2018 Azerbaijan GP betting previews have to take into account two contradictory considerations. One, the favorites are obviously Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Two, the history of the circuit suggests that unexpected results are also imaginable.
Last year’s Azerbaijan GP betting odds looked very much like they do this year: Hamilton or Vettel was expected to win. The race had a few surprises in store, though, including Vettel’s running into Hamilton twice under the second safety car. This resulted in the two favorites not even making it to the podium. The question is whether Formula One history will repeat itself.
The Chances of An Upset
While last year was the first time the Azerbaijan GP was held, its circuit, the Baku City Circuit, hosted one more Formula One motor race: the 2016 European GP. That was a less surprising race, dominated by the driver who would later win the 2016 Formula One World Drivers’ Championship, Nico Rosberg.
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Our Azerbaijan GP Betting Preview Favors Vettel Over Hamilton
The previous years’ results may also help choosing between the two favorites. In both of these races, Vettel finished higher (4th in 2017 and 2nd in 2016) than Hamilton (5th both years). In 2017, Vettel even managed to grab more points than the British driver despite Hamilton’s starting the race from pole. Baku City Circuit seems to suit Vettel better than Hamilton.
Online betting sites in Azerbaijan actually consider Hamilton (2.10) a bit more likely to win than Vettel (3.00). However, our Azerbaijan GP betting review recommends betting on Sebastian Vettel for those who are looking for the safest bet.