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Vettel is the favourite but Kimi and Hamilton offer the value

| 12.04.2013

After a three-week hiatus, the third round of the 2013 Formula One season sees the teams arrive in China, a venue at which nobody can claim to dominate, leading to a wide-open market for punters.

Nine previous races here have yielded eight different winners, with only Lewis Hamilton claiming more than one victory in Shanghai.

Sebastian Vettel is 15/8 for a second successive win after his controversial success in Malaysia, and he’s the safe bet in conjunction with our Ladbrokes money back offer.

There is plenty of value to be had around the German’s main challengers though, with Hamilton at 8/1 to win this weekend – a solid price for a man who pushed the Red Bulls hard in Sepang last time out, and he’s now with the Mercedes team which dominated this race last year in the hands of Nico Rosberg.

Australian winner Kimi Raikkonen could also be a threat, even though the Lotus may not be able to boast the all-out speed of the Red Bull or Ferrari.

It’s lack of outright pace could well be compensated by it’s easy-going nature on tyres, with the four round things again expected to be the dominant factor in this Sunday’s race and a price of 7/1 on the 2007 world champion could prove rewarding.

One man who has started the year in the sparkling form in which he ended 2012 is Ferrari’s Felipe Massa.

The Brazilian has quietly gone about his business in recent races, out-qualifying Fernando Alonso in four successive Grand Prix.

While the Spaniard is at 7/2 for victory in China, a revitalised Massa in a clearly competitive Ferrari is a tempting outsider at 20/1 for an E/W punt.

All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publishing. 

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.