Ferrari and Red Bull have eyes on the Singapore prize

Red Bull, Ferrari

Formula 1 is preparing to get hot and sweaty this weekend as the action moves to Singapore with Ferrari are under pressure to put Sebastian Vettel back on top of the Drivers’ Championship.

The Scuderia were left embarrassed in their home race last time out as they finished 36 seconds behind race-winner Lewis Hamilton at Monza.

However, after two events which have suited the more powerful Mercedes, the slow and twisty Marina Bay Street Circuit should play to the strengths of Ferrari.

Vettel has lead home one-twos for the Italians at Monaco and Hungary, two tracks which have similar characteristics to Singapore, so confidence should be high in the Ferrari camp.

The German has also enjoyed the majority of his outings under the lights in the Far East, taking the chequered flag four times, most recently in 2015.

With all that in mind, it is perhaps not a surprise to learn Vettel is the 7/5 favourite to win the Singapore Grand Prix, with Hamilton 7/4.

The Brit leads the Drivers’ Championship by three points after back-to-back wins in Belgium and Italy but will do well to hang on to top spot given his previous problems at Marina Bay.

The three-time world champion has won the race twice but also has three DNFs to his name, while he had to settle for third last year.

With Red Bull also set to mount a strong challenge this weekend, Hamilton will do well to finish on the podium on Sunday.

Red Bull have been building up to this race for two grands prix now, taking grid penalties in Italy to make sure they are, mechanically speaking, in the best possible shape.

A Red Bull driver has finished second in Singapore in the last three years, while they won the race the three seasons before that.

With that in mind, a Daniel Ricciardo win at 7/1, with Max Verstappen at 8/1, represents excellent value. Just to finish on the podium Verstappen is 1/1, with Ricciardo 11/10.

For an outside bet, Fernando Alonso to finish in the top-10 at 37/20 appeals, as long as his McLaren can survive the longest race of the year.

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