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2018 Formula 1 predictions, betting tips, odds & race schedule: Lewis Hamilton drifts to EVS as win drought continues

Leigh Copson 15 Apr 2018

Lewis Hamilton (credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Bettingpro.com’s complete guide to betting on the 2018 Formula 1 season. Read on for a full rundown of the 2018 F1 season and get free predictions and betting tips from our highly successful tipster.

F1 Odds 2018


Lewis Hamilton’s wait for a race win in the 2018 Formula 1 season continues, and as a result the defending world champion has drifted to Even money for back-to-back drivers’ titles.

Hamilton has endured an underwhelming start to the 2018 campaign – a team strategy error denied him victory in Australia and a five-place grid penalty was too much for him to overcome in Bahrain, so he was desperate to kick-start his season in the third race of the season in China.

The Shanghai circuit had been a happy hunting ground for the Mercedes man over the years, but a disappointing qualifying session put him on the back-foot for the race and Hamilton was again let down by his team’s strategy as he was forced to settle for fourth place (he was promoted from fifth after Max Verstappen was hit with a penalty).

That meant he was unable to capitalise fully on Sebastian Vettel’s Shanghai woes.

The four-time world champion had made a flawless start to the season with back-to-back race wins, and he appeared to be on course for win number three until the safety car threw a spanner in the works and erased the lead he had built up.

A collision with Verstappen then poured further salt into the wound as Vettel had to settle for eighth place, and that allowed Hamilton to gain some ground in the Drivers’ Championship.

The defending world champion was able to cut the gap between himself and Vettel by nine points, but he remains without a race win this season and that has forced bookmaker William Hill to lengthen his outright odds from 4/6 to Even money, with Vettel shortening to 11/10.

Valtteri Bottas has plummeted from 12/1 to 22/1 despite finishing second in China, while Daniel Ricciardo has gone from 20/1 to 33/1 despite the way he impressively carved through the top end of the field to win Sunday’s race.

Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen have also seen their odds get pushed out, with William Hill now pricing them up at 40/1 to become the world champion this year. 

Over in the Constructors’ Championship market, Mercedes remain the odds-on favourites despite their failure to win a race so far this season.

However, they continue to drift in this market with the bookies now offering them at 4/7 ahead of Ferrari, who are in from 9/4 to 6/4. Red Bull, despite Ricciardo’s race win, are out to 12/1 from 9s. 

Latest William Hill Odds



* Odds correct as of 11:30 BST on Sunday, April 15

F1 2018 Calendar Dates


2018 Formula 1 Schedule (Start times BST)

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
29 Apr 2018 13:10Azerbaijan Grand PrixBaku City Circuit
13 May 2018 14:10Spanish Grand PrixCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
27 May 2018 14:10Monaco Grand PrixCircuit de Monaco
10 Jun 2018 19:10Canadian Grand PrixCircuit Gilles Villeneuve
24 Jun 2018 15:10French Grand Prix
01 Jul 2018 14:10Austrian Grand PrixRed Bull Ring
08 Jul 2018 14:10British Grand PrixSilverstone Circuit
22 Jul 2018 14:10German Grand Prix
29 Jul 2018 14:10Hungarian Grand PrixHungaroring
26 Aug 2018 14:10Belgian Grand PrixCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps
02 Sep 2018 14:10Italian Grand PrixAutodromo Nazionale Monza
16 Sep 2018 13:10Singapore Grand PrixMarina Bay Street Circuit
30 Sep 2018 12:10Russian Grand PrixSochi Autodrom
07 Oct 2018 06:10Japanese Grand PrixSuzuka International Racing Course
21 Oct 2018 19:10United States Grand PrixCircuit of the Americas
28 Oct 2018 19:10Mexican Grand PrixAutodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
11 Nov 2018 17:10Brazilian Grand PrixAutodromo Jose Carlos Pace
25 Nov 2018 13:10Abu Dhabi Grand PrixYas Marina Circuit


Previous Formula 1 Winning Bets


The 2016 and 2017 Formula 1 campaigns were highly profitable for the Bettingpro.com team, and our resident F1 tipster, Leigh Copson, has picked up from where he left off by landing three winning bets from the first three races of the season.

Lewis Hamilton's pole position at the Australian Grand Prix handed the team our first success of 2018, and it would have been 2/2 on the season opener but Daniel Ricciardo was just one second away from finishing on the podium.

Leigh did not have to wait too long for a perfect haul though - it came in the second race of the season as Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix and Ricciardo failed to finish on the podium.

