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Motor Racing Betting at William Hill
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The ever-changing world of motorsport has been listening to calls for eco-efficiency, increased media access and more exciting racing.
With plans in the pipeline to modernise Formula 1, the sport will boast prestige and fierce competition for many years to come – attracting tribalistic and casual backers alike.
There’s some mouth-watering prospects on the horizon, as the old guard of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel fight for the drivers’ championship, challenged by young whippersnappers including Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen.
Understanding the motor racing betting markets
Motor racing events; often referred to as series, rounds, classes or Grand Prix, will always have a market enabling you to back the winning driver.
In the case of F1 Grands Prix, there’s usually fastest driver markets for the practice and qualifying sessions, taking place up to three days before lights out.
A season-long dynamic to F1 betting is the fluctuating odds on who will be crowned winner of the drivers’ championship, eventually decided by points total or number of race wins.
There are also markets regarding the constructors’ title, which is won by the team with the most points or victories at the end of a season.
It’s only right that the pinnacle of motorsport has the most innovative markets. On each F1 Grand Prix weekend there’s driver rankings for podium finish, points finish, first retirement and more.
A competitor makes the podium by clinching third place or higher, a finish in the points is achieved by crossing the line in 10th position or better.
F1 involves a bit of rocket science, but we hope that the first retirement market is self-explanatory.
Racing series betting odds become visible one event at a time, drawing attention to each spectacle as the action is followed from practice to race day throughout the season.
The outright markets will satisfy those that would prefer to speculate long before (or immediately after) the defining twists and turns in the championship.
How to win betting on motor racing?
The best motor racing betting tips will acknowledge the advantage a superior car has over the rest of the field.
However, in a series like the NASCAR cup, all the cars are the same specification and so bettors should look at the standings for tell-tale signs of good form.
The venue is an important factor, particularly in F1. Check out each driver’s previous record at the circuit - bearing in mind the car they were in for each season.
Street circuits tend to favour cars that are quick through low-speed corners, unless the layout contains a long straight, in which case engine power reigns supreme.
A car that can handle a mixture of both is favourable, but occasionally a unique track can bring the best out of an outsider.
Other valuable motor racing betting tips
When taking a punt on a race winner market, always start by looking at the grid.
This is an absolute no-brainer in F1 betting, especially at the venues where track position is everything, such as Monte Carlo.
Be wary of the qualification timing sheets though, drivers may incur penalties that can drop them to the back of the grid, even if they managed to qualify on pole position.
If you’re interested in the qualification markets, observe the practice sessions to gain an inkling of who could go fastest.
In the early stages of a season, comparing drivers to their teammate is a good way of assessing who’s under or overperforming.
For example, if a driver DNF the first two races of the season, they’ll be rock-bottom in the standings heading into the third race. Analysing the performance of their teammate in the previous two could give you an indication of their potential finish.
Speaking of retirements, there are markets on the number of finishers, the first constructor retirement and on safety car deployment.
Research the probability of a safety car at each circuit to get ahead of the game. At the Australian GP it’s around 60% - almost too close to call. At the Monaco GP it’s around 80% - not close at all.
For tips on first constructor retirement, reference points include driver record at the track in question and the number of mechanical issues the team has suffered in the current season.
Keep an eye out for persistent engine failures within the same team – the suppliers will have identical power units in the back of other cars on the grid.
Assessing the F1 World Championship odds
The F1 season roars to life with the traditional curtain-raiser in Melbourne, Australia.
Unlike most sports, in F1 the top prize for the individual is more sought after than the top prize for the team.
The drivers’ championship is usually won in the final five races, with recent title deciders occurring at the Mexican Grand Prix. Should the fight go down to the wire, expect to see sparks fly at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December.
A title contender’s momentum heading into the August summer break is key to the final outcome.
The Hungarian Grand Prix, the race prior to the mid-season interval, presents itself as an opportunity to deal a lasting psychological blow to a championship rival.
The constructors’ championship has escaped the team with the fastest car in recent years.
The margin of one-lap pace that the polesitter’s team has to the rest of the field around Albert Park should be weighed up with the historic consistency of their driver line-up for a sensible bet on the constructors’ early doors.
NASCAR & other significant motor racing series
NASCAR’s season opener is the famous Daytona 500.
Fresh from the off-season, the drivers are thrust straight into an exhausting, but epic race in the Miami heat.
Punters can back the winner of ‘The Great American Race’ and every other Monster Energy cup event during the 36-race, 10-month-long season.
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship takes motor racing betting to new extremes. Spread your wings on to the Master Class winners market for eight events between February and December.
Motor racing #YourOdds are growing fast
In the build-up to a new F1 campaign, a depth of #YourOdds bets are made available on the Future Specials market.
These often pit teammates or rivals against each other, tipping a driver to finish the season with more points or race wins for instance.
The outside specials offer odds on the prospect of a newcomer winning the world championship or an F1 veteran adding to his title tally over the next few years.
A typical example of motor racing #YourOdds in full swing is an experienced driver to win his first drivers’ championship by 2021.
If there’s a bet at the forefront of your mind that isn’t on our motor racing markets, tweet @WilliamHill to make a #YourOdds request.