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BETTING GUIDE: Who are the favourites to light up Marina Bay as F1 returns to Singapore?

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After a weekend off, F1 has headed to the far-flung shores of Singapore. The European leg of the season is finished, but the question on everyone’s lips is whether Max Verstappen can maintain his incredible run of form around a series of demanding race tracks as he looks to secure a third straight drivers’ crown?

188BET’s odds are presented in decimal form: for every $1 wagered you would win the figure represented by the odds; so, if Verstappen is favourite at 1.50, you would win $1.50 for every dollar bet.

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The odds for the win

It’s unsurprisingly Verstappen all the way for the win, as the Dutchman seeks a record-extending 11th straight victory this season, to make it 13 wins from 15 races. It’s an astonishing run, and one that seems impossible to stop. But that’s the task facing the rest of the field, with Sergio Perez installed as second-favourite, given he too has the RB19 at his disposal.

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Perez won here last year - can he repeat that feat and end his team mate's dominant run?

Behind Red Bull, Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton are joint-third favourites, with that McLaren still doing the business near the front of the field and likely to be even more impressive at a higher downforce track.

Max Verstappen 1.25
Sergio Perez 10.0
Lando Norris, Lewis Hamilton 19.0
Fernando Alonso, George Russell 26.0
Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc, Oscar Piastri 34.0
Lance Stroll 151
Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly 301Alex Albon, Kevin Magnussen, Liam Lawson, Logan Sargeant, Nico Hulkenberg, Valtteri Bottas, Yuki Tsunoda, Zhou Guanyu 601

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The odds for who will be fastest in qualifying

Qualifying has been a closer affair this year, albeit one that still has Verstappen sitting pretty with eight pole positions to show for his season so far. But it was Charles Leclerc who was quickest in qualifying here last year, and Perez who went on to win. The Mexican does tend to go well at street tracks, and could do with a morale-boosting performance in qualifying, which has been his Achilles’ heel so far this season.

Keep an eye on Hamilton though, with many still of the belief that his pole here in 2018 is one of his best ever laps. The Mercedes has been quietly improving and while the recent run of low-downforce tracks didn’t overly suit the W13, Singapore could be a very different proposition.

Max Verstappen 1.45
Sergio Perez 8.50
Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, Lewis Hamilton 13.0
Fernando Alonso, George Russell 21.0
Oscar Piastri 67.0
Lance Stroll 151
Alex Albon, Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly 301
Kevin Magnussen, Liam Lawson, Logan Sargeant, Nico Hulkenberg, Valtteri Bottas, Yuki Tsunoda, Zhou Guanyu 601

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 14: Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari walks in the Paddock

Leclerc knows what it takes to grab pole around this track

The odds for a podium finish

Carlos Sainz gave the Italian fans something to cheer last time out as he managed to score his first podium finish of the season so far. That should have given the Ferrari man some renewed confidence, but will the Scuderia be strong here? The odds dont think so, instead fancying the likes of Fernando Alonso to grab another podium. Aston Martin have stated they want to retake second in the constructors’, and to do so they are relying on Alonso scoring some big points.

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Oscar Piastri still doesn’t have a podium finish to his name – his top three came in a Sprint rather than a Grand Prix proper. Meanwhile, George Russell hasn’t stood on the rostrum since Spain. So much could depend on reliability though, with this race just as tricky for the cars as the drivers.

Max Verstappen 1.10
Sergio Perez 1.50
Lewis Hamilton 2.60
Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris 3.20
Charles Leclerc, George Russell 4.00
Carlos Sainz, Oscar Piastri 5.00
Lance Stroll 34.0
Alex Albon, Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly 67.0
Liam Lawson, Logan Sargeant, Valtteri Bottas, Yuki Tsunoda, Zhou Guanyu 151
Kevin Magnussen, Nico Hulkenberg 301

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Aston Martin F1 Team waves to the crowd

Alonso is keen to return to the podium after a tricky time in Monza

The odds for fastest lap

No surprises that Verstappen is the favourite for this one, although he’s so far ahead on points in the championship, you wouldn’t think he’d need to worry about bonus points. Further down though, a point could be very, very useful. There’s not much in it between Alonso and Hamilton in the fight for third, and Russell is fast closing in on Leclerc in the fight for sixth.

Max Verstappen 1.70
Sergio Perez 5.50
Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton 11.00
George Russell, Lando Norris 13.0
Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc 19.0
Oscar Piastri 34.0
Alex Albon, Kevin Magnussen, Lance Stroll 101
Esteban Ocon, Liam Lawson, Logan Sargeant, Nico Hulkenberg, Pierre Gasly, Valtteri Bottas, Yuki Tsunoda, Zhou Guanyu 251

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What are the odds for which team will take the most points?

Unsurprisingly, Red Bull are also favourites here. But behind, the situation gets much more interesting. On any given day, Mercedes, Ferrari, Aston Martin and now McLaren have been evenly matched with the different track characteristics often playing a part in determining who is at the front of that squabble.

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 02: George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes prepares to drive in the

Russell hasn't finished on the podium since Spain - can he change that this weekend?

Ferrari made a step forward in Monza – but that track is an outlier, requiring such low downforce. Singapore is a very different proposition, so who will come out on top in the fight to challenge Red Bull?

Red Bull 1.15
McLaren, Mercedes 13.0
Ferrari 17.0
Aston Martin 21.0
Alpine 151
Alfa Romeo, AlphaTauri, Haas, Williams 301

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The odds for a Safety Car appearing during the race

Safety cars are often called into service on street tracks, where recovering any stricken cars is tricky at best. Will we see one on Sunday? The odds say yes, but much will depend on whether the drivers play it safe or risk some daring overtakes.

Yes 1.10
No 6.00

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