions bet365, skyBET and sportingbet who have him at 16/1.

    Last time out: Rosberg qualified sixth and finished sixth and although podiums have eluded him for a while, a good bet could be for fastest lap with bet365 giving odds of 8/1.

    He says: “The chicane has been removed for this year which I'm pleased about, and the track should suit our car so I hope we can have a good weekend there. My best finish in Singapore to date has been second place back in 2008 and, of course, I would love to improve on that!”

5. Kimi Raikkonen

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    The re-hired Ferrari boy says he still has something to fight for at Lotus and will be trying his hardest for victory according to ESPNF1.

    Bookies are split between 11/1 and 10/1 with skyBET the only to offer 12/1 for the race win. It seems generous.

    Last time out: Raikkonen qualified 11th and finished 11th but Singapore should be a circuit that suit his Lotus better. Bet365 and StanJames have him at 11/8 for a podium.

    He says: "I have some unfinished business after my three Grands Prix there so far, as I enjoy the circuit but have not yet had a podium. That doesn't mean I'm not quick there as I've been told I still hold the lap record from 2008."

4. Mark Webber

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    The Italian Grand Prix marked a welcome return to the podium for Webber but most bookies still see him as a longshot for the race win at 10/1.

    William Hill places him at 11/1 which does seem worth a punt considering he is driving the quickest car on the grid. And he only has a handful of races left to add to his tally of F1 wins before leaving the sport.

    Last time out: Webber qualified on the front row before finishing third and bet365 have him at 5/4 to make the podium again with William Hill and StanJames 13/8 and 6/4 respectively.

3. Fernando Alonso

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    Alonso is still fighting tooth and nail for the title and refusing to give up just yet. As such, it’s a little surprising to see him below Lewis Hamilton in the bookies expectations for victory. The bookies seem split between 7/2 and 4/1 on his chances with William Hill offering 10/3.

    Last time out: Alonso qualified fifth but once again showed strong race pace to finish second behind Sebastian Vettel. Bet365 have him 4/6 for another podium with William Hill and StanJames at 8/13.

2. Lewis Hamilton

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    Hamilton labelled his Italian Grand Prix “a disaster of a weekend” on BBC Sport after he finished a lowly ninth.

    Yet the bookies are confident he can return to winning ways in Singapore and think the nature of the circuit combined with Hamilton’s resilience and determination to put things right. Hence he is 7/2 across the board with the exception of skyBET, BETFRED and totesport who are offering 4/1.

    Last time out: Hamilton endured a qualifying nightmare before finishing ninth but this could well be his only blip. He has been a qualifying master this season and he is second favourite here too. Bet365 and StanJames have him 6/4 for pole with William Hill at 13/8.

    He says: "We've had a tough couple of weekends in Belgium and Italy but I know that everyone at the team is determined to bounce back from here and make the most of the opportunities over the last seven races of the season."

1. Sebastian Vettel

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    No surprise here that the bookies are united in thinking the runaway championship leader will also win in Singapore. The markets are a little split on this one, split between 5/4, 11/8 and 13/10.

    He’s still short odds whatever way you look at things and he is also 6/4 to grab pole position.

    Last time out: Vettel qualified on pole before romping to a dominant victory. He is 15/8 to set the fastest lap so there still seems surprisingly little value there.

    Tip: Why not instead go for a left-field bet such as there not being a safety car situation? Bet365 quote 11/4 on this one.