The 2017 Formula 1 season gets underway with the Australian Grand Prix on March 27 and this is Bettingpro.com’s complete guide to the race in Melbourne. Read on for our all of our free predictions and betting tips.
The Australian Grand Prix has become the traditional curtain-raiser on the Formula 1 calendar, with the quest for F1 glory getting underway at the famous Albert Park Lake street circuit in Melbourne. The winner of this race in each of the last two seasons – Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg – have gone on to win the Drivers’ Championship and that will not have gone unnoticed by the other drivers.
There will be no Rosberg in 2017 following his shock retirement at the end of his championship-winning 2016 campaign, and of the active drivers it is Kimi Raikkonen who has been the most successful with wins in 2007 and 2013. So who will be victorious this time around? Bettingpro.com will have all the betting odds and tips you need for the first race of the 2017 season.
Australian Grand Prix 2017 Predictions
Australian Grand Prix 2017 Odds
The leading bookmakers continue to offer a whole host of betting markets for each Formula 1 race and that means you will have plenty of options to bet on 2017 Australian Grand Prix – which runs from Friday, March 24 to Sunday, March 26.
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|Carlos Sainz Jr||500/1||100/1||2/1||2/5||150/1||-|
Australian Grand Prix 2017 Betting Tips Explained
Mercedes dominated the 2016 season, winning 19 of the 21 races as Nico Rosberg pipped team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the Drivers’ Championship and the team ran away with the Constructors’ Championship. So will it be more of the same in 2017?
As expected, Mercedes were one of the pace-setters in the Barcelona practice sessions earlier this month, but Ferrari staked their claim to be serious competition for the ‘Silver Arrows’ as Sebastian Vettel set the standard with a benchmark time at Catalunya in his new Ferrari SF70H. Afterwards the four-time champion insisted Mercedes were still the clear favourites for the 2017 drivers’ and team crowns, but Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claims the Scuderia were holding back in Barcelona.
“I think Ferrari are bluffing and that they are a lot quicker than they are showing,” Hamilton told reporters. “They're very close to us. It's difficult right now to say exactly who is quicker, but they are very close, if not faster. Whatever the case, I can't wait to go out and compete.”
While that may be the case, this could also be a similar scenario to a year ago when Ferrari were quick in pre-season testing but went on to underwhelm throughout the 2016 season.
What we do know are Mercedes will be the team to beat once again this season and Melbourne has been a happy hunting ground for them in recent seasons. A Mercedes driver has won the Australian Grand Prix in each of the past three seasons and until another team/driver shows me their capabilities when it really matters, I am sticking with the ‘Silver Arrows’ and on this occasion I am backing Lewis Hamilton to make a winning start in his quest to regain the Driver’s Championship.
And while I am predicting success for Hamilton ‘Down Under’, I am expecting it to be a disappointing weekend for another former world champion, Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard endured a dismal pre-season in a Honda car that lacks reliability and pace and he has already conceded the team will “face a difficult weekend in Melbourne”. Just finishing the race would probably be a positive outcome for Alonso, but there is a good chance the two-time world champion will not go the distance in Australia.
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Australian Grand Prix Circuit
The Melbourne Grand Prix circuit has been hosting the Australian Grand Prix since 1996. A street circuit that surrounds Albert Park Lake, one lap is just over three miles long and it is considered one of the least-challenging circuits on the calendar due to is fast and undemanding corners. However, there are also very few straights on this track so chances to overtake are limited.
It has been a popular track for drivers from the United Kingdom and Germany since returning to the F1 schedule. A British driver has taken the chequered flag on nine occasions, with a German driver winning seven times, and the most successful driver in the circuit’s history is Michael Schumacher who has won the race four times. In terms of active drivers, Lewis Hamilton is the number one driver with two wins.
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Number Of Laps: 58
Lap Length: 3.296 miles
Lap Record: Michael Schumacher, 1 minute 24.125 seconds (2004).
Australian Grand Prix Previous Winners
Nico Rosberg celebrates after winning the 2016 Australian Grand Prix. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Michael Schumacher celebrates after winning the 2004 Australian Grand Prix. The German is the most successful driver since F1 returned to the circuit, having won their four times. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
|1928||Arthur Waite||Austin||Phillip Island|
|1929||Arthur Terdich||Bugatti||Phillip Island|
|1930||Bill Thompson||Bugatti||Phillip Island|
|1931||Carl Junker||Bugatti||Phillip Island|
|1932||Bill Thompson||Bugatti||Phillip Island|
|1933||Bill Thompson||Riley||Phillip Island|
|1934||Bob Lea-Wright||Singer||Phillip Island|
|1935||Les Murphy||MG||Phillip Island|
|1937||Les Murphy||MG||Victor Harbor|
|1948||Frank Pratt||BMW||Point Cook|
|1953||Doug Whiteford||Talbot-Lago||Albert Park|
|1955||Jack Brabham||Cooper-Bristol||Port Wakefield|
|1956||Stirling Moss||Maserati||Albert Park|
|1957||Lex Davison/Bill Patterson||Ferrari||Caversham|
|1963||Jack Brabham||Brabham-Climax||Warwick Farm|
|1967||Jackie Stewart||BRM||Warwick Farm|
|1970||Frank Matich||McLaren-Repco/Holden||Warwick Farm|
|1971||Frank Matich||Matich-Repco/Holden||Warwick Farm|
|1974||Max Stewart||Lola-Chevrolet||Oran Park|
|1975||Max Stewart||Lola-Chevrolet||Surfers Paradise|
|1977||Warwick Brown||Lola-Chevrolet||Oran Park|
|1997||David Coulthard||McLaren-Mercedes||Albert Park|
|1998||Mika Hakkinen||McLaren-Mercedes||Albert Park|
|1999||Eddie Irvine||Ferrari||Albert Park|
|2000||Michael Schumacher||Ferrari||Albert Park|
|2001||Michael Schumacher||Ferrari||Albert Park|
|2002||Michael Schumacher||Ferrari||Albert Park|
|2003||David Coulthard||McLaren-Mercedes||Albert Park|
|2004||Michael Schumacher||Ferrari||Albert Park|
|2005||Giancarlo Fisichella||Renault||Albert Park|
|2006||Fernando Alonso||Renault||Albert Park|
|2007||Kimi Raikkonen||Ferrari||Albert Park|
|2008||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren-Mercedes||Albert Park|
|2009||Jenson Button||Brawn-Mercedes||Albert Park|
|2010||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||Albert Park|
|2011||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||Albert Park|
|2012||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||Albert Park|
|2013||Kimi Raikkonen||Lotus-Renault||Albert Park|
|2014||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||Albert Park|
|2015||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||Albert Park|
|2016||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||Albert Park|