As Valtteri Bottas slowed down, till it almost looked like he was parking up to take a comfort break against the Armco, F1 fans around the world watched Lewis Hamilton speed by him and despaired. Mercedes team orders were well within the law, of course, it’s just a pity they urinated over the spirit of it so obviously. Hamilton is now 1/25 season fav at Unibet etc and even 2018 Japanese Grand Prix Vettel bets are just a touch better priced than his now 12/1 title hopes.
“In their defense,” Said Vettel at his most diplomatic, “I think in the position they are, it’s a no-brainer what they did.” And it’s a call many in the sport have taken up, adherents to the cult of F1 quick to defend something so opposed to the spirit of racing lest their precious sport be held up as a joke and a mere shadow of its former self. Worse still it says nothing to those who like to bet on sports in Japan and might have thought to back Valtteri Bottas on Sunday. Why risk it?
2018 Japanese Grand Prix Odds
- Everyone Else – 1000/1+
- Daniel Ricciardo – 14/1
- Max Verstappen – 12/1
- Kimi Raikkonen – 12/1
- Valtteri Bottas – 9/1
- Sebastian Vettel – 2/1
- Lewis Hamilton – 4/5
Bottas Was Only Following Orders
“For the end of the year it’s only Lewis fighting for the championship,” Valtteri Bottas pointed out, “I’m not. So for the team it’s always better that Lewis wins.” And went on to add “That’s how it goes.” Which is the sentiment that will ensure there are fewer 2018 Japanese Grand Prix Vettel bets this year than last, Toto Wolff and the other F1 bosses could at any moment arbitrarily decide to rob gamblers of their winnings in what amounts to an FIA rulebook sanctioned fix.
“It’s not ideal for me.” Bottas lamented to the press, however did say team-orders were a “harsh reality” in Formula One which leaves a few harsh questioned to be asked of the FIA who have already been making a pig’s ear out of the entire sport for quite a while now. Naturally the shenanigans in Sochi mean that in Suzuka Valtteri barely gets a 9/1 price, and it’s not one people will rush to take advantage of Japanese gambling laws to snap up given the prices elsewhere.
2018 Japanese Grand Prix Vettel Bets At Unibet Bonkers?
Vettel gets around 2/1 on sites like Unibet to win in Japan and that would sound great if it weren’t for the fact he’s technically got the fastest car on circuit and yet Hamilton still gets far shorter odds of around 4/5. This means those 2018 Japanese Grand Prix Vettel bets are by no means the most attractive, and indeed when it comes to mean the 12/1 that Verstappen and Raikkonen are garnering are a tad stingy whilst the 14/1 on Ricciardo is about right these days.
1st Japanese GP Retirement
- No Retirements – 14/1
- Fernando Alonso – 14/1
- Stoffel Vandoorne – 14/1
- Sergey Sirotkin – 12/1
- Lance Stroll – 11/1
- Brendon Hartley – 10/1
Naturally if you’re in Japan gambling news from the Grand Prix this Sunday will be of a surprise Vettel victory still keeping the mathematical possibility of his winning the championship open I fear you’ll be sorely disappointed. That said there are plenty of F1 wagers on sites like Unibet that make 2018 Japanese Grand Prix Vettel bets look silly. The market on first retirement is huge fun, especially with Brendon Hartley at 10/1 which is almost criminally worth a punt.