Another season of the top tier in motorsport begins with Lewis Hamilton getting beaten in Australia again as if it were now some sort of tradition so you can bet on F1 in Bahrain to be a knives out affair between the top teams, but was the error Mercedes made as innocently incompetent as it was made out or was there more to it? Could the team just be gaming their top driver? Is that smart tactics or race fixing? And in Bahrain right now would anyone notice either way?
- Are Mercedes playing motivational mind games with Lewis Hamilton?
- Can Sebastian Vettel make it two in a row at the Bahrain Grand Prix?
- Are the Red Bull drivers able to keep pace with the leaders of the pack?
- Is becoming a rival to Saudi Arabia and Iran healthy for a small island?
It takes a lot to distract boys from fast cars. Women manage quite well of course, but beyond that there’s relatively little that can sway the attention of men from the things with wheels going zoom and typically you can bet on F1 in Bahrain to be a bit of a show stopper. The circus that is Formula One descending upon your kingdom is enough to steal the headlines, well, unless of course you happen to discover in the same week that you’re far, far, far richer than you thought you were already. Right?
“Initial analysis demonstrates the find is at substantial levels, capable of supporting the long-term extraction of tight oil (light crude) and deep gas.” Gloated Minister of Oil Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa al-Khalifa in announcing new fields Bahrain has just found. Waking up to 80bn extra barrels of oil on your doorstep is considered a good day in his office I expect, however it does mean even if you like to bet on sports in Bahrain you can’t actually bet on F1 in Bahrain being top of the agenda.
A Surfeit Of Riches Washes Up In Basin
The future exploitation of the field in the Khaleej Al Bahrain basin (which also includes 300bn cubic metres of natural gas, because when you’re lucky, you’re lucky) puts it’s present reserves in the shade and is going to make them a big player in the fossil fuels market, something Riyadh and Tehran are both just cock-a-hoop about you can be sure, and whilst Lewis Hamilton isn’t quite that rich yet I’m pretty sure he didn’t bet on F1 in Bahrain being another game of catch up to Sebastian Vettel.
What happened in Australia? Mercedes blamed a computer, which seems unlikely, software doesn’t suddenly just decide to do something different, so what really went on? Some say the best way to get effort out of your four time world champion who is expecting to stroll a season against slower opponents is to make him lose the opening race. Of course if you’re in Bahrain gambling laws of racing driver idiocy means you can bet on F1 in Bahrain this weekend to be explosive, you’re probably right.
Bet On F1 In Bahrain Being Nearly As Exciting As Oil & Gas
- Kimi Raikkonen – 16/1
- Daniel Ricciardo – 14/1
- Max Verstappen – 12/1
- Valtteri Bottas – 5/1
- Sebastian Vettel – 10/3
- Lewis Hamilton – 8/11
Despite having all the personality of a plank (any spontaneity beaten out of him long ago by the British tabloid press) Lewis Hamilton runs on ego and on the podium in Melbourne you could see his had taken a knock, this means whether by accident or design he’ll be firing on all cylinders on Sakhir, something the bookies have decided makes him all but certain to win which is why he’s getting 8/11 odds online and Sebastian in his Ferrari only 10/3 and isn’t the best bet on F1 in Bahrain this weekend.
Valtteri Bottas grabs 5/1 odds with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo at 12/1 and 14/1 respectively with Kimi Raikkonen at 16/1 despite his podium in down-under. Should you bet on F1 in Bahrain and back the Finn to sneak a win? Possibly, or at the very least another podium, although if you’re in Bahrain gambling news of the new oil find won’t completely dominate conversation for a while to come even if the entire Formula One grid turned into flying herring, think again. Business is business.