Australia raised the curtain on what is shaping up to be a very eventful and exciting season, but now we head to the sweltering heat of Malaysia. Are things now easier to predict with a race worth of knowledge behind us?
The short answer is no. Not really.
As with in the preview for Australia, I am going to predict that a Mercedes will win the race. This time, however, I am going to back the current championship leader, Nico Rosberg.
Last year the big talking point was the Multi 21 drama and this slightly masked the fact that Rosberg had been told to hold position behind Hamilton. Hamilton had been suffering badly with tyre wear and I think that he may have a repeat of this issue. Rosberg undoubtably has a smoother style than the overly-aggressive Briton and I think that it will reward the German on this occasion.
Williams stunned a lot of people within the paddock in Melbourne. Frequently they give it full beans in pre season testing to attract a sponsor. It seems that this season though, they have been honest and have genuinely have pace. We didn’t get a chance to see what Massa could do in the FW36 but, in. Bottas’s hands at least, the car gobbled up the opposition with little effort.
Due to this I would tip the Finn for a maiden podium finish. If you do this though, I would advise putting him as an each way winner. This pays out a better price for a podium finish than a straight podium bet.
Lotus. What can we expect from them do we think? Already they have suffered multiple failures this weekend so I am going to predict that this team will be the first to retire a car from the race.
Rosberg to win – 21/10
Lotus (first car to retire from race) – 10/3
Mercedes double podium – 6/5
Worth a punt
Bottas to win (Each Way) – 20/1 (a podium finish pays a fifth of the odds)
No cars to retire on the first lap – 4/6
Over 14.5 finishers – 5/6
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