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Our F1 expert looks further down the order for Malaysian GP value

| 29.09.2017

After 19 years as an ever-present on the Formula 1 calendar, this weekend will be the final Malaysian Grand Prix after the race organisers ended its contract early.

Sepang is a popular circuit with the drivers due to its wide, high-speed nature that allows good racing as well as the opportunity to push a car to its limits.

But for the fans, the threat of heavy rain adds an extra spice to proceedings.

After a dramatic Singapore Grand Prix, here are three markets to take a look at as the title race hots up.

Hulkenberg to finish in the top six @ 2/1

Renault has a car that works well on most circuits now, and Nico Hulkenberg was impressive in Singapore before being forced to retire with reliability issues.

While the midfield battle is extremely tight behind the top three teams, the German finished sixth in Spain, Britain and Belgium, and will eye a repeat if one of the Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull drivers hit trouble.

Gasly to score on debut @ 11/4

Pierre Gasly replaces Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso this weekend after a poor season for the Russian so far, with Gasly in line for a full-time seat in 2018.

Having finished first, first and second in his last three Super Formula races, Gasly is in fine form and the car is capable of at least challenging for points.

Scoring on debut would be an impressive result, but Gasly’s likely cautious approach could pay off if this is a race of attrition.

Vettel to retire on the opening lap @ 40/1

Now, this would be a terrible result for anyone who wants to see the title fight go to the wire, but Vettel does have history.

Not only did he ruin my tip for victory last time out in Singapore, he also crashed out on the opening lap here in Malaysia a year ago, fighting with – you’ve guessed it – Max Verstappen.

Focused so much on the Red Bull last year, Vettel hit Nico Rosberg and spun the Mercedes, the Ferrari retiring as a result. You can get lightning striking twice at 40/1.

All Odds and Markets correct as of the date of publication



Chris Medland

Chris is F1 correspondent for and magazine as well as a contributor for F1 Racing and AutosportME. When he’s not chasing F1 around the world he’s usually found in a less glamorous setting, keeping an eye on the fortunes of Yeovil Town.