Previous 2018 Formula 1 Betting Tips (winners in bold)

RaceBet 1Bet 2Profit (10pt Stake)
Australian Grand PrixHamilton pole position @ 8/11Riccardo Top 3 Finish @ 6/5+9
Bahrain Grand PrixVettel to win @ 3/1Riccardo Not To Finish On Podium @ 1/2+7
Chinese Grand PrixHamilton to win @ EVSMcLaren Double Points Finish @ 15/8U20

F1 2018 Standings


Formula 1 Drivers' Championship Standings

POSITIONDRIVERTEAMPOINTS
1Sebastian VettelFerrari54
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes45
3Valtteri BottasMercedes40
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull37
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari30
6Fernando AlonsoMcLaren22
7Nico HulkenbergRenault22
8Max VerstappenRed Bull18
9Pierre GaslyToro Rosso12
10Kevin MagnussenHaas11
11Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren6
12Carlos Sainz JrRenault3
13Marcus EricssonSauber2
14Esteban OconForce India1

Formula 1 Constructors' Championship Standings

POSITIONTEAMPOINTS
1Mercedes85
2Ferrari84
3Red Bull55
4McLaren28
5Renault25
6Toro Rosso12
7Haas11
8Sauber2
9Force India1
10Williams0

F1 2018 Drivers and Teams


Lewis Hamilton is looking to retain the Driver's Championship he won for the fourth time last season, but he will once again be joined by Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes. Ferrari will once again go with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen as they look to end Mercedes' dominance of the sport, with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo once again leading the charge for Red Bull.

2018 Formula 1 Driver Line-ups

TEAMDRIVER #1DRIVER #2
MercedesLewis HamiltonValtteri Bottas
FerrariSebastian VettelKimi Raikkonen
Red BullDaniel RicciardoMax Verstappen
WilliamsLance StrollSergey Sirotkin
McLarenFernando AlonsoStoffel Vandoorne
Force IndiaSergio PerezEsteban Ocon
Toro RossoPierre GaslyBrendon Hartley
RenaultNico HulkenbergCarlos Sainz
HaasRomain GrosjeanKevin Magnussen
SauberMarcus EricssonCharles Leclerc

F1 History


Michael Schumacher continues to be the most successful Formula One driver of all time having won the Drivers' Championship on a record-setting seven occasions, while the most successful active drivers at this time are four-time winners Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. With his world championship win in 2018, Hamilton is now the most successful British driver in the history of Formula 1.

Formula 1 World Champions

YEARDRIVERTEAMWINNING MARGIN
1950Giuseppe FarinaAlfa Romeo3
1951Juan Manuel FangioAlfa Romeo6
1952Alberto AscariFerrari12
1953Alberto AscariFerrari6.5
1954Juan Manuel FangioMaserari/Mercedes16.86
1955Juan Manuel FangioMercedes16.5
1956Juan Manuel FangioFerrari3
1957Juan Manuel FangioMaserati15
1958Mike HawthornFerrari1
1959Jack BrabhamCooper4
1960Jack BrabhamCooper9
1961Phil HillFerrari1
1962Graham HillBRM12
1963Jim ClarkLotus21
1964John SurteesFerrari1
1965Jim ClarkLotus14
1966Jack BrabhamBrabham14
1967Denny HulmeBrabham5
1968Graham HillLotus12
1969Jackie StewartMatra26
1970Jochen RindtLotus5
1971Jackie StewartTyrrell29
1972Emerson FittipaldiLotus16
1973Jackie StewartTyrrell16
1974Emerson FittipaldiMcLaren3
1975Niki LaudaFerrari19.5
1976James HuntMcLaren1
1977Niki LaudaFerrari17
1978Mario AndrettiLotus13
1979Jody ScheckterFerrari4
1980Alan JonesWilliams13
1981Nelson PiquetBrabham1
1982Keke RosbergWilliams5
1983Nelson PiquetBrabham2
1984Niki LaudaMcLaren0.5
1985Alain ProstMcLaren20
1986Alain ProstMcLaren2
1987Nelson PiquetWilliams12
1988Ayrton SennaMcLaren3
1989Alain ProstMcLaren16
1990Ayrton SennaMcLaren7
1991Ayrton SennaMcLaren24
1992Nigel MansellWilliams52
1993Alain ProstWilliams26
1994Michael SchumacherBenetton1
1995Michael SchumacherBenetton33
1996Damon HillWilliams19
1997Jacques VilleneuveWilliams39
1998Mika HakkinenMcLaren14
1999Mika HakkinenMcLaren2
2000Michael SchumacherFerrari19
2001Michael SchumacherFerrari58
2002Michael SchumacherFerrari67
2003Michael SchumacherFerrari2
2004Michael SchumacherFerrari34
2005Fernando AlonsoRenault21
2006Fernando AlonsoRenault13
2007Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1
2008Lewis HamiltonMcLaren1
2009Jenson ButtonBrawn11
2010Sebastian VettelRed Bull4
2011Sebastian VettelRed Bull122
2012Sebastian VettelRed Bull3
2013Sebastian VettelRed Bull155
2014Lewis HamiltonMercedes67
2015Lewis HamiltonMercedes59
2016Nico RosbergMercedes5
2017Lewis HamiltonMercedes46

