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Russian Grand Prix 2014 tips

October 10th, 2014

F1 heads to a new track this weekend in Sochi, Russia, and early indications are that the McLaren is well dialled into the circuit and looking strong ahead of the race weekend.

Mercedes have been untouchable this season and after Lewis Hamilton went 8/10ths of a second quicker than the field in Free Practice 2 on Friday only a fool would predict anything other than another routine win for the German marque.

Best of the rest is where McLaren are gunning for this weekend, and the Friday times suggest the bookies might have been a little slow to catch up in reflecting their relative pace in their odds.

With potentially only one podium slot to gun at, taking a punt on a rostrum finish looks tough, but odds of 10/11 with Bet365 about Jenson Button finishing inside the top 6 certainly appeal - especially with Red Bull struggling throughout Friday and doubts about Sebastian Vettel's power unit thrown into the mix.

Williams and Ferrari should be strong of course, but the 10/11 looks more than fair on the Englishman, who has claimed 5 top 6 finishes in the last ten races and looks better set this weekend than at any stage prior in the season.

Team-mate Kevin Magnussen is worth supporting as well, but the 12/1 in the betting 'Without Mercedes' market with Bet365 looks a better punt for the Dane. Each-way terms of 1/5 odds for a top three finish could well see you paid out on a top 5 finish at 12/5 which compares favourably to the 5/4 on a top 6 finish price.

The weekend of course takes place under a cloud; with Marussia man Jules Bianchi fighting for his life after his horror accident in Japan. That means that Marussia will race just one car this weekend, so anyone betting on the total finishers market should be aware we start with just 21 runners. The Safety Car could also be relatively more likely to be deployed, with F1 acutely aware that they are under the spotlight right now.

Jenson Button Top 6 Finish 10/11 Bet365
Kevin Magnussen Without Mercedes 12/1 Bet365
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