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Australian GP: Exciting Toro Rosso rookies can squeeze into Q3

| 12.03.2015

Keeping with tradition the 2015 Formula One season begins with the Australian Grand Prix and while British motor racing fans will have to forgo a Saturday morning lie in to watch it, the serious business of qualifying will take place from 7.00-8 a.m GMT.

The sensible thing to do then, just in case those after work Friday drinks escalate, is to place your bets well in advance.

Here at news.Ladbrokes we’ll try to assist with this process.

After a season of Mercedes domination in 2014 and a proceeding winter of testing which rubber-stamped the Silver Arrows’ authority, it won’t be a surprise to anyone with half a clue about F1 how the qualifying markets shape up Down Under.

World champion Lewis Hamilton is the 10/11 favourite ahead of Nico Rosberg (11/8) to go fastest in Q3 at Melbourne’s Albert Park and having sat on pole a year ago, the German’s price is certainly the choice.

Williams’ Felipe Massa (20/1) was the only man to break the Mercedes duopoly on pole positions across the 19 races last season – when capitalising on a freak weekend for the Constructors Champions – so there really is little point chancing your arm in this market.

However, the mid-table teams’ scrap to reach the final Q3 session is worth exploration and Toro Rosso’s exciting new line-up in particular.

Max Verstappen (2/1) and Carlos Sainz Junior (5/1) make up an all-new line up; the youngest in Formula One history at 17 and 20 respectively, though no one is taking the duo or their team lightly in 2015.

After a really positive winter testing for the team, where both drivers clocked among the highest individual mileages, Red Bull’s little brother will look for another successful Grand Prix in Australia after last year’s efforts.

Both Toro Rosso cars made it into Q3 in 2014 and produced points finishes as a direct result, while the likely absence of the struggling McLarens from the final session only aids their chances.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.