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Australian Grand Prix predictions, betting tips & odds: Betting odds & tips you need for the 2017 F1 season opener

Leigh Copson 25 Mar 2017
  • 2017 Formula 1 season gets underway in Melbourne
  • Former world champion Lewis Hamilton favourite for Australian Grand Prix
  • Ferrari & Red Bull looking to end Mercedes' dominance this season
An aerial view of the Australian Grand Prix Circuit around Albert Park Lake (credit: PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Bookmaker bet365 will be among the firms offering Australian Grand Prix betting odds markets such as Race Winner, Pole Position, Fastest Lap and Top 3 Finish, and we have a full rundown of the key Australian Grand Prix betting odds markets right here…

Australian Grand Prix Odds

DRIVERWINNERTOP 3 FINISHTOP 6 FINISHPOINTS FINISHFASTEST LAPPOLE POSITION
Lewis Hamilton1/31/81/91/105/4-
Sebastian Vettel10/31/51/81/109/4-
Valtteri Bottas10/12/71/51/97/2-
Kimi Raikkonen16/16/51/41/78/1-
Daniel Ricciardo100/111/28/111/58/1-
Max Verstappen25/111/41/31/616/1-
Felipe Massa250/125/1EVS1/350/1-
Fernando Alonso2000/1200/116/12/1250/1-
Lance Stroll3000/11000/120/15/2250/1-
Sergio Perez1000/1150/14/18/13150/1-
Nico Hulkenberg1000/1150/14/18/13150/1-
Carlos Sainz Jr500/1100/12/12/5150/1-
Daniil Kvyat1000/1150/15/14/5200/1-
Kevin Magnussen3000/1500/125/13/1500/1-
Stoffel Vandoorne3000/1500/125/16/1500/1-
Esteban Ocon3000/1500/120/19/4500/1-
Joylon Palmer3000/11000/150/13/1500/1-
Romain Grosjean200/125/110/111/3100/1-
Marcus Ericsson3000/11000/150/114/11000/1-
Pascal Wehrlein3000/11000/150/116/11500/1-

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.

Australian Grand Prix 2017 Predictions


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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)


Australian Grand Prix winners

YEARDRIVERTEAMCIRCUIT
1928Arthur WaiteAustinPhillip Island
1929Arthur TerdichBugattiPhillip Island
1930Bill ThompsonBugattiPhillip Island
1931Carl JunkerBugattiPhillip Island
1932Bill ThompsonBugattiPhillip Island
1933Bill ThompsonRileyPhillip Island
1934Bob Lea-WrightSingerPhillip Island
1935Les MurphyMGPhillip Island
1937Les MurphyMGVictor Harbor
1938Peter WhiteheadERABathurst
1939Alan TomlinsonMGLobethal
1947Bill MurrayMGBathurst
1948Frank PrattBMWPoint Cook
1949John CrouchDelahayeLeyburn
1950Doug WhitefordFordNuriootpa
1951Warwick PratleyGRS-FordNarrogin
1952Doug WhitefordTalbot-LagoBathurst
1953Doug WhitefordTalbot-LagoAlbert Park
1954Lex DavisonHWM-JaguarSouthport
1955Jack BrabhamCooper-BristolPort Wakefield
1956Stirling MossMaseratiAlbert Park
1957Lex Davison/Bill PattersonFerrariCaversham
1958Lex DavisonFerrariBathurst
1959Stan JonesMaseratiLongford
1960Alex MildrenCooper-MaseratiLowood
1961Lex DavisonCooper-ClimaxMallala
1962Bruce McLarenCooper-ClimaxCaversham
1963Jack BrabhamBrabham-ClimaxWarwick Farm
1964Jack BrabhamBrabham-ClimaxSandown
1965Bruce McLarenCooper-ClimaxLongford
1966Graham HillBRMLakeside
1967Jackie StewartBRMWarwick Farm
1968Jim ClarkLotus-CosworthSandown
1969Chris AmonFerrariLakeside
1970Frank MatichMcLaren-Repco/HoldenWarwick Farm
1971Frank MatichMatich-Repco/HoldenWarwick Farm
1972Graham McRaeLeda-ChevroletSandown
1973Graham McRaeMcRae-ChevroletSandown
1974Max StewartLola-ChevroletOran Park
1975Max StewartLola-ChevroletSurfers Paradise
1976John GossMatch-Repco/HoldenSandown
1977Warwick BrownLola-ChevroletOran Park
1978Graham McRaeMcRae-ChevroletSandown
1979Johnnie WalkerLola-ChevroletWanneroo
1980Alan JonesWilliams-CosworthCalder
1981Roberto MorenoRalt-FordCalder
1982Alain ProstRalt-FordCalder
1983Roberto MorenoRalt-FordCalder
1984Roberto MorenoRalt-FordCalder
1985Keke RosbergWilliams-HondaAdelaide
1986Alain ProstMcLaren-TAGAdelaide
1987Gerhard BergerFerrariAdelaide
1988Alain ProstMcLaren-HondaAdelaide
1989Thierry BoutsenWilliams-HondaAdelaide
1990Nelson PiquetBennetton-FordAdelaide
1991Ayrton SennaMcLaren-HondaAdelaide
1992Gerhard BergerMcLaren-HondaAdelaide
1993Ayrton SennaMcLaren-FordAdelaide
1994Nigel MansellWilliams-RenaultAdelaide
1995Damon HillWilliams-RenaultAdelaide
1996Damon HillWilliams-RenaultAdelaide
1997David CoulthardMcLaren-MercedesAlbert Park
1998Mika HakkinenMcLaren-MercedesAlbert Park
1999Eddie IrvineFerrariAlbert Park
2000Michael SchumacherFerrariAlbert Park
2001Michael SchumacherFerrariAlbert Park
2002Michael SchumacherFerrariAlbert Park
2003David CoulthardMcLaren-MercedesAlbert Park
2004Michael SchumacherFerrariAlbert Park
2005Giancarlo FisichellaRenaultAlbert Park
2006Fernando AlonsoRenaultAlbert Park
2007Kimi RaikkonenFerrariAlbert Park
2008Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-MercedesAlbert Park
2009Jenson ButtonBrawn-MercedesAlbert Park
2010Jenson ButtonMcLaren-MercedesAlbert Park
2011Sebastian VettelRed Bull-RenaultAlbert Park
2012Jenson ButtonMcLaren-MercedesAlbert Park
2013Kimi RaikkonenLotus-RenaultAlbert Park
2014Nico RosbergMercedesAlbert Park
2015Lewis HamiltonMercedesAlbert Park
2016Nico RosbergMercedesAlbert Park




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Australian Grand Prix predictions, betting tips & odds: Betting odds & tips you need for the 2017 F1 season opener

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.

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