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Malaysia Pre-Qualifying Analysis

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Australia Pre-Qualifying Analysis

Rainstorms possible for qualifying

Free Practice Results
        FP1
FP2
1st
Webber
Raikkonen
2nd
Vettel
Webber
3rd
Vettel
Massa
4th
Alonso
Alonso
5th
Rosberg
Webber
6th
Sutil
Grosjean
7th
Massa
Rosberg
8th
di Resta
di Resta
9th
Hamilton
Hamilton
10th
Grosjean
Sutil
11th
Button
Perez
12th
Maldonado
Button
13th
Perez
Hulkenberg
14th
Hulkenberg
Guiterrez
15th
Gutierrez
Vergne
16th
Bottas
Maldonado
17th
Vergne
Ricciardo
18th
Ricciardo
Bianchi
Thundary showers are expected in qualifying, reports the BBC, making a chaotic qualifying likely. We have limited information about wet weather pace of each car. Last year, Alsono seemed quickest, qualifying 1st in both wet qualifying sessions. His odds of 12/1 (13.00) from Bet 365 look reasonable value for money. Also, Button was the fastest when it rained in FP2. Though it seems very unlikely that such a weak car could take pole, he has very high odds of 50/1 (51.00) from Bet 365. On the off chance his wet weather pace in FP2 was genuine he might be worth putting £1 or £2 on. However, with such little information this early in the season and the unpredictability of the rain, keeping bets low is recommended.

Previous Winners
2012
Alonso
2011
Vettel
2010
Vettel
2009
Button
2008
Raikkonen
2007
Alonso
2006
Fisichella
2005
Alonso
2004
Schumacher
2003
Raikkonen
2002
R Schumacher
There is no clear best bet if qualifying is dry. The top 3 drivers were within a 10th of a second in FP2. Vettel has very low odds of 1/1 (2.00) from Blue Square. After pole in Melbourne he may be the strongest contender though his times in free practice are far from dominant, making such odds are not good value for money. Raikkonen's odds of 5/1 (6.00) from Paddy Power also cannot be recommended because Raikkonen is rarely a strong qualifier. Massa is an interesting option, setting a very competitive time in free practice and usually qualifying higher than Alonso lately. His odds of 25/1 (26.00) from SkyBet may be worth £1 or £2. We should have much more information about the pace of each team for China, so keep bets low until then.

Odds above accurate at 22nd March, 21.28 GMT. Click to see live odds.

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