Patriotism is in the drivers seat this week as punters with online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au get behind local hero Daniel Ricciardo to win the Australian Grand Prix.
Despite being on the fourth line of betting at $15, Ricciardo is clearly the punters pick, with more money bet on him than every other driver put together.
This includes Lewis Hamilton who is the second best backed and clear favourite at $2.10.
Whether Ricciardo wins or falls agonisingly short, the Australian Grand Prix organisers will