Mercedes have dominated the Constructors' Championship in recent seasons but it remains some way behind its rivals in the historical standings. Ferrari remain the most successful team in the history of Formula One having won the team championship on 16 occasions, with Williams next up at nine ahead of eight-time winners McLaren.

Formula 1 Constructors Champions

YEARTEAMDRIVERSWINNING MARGIN
1958VanwallStirling MossTony Brooks--8
1959CooperJack BrabhamStirling MossBruce McLaren-8
1960CooperJack BrabhamBruce McLaren--14
1961FerrariPhil HillWolfgang von Trips--10
1962BRMGraham Hill---6
1963LotusJim Clark---18
1964FerrariJohn SurteesLorenzo Bandi--3
1965LotusJim Clark---9
1966BrabhamJack Brabham---11
1967BrabhamDenny HulmeJack Brabham--19
1968LotusGraham HillJo SiffertJim ClarkJackie Oliver13
1969MatraJackie StewartJean-Pierre Beltoise--17
1970LotusJochen RindtEmerson FittipaldiGraham HillJohn Miles7
1971TyrrellJackie StewartFrancois Cevert--37
1972LotusEmerson Fittipaldi---10
1973LotusEmerson FittipaldiRonnie Peterson--10
1974McLarenEmerson FittipaldiDenny HulmeMike HailwoodDavid Hobbs/Jochen Mass8
1975FerrariClay RegazzoniNiki Lauda--18.5
1976FerrariNiki LaudaClay Regazzoni--9
1977FerrariNiki LaudaCarlos Reutemann--33
1978LotusMario AndrettiRonnie Peterson--28
1979FerrariJody ScheckterGilles Villeneuve--38
1980WilliamsAlan JonesCarlos Reutemann--54
1981WilliamsAlan JonesCarlos Reutemann--34
1982FerrariGilles VilleneuveDidier PironiPatrick TambayMario Andretti5
1983FerrariPatrick TambayRene Arnoux--10
1984McLarenAlain ProstNiki Lauda--86
1985McLarenNiki LaudaAlain ProstJohn Watson-8
1986WilliamsNigel MansellNelson Piquet--45
1987WilliamsNigel MansellNelson PiquetRiccardo Patrese-61
1988McLarenAlain ProstAyrton Senna--134
1989McLarenAyrton SennaAlain Prost--64
1990McLarenAyrton SennaGerhard Berger--11
1991McLarenAyrton SennaGerhard Berger--14
1992WilliamsNigel MansellRiccardo Patrese--65
1993WilliamsDamon HillAlain Prost--84
1994WilliamsDamon HillAyrton SennaDavid CoulthardNigel Mansell15
1995BenettonMichael SchumacherJohnny Herbert--25
1996WilliamsDamon HillJacques Villeneuve--105
1997WilliamsJacques VilleneuveHeinz-Harald Frentzen--21
1998McLarenDavid CoulthardMika Hakkinen--23
1999FerrariMichael SchumacherEddie IrvineMika Salo-4
2000FerrariMichael SchumacherRubens Barrichello--18
2001FerrariMichael SchumacherRubens Barrichello--77
2002FerrariMichael SchumacherRubens Barrichello--129
2003FerrariMichael SchumacherRubens Barrichello--14
2004FerrariMichael SchumacherRubens Barrichello--143
2005RenaultFernando AlonsoGiancarlo Fisichella--9
2006RenaultFernando AlonsoGiancarlo Fisichella--5
2007FerrariFelipe MassaKimi Raikkonen--103
2008FerrariKimi RaikkonenFelipe Massa--21
2009BrawnJenson ButtonRubens Barrichello--18.5
2010Red BullSebastian VettelMark Webber--44
2011Red BullSebastian VettelMark Webber--153
2012Red BullSebastian VettelMark Webber--60
2013Red BullSebastian VettelMark Webber--236
2014MercedesNico RosbergLewis Hamilton--296
2015MercedesNico RosbergLewis Hamilton--275
2016MercedesNico RosbergLewis Hamilton--297
2017MercedesLewis HamiltonValtteri Bottas--146


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