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The Austrian Grand Prix is the eighth race on the Formula One program and the Red Bull Ring, even though it is owned by Dietrich Mateschitz, it does not assist the Austrian billionaire’s two teams because of its characteristics.
The Red Bull Ring has been known as the Osterreichring and the A1-Ring previously and, while it has undergone numerous changes over time, it has always been one of the quickest circuits in motor racing. For example, Michael Schumacher’s average speed in winning the 2003 Austrian Grand Prix – the last before Formula One skipped the European country for 10 years – was five kilometres per hour faster than the average speed of Ruben Barrichello in winning the 2003 British Grand Prix at a Silverstone track famous for its high speeds.
Mercedes and Mercedes-powered cars dominated the qualifying and race action when the Austrian Grand Prix returned to the Formula One scene in 2014. Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were the quickest competitors in Q1 and Q2 respectively. Hamilton was on course to secure pole position before he ran wide on the last corner of his first Q3 flying lap and he locked up his rear brakes early in his second Q3 flying lap. The Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas filled the front row of the grid, with Rosberg third and Hamilton ninth after the application of Sergio Perez’s penalty for his Canadian Grand Prix misdemeanour. Rosberg ended up winning the race from Hamilton, Bottas and Massa but the British driver probably would have won if his pit crew not been 1.9 seconds slower than that of his German teammate – Rosberg defeated Hamilton by 1.932 seconds.
That either Hamilton or Rosberg has begun every 2015 Formula One race from pole position tells one that Mercedes has the fastest car in the sport and, therefore, it must sense to focus on the Silver Arrows when deciding who to back to celebrate Austrian Grand Prix glory. The Red Bull Ring is fast, short and it features just nine corners, which is the fewest turns of the 19 tracks on this year’s Formula One schedule. The Red Bull Ring is perfect for Mercedes and totally the opposite of what Red Bull and Toro Rosso want.
Bookmakers are offering similar odds about a Hamilton win and a Mercedes dual forecast in the Austrian Grand Prix, with 888Sport and Unibet listing the former at 11/20 1.55 -182 0.55 -1.82 0.55 and BetVictor and PaddyPower listing the latter at 57/100 1.57 -175 0.57 -1.75 0.57 . Both Hamilton and the Mercedes dual forecast are hitting at four out of seven in this year’s Formula One competition, although those numbers would be five out of seven had Mercedes not had a brain explosion in Monaco.
Five out of seven equates to odds of 2/5 1.40 -250 0.40 -2.50 0.40 so one thinks that there is a value case for betting on Hamilton and/or the Mercedes dual forecast in the Austrian Grand Prix. One’s preference out of the two options is Hamilton, primarily because one is reliant on only one driver and his car meeting expectations for that bet to cop. And one thinks that Hamilton is superior to Rosberg when luck – either good or bad – comes into it. So one’s Austrian Grand Prix main selection is Hamilton to win the race at odds of 11/20 1.55 -182 0.55 -1.82 0.55 with 888Sport and Unibet, with a slight interest in PaddyPower‘s odds of 67/100 1.67 -149 0.67 -1.49 0.67 about the British driver qualifying quickest and parlaying pole position into race victory.