This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

3 Rules for Betting on the F1 season.

At this point last year we were promised all sorts of change and unpredictability in Formula One, but what we got was even more predictable than the outcome of an Andy Murray Grand Slam Final. The German Vettel is favourite again this year, but we think it’ll be closer than many expect. Here are a few tips to help your F1 2012 betting.

Generally speaking, don’t underestimate the importance of the first race of the season. In five of the last six years, the winner of the first race of the season has gone on to win the Championship. The only opening winner since 2006 who didn’t go on to win was Alonso, who won at Bahrain in 2010. Vettel is a best priced 6/4 favourite to win the first race in Australia.

Vettel as we said, is favourite for the Championship, (Evens with Ladbrokes) but another way of making money on his potential success could be backing him to reach the podium in each race. If he starts 2012 as expected, then he’ll be at odds of between 1/3 & 1/2 for most races, but given he made the podium in 17 of 19 races in 2011 it should see you make a solid return over the season.

There’s always good value in the fastest lap markets. Last year Vettel didn’t record the fastest lap of any race until the European Grand Prix (the 8th race) and in fact recorded just three all season, yet he was often around a 2/1 or 5/2 favourite. So it’s a fair bet to lay on Betfair over the 2012 season.

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