By Lee Dover | F1 betting preview
We can only imagine the scene when the visionary behind the Singapore Grand Prix first pitched his idea of hosting a Formula One race at night.
A boardroom table full of shocked and scared faces. Someone hidden in a corner on the phone, desperately asking for white men holding a straitjacket to be brought in. That’s how we see it.
However, this grand prix has since captivated audiences and even led to F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone hailing it as “the jewel in F1′s crown which keeps getting polished”. Whatever, Bernie.
Everyone loves this race – well, except for the person left with the electricity bill on the Sunday evening.
The question on the lips of punters though is just where to put your money for the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix.
Well, if history and form are anything to go on, Fernando Alonso would be considered a sure-fire bet.
The Spaniard has been exceptional in F1 in 2012, winning three grands prix so far this season and topping the drivers’ rankings with a 37-point cushion ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
Furthermore, Alonso has been victorious on the Marina Bay Street Circuit on two of the four Singapore Grand Prix events that have taken place so far.
With all this in mind, the price of 4/1 for Alonso to make it a trio of victories in Singapore this weekend will sound like a steal.
However, Lewis Hamilton is heading into the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix on a wave of momentum, having driven to victory with ease at Monza two weeks ago.
The McLaren driver also knows what it feels like to achieve glory under the floodlights of Singapore – marking this win in 2009. Hamilton is the favourite at 12/5 with Paddy Power to repeat the feat over the weekend.
Another name to keep an eye on is Felipe Massa – no please, don’t get that straitjacket out again. The Brazilian just about hit rock bottom in F1 a few months ago, as he constantly struggled to climb into the points.
However, a fifth-place finish in the Belgian Grand Prix and then racing to fourth in the Italian Grand Prix a week later has given the Ferrari driver renewed hope.
While a victory in the Singapore Grand Prix may sound like too much of a longshot – it is priced at 40/1 if you are feeling confident – a double podium finish for Ferrari at 18/1 may well prove a very valuable bet.
Need a little more inspiration? Then listen to these words from Massa himself…
I like the Singapore track and I feel the circuit suits me, even if I’ve never had much luck there. So I’m definitely looking for another good result and I hope I can do even better than in the last two races.
Wise words from a Brazilian racer scrapping to keep his motorsport dream alive.