Irony: getting a tip right (and even a green weekend) on the first race for ages you barely watch. First profitable weekend since Silverstone, and although (discounting the non-tipped Grosjean lay) the profit margin’s only 10% of one stake, I won’t complain. As Kermit the Frog once said, it’s not easy being green.
Been a shade off-colour/sleepy today. Nothing serious but I couldn’t really give the race my attention. However, both Red Bulls got on the podium, so that’s rather splendid.
Hulkenberg did well to retain fifth, ahead of Rosberg’s Mercedes. The Sauber driver is certainly doing his career prospects no harm at all with a performance like that, after a very solid qualifying. If/when the driver markets come up I might back him for the Ferrari seat, contingent upon the odds.
Ricciardo had a solid seventh, one place down on his starting slot, and Grosjean rose slightly from thirteenth to eighth.
Mercedes had a lacklustre result, with Rosberg sixth and Hamilton suffering radio breakdown and a slow puncture and managing only ninth. As a result Ferrari have narrowly moved into second in the Constructors’, but Red Bull are miles ahead.
Red Bull were the fastest yet again today, but Ferrari were pretty close. It was also surprising and impressive that Hulkenberg’s Sauber only slipped from third to fifth, and that happened before the first corner.
Force India had a terrible race. Di Resta failed to finish lap 1, and Sutil managed a feeble sixteenth.
On a sidenote I very much enjoyed the Predator-vision thermal camera, which showed nicely the temperature differences on tyres during the course of a lap.
The betting problem is largely due to qualifying. I’ve just had a quick look through and it seems that I’m mostly right when betting on pole, and mostly wrong when not. So, maybe the answer is to bet on pole position and nothing else.
Well, it seems Vettel is destined for another title. Annoyingly, Alonso also seems likely to get a top 3 finish. I laid such a possibility when Ferrari seemed to have dropped off the pace, since when he’s had consecutive podium finishes. The cad.
Red Bull 352
Red Bull would need to break both of Vettel’s legs to somehow fail to get both titles. I expect Mercedes to beat Ferrari, though. Rosberg and Hamilton had a slightly poor qualifying at Monza, and they’ll probably be very competitive in Singapore (the Mercedes is better at such circuits, I believe).
The next race is in Singapore, in a fortnight.