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Singapore GP: Rosberg aims for top spot

Singapore GP: Rosberg aims for top spot

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This enthralling F1 season took another twist last time out, with Nico Rosberg triumphing over Mercedes at Monza to record back-to-back victories.

Rosberg is now just two points behind his team-mate and a fantastic battle looks set to unfold over the closing races of the season.

This weekend sees the F1 bandwagon head to Asia, with the Singapore GP always a superb spectacle, and Mercedes will again be expected to be much faster than the rest of the field.

But street circuits seem to play into the hands of Red Bull, who claimed pole at Monaco earlier in the season and could be a threat in this night race, with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen having six podium finishes between them in the last six GPs.

“Ferrari and Red Bull will be on it I’m sure, so we’ve got a big fight on our hands if we are up at the front,” said Lewis Hamilton, who remains the favourite to win the world championship.

Hamilton won the Singapore GP in 2014 from pole position, but last year Mercedes had their worst weekend of the season at the street track. The team was outpaced by Sebastian Vettel and neither driver finished on the podium.

Hamilton still starts the race as the favourite – he can be backed at 5/4 with ComeOn! to triumph on Sunday – but who else should be considered by F1 fans for the Singapore GP?

Where does the betting value lie?

For a change, the Mercedes pair are split in the betting odds by another racer – Ricciardo.

The Red Bull starlet is at 3/1┬áto win the race, but a price of 3/4 on him to finish on the podium – he has been in the top three in three out of the last four races – could be more appealing.

Verstappen remains the only non-Mercedes driver to have won this season and his odds of 6/1 to pick up a second victory of the campaign have to be on the shortlist of F1 fans here, especially considering how quick Red Bull were in this race a year ago.

But Rosberg is the form man, with two wins out of the last two GPs, and a lengthening of his price to win makes him a very tempting selection here at odds of 7/2.

Rosberg won the last GP that took place on a street circuit, the European Grand Prix in Baku, and he will be full of confidence going into the weekend, knowing a win takes him above Hamilton in the standings.

Vettel also has to be considered here, having won four of the last five Singapore GPs, although there are question marks about the consistency of the Ferrari he is piloting this year.

The German finished third at the Italian GP last time out, suggesting he could be coming into form, while his odds of 10/1 to win on Sunday are certainly big enough to be tempting.

Vettel to finish on the podium could be the best bet of the weekend, priced at 8/5 with us, while Rosberg to claim another top-six spot is also recommended at odds of 1/4.

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