Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has a superb chance of winning this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, according to figures from sports betting intelligence provider AEX Analytics.
The Dutchman has won 11 races so far this season, and he comes into the final six rounds of the year 116 points ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in the Drivers’ Standings.
Verstappen could win the championship this weekend under the lights, although he would need Leclerc to finish eighth or lower, with team-mate Sergio Perez failing to make the podium.
The reigning champion is more than likely to get the job done at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka a week later, but his father, Jos, has vowed to attend every event so that he can be there when his son’s second title comes home.
The Marina Bay Street Circuit is one that is expected to suit Ferrari more than Red Bull, and the intense heat, coupled with a downforce-oriented track, might also bring Mercedes into play.
Sir Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have not yet won a race for Mercedes, and this weekend will see the drivers take to a similar track to that of Hungary, where the 24-year-old took pole position.
However, the seven-time champion has only been given a 23.8 percent chance of success on the streets, having last achieved a podium at the Mercedes-friendly Hungaroring.
Perez and Carlos Sainz will be vying to be in the fight for Red Bull and Ferrari, respectively, so not for the first time this season, there might well be a six-way fight for pole and the win.
Ahead of this weekend, Hamilton conceded that he had “no idea” whether the Silver Arrows were going to be strong, but we do not have long to find out, with first practice getting underway on Friday.
Red Bull have a 139-point lead in the Constructors’ Standings, so they are nearly across the line, but the battle for second is still on – Mercedes are just 35 behind Ferrari.