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The precious precision engineering of Formula One is capable of many things but driving through a typhoon isn’t really one of them, and even the aftermath of a typhoon could prove a little tricky for some of the lesser teams, so now is the perfect time to bet on the 1st retirement at Suzuka. Online bookies like Unibet, one of the best online sportsbook sites in Japan, are offering a whirlwind of prices but will they blow you away or rain on your parade this weekend?
A bet on the 1st retirement at Suzuka might seem a little gauche, it is, after all, arguably the best track on the calendar, frequently producing the best races of each season. However, whilst a bet on Mercedes to win, or a wager that takes up the odds on Ferrari being offered, is the sensible course if you’re looking to pick a winner, the prices you’ll get for that sorts of thing won’t necessarily make it a huge earner, unlike the odds being offered on which car fails first in Japan.
- Anyone Else – 1000/1+
- Alexander Albon – 100/1
- Max Verstappen – 11/2
- Valtteri Bottas – 8/1
- Sebastian Vettel – 9/2
- Charles Leclerc – 7/4
- Lewis Hamilton – 6/4
In comparison with Lewis Hamilton at 6/4 to win, just ahead of Charles Leclerc on 7/4 and Sebastian Vettel on 9/2, a bet on the 1st retirement at Suzuka is massively more attractive. Those who enjoy a bet on sports in Japan will find the hapless Romain Grosjean leading the race to the bottom getting 10/1 on sites like Unibet, and given his performances so far this season that’s a pretty good bet. Sure Giovinazzi gets 11/1 to beat him to the loss, but Romain is a classic failure.
Bet On The Japanese Grand Prix To Be A Bit Blowy
“There’s supposed to be gusts of wind at 120km/h on Saturday and if that is the case I don’t think it’s safe to be on track or in the grandstands or anywhere.” Said Grosjean in his role as director of the Grand Prix Driver’s Association (a job given to him as a cruel joke I like to think) “I don’t think there’s any point in discussing it.” Which is true, especially not with the driver getting the lowest odds for a bet on the 1st retirement at Suzuka wholly regardless of the prevailing weather.
“I think it’s pretty clear if the typhoon is going to come here there’s no way we can drive.” Joined in Charles Leclerc of Ferrari, stating the obvious with all the occult meteorological insight of a man paid millions to drive around corners slightly too fast in fireproof underwear. This sort of statement is perhaps a pre-race omen that anyone thinking taking advantage of Japanese gambling laws to place a bet on the 1st retirement in Suzuka might possibly want to paid heed to.
Romain Grosjean gets the lowest odds for a bet on the 1st retirement at Suzuka because he’s bad at his job, but over at Ferrari it is all out civil war, and in the past that has caused some very interesting inter-team squabbling on track. Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc both get 25/1 to be the first out of the race, and going into turn one side by side there’s just a chance one of them could lose out by trying just that bit too hard, or worse find themselves spun off by a teammate.
- No Retirements – 16/1
- Daniel Ricciardo – 14/1
- Nico Hulkenberg – 14/1
- Lance Stroll – 12/1
- Pierre Gasly – 12/1
- Daniil Kvyat – 12/1
- Antonio Giovinazzi – 11/1
- Romain Grosjean – 10/1
The cancellation of Saturday running is entirely in keeping with F1’s determination to be “safe”, and whilst for once some consideration of the fans (instead of just the drivers) might have formed part of the decision making process, that doesn’t mean things won’t be tricky on Sunday. So if you’re off to put a bet on the 1st retirement at Suzuka over at Unibet, one of the best online betting sites in Japan, just remember that Ferrari’s war could trump Grosjean’s inadequacy.