Tuesday, 13 November 2012

The United States Grand Prix: Austin Pre-Qualifying Tips

Formula 1 Tips For The United States Grand Prix

Every Grand Prix weekend I give myself 100 points and place a few hypothetical bets using the odds available from SkyBet.com and see how I do.  In general I always like to wait until after qualifying before placing my bets, so to test whether that's the best strategy or not, I'll make some tips before and after qualifying and see which set of tips do best. 

To Finish In The Points (Top Ten Finish):
20 points on Daniel Ricciardo at 5.0
Daniel Ricciardo has now sneaked into the lower end of the top ten at 5 of the last 7 Grand Prix and yet the bookies still continue to rate him as an outsider in this market.  His odds to finish in the points at the United States Grand Prix this weekend are 5.0, so at that price he seems worth a punt.

To Qualify On The Front Row:
20 points on Mark Webber to Qualify On The Front Row at 1.91
Mark Webber has qualified on the front row at each of the last four Grand Prix, so this looks like another decent bet.
Top Six Finish: 
20 points on Felipe Massa at 2.38
Felipe has recorded 5 top six finishes from the last 7 Grand Prix, so odds of 2.38 for him to do so again this weekend look a shade on the generous side. 

Race Winner: 
10 points on Sebastian Vettel at 2.25
It's generally better to wait until after qualifying before placing a bet on the race winner, but Vettel looked extremely impressive as he made his way through the field at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix a couple of weekends ago, so I'm going to go for a small bet on Sebastian Vettel to get back to winning ways once again at the inaugural Austin Grand Prix. 

Qualifying Winning Margin: 
10 points on Under 0.15 Seconds at 2.0 

Grand Prix Winning Margin: 
10 points on Under 6 Seconds at 2.0

And now for a couple of long-shot bets to finish off with... 

Retire On The First Lap: 
5 points on Romain Grosjean at 23.0
Since I started tipping this bet, Romain Grosjean seems to have sorted out his previoulsy dodgy starts, but at odds of 23.0 I'm still tempted to go for a small 5 point bet once again. 

5 points on Sergio Perez at 23.0
Sergio Perez has been in erratic form ever since he signed for McLaren, but he's the type of driver who from time to time always seems to punch above his weight, so if he can stay out of trouble then at odds of 23.0 he's worth a small bet.

As already mentioned, I'll reassess things after qualifying and offer another selection of tips, and then see how my predictions compare. 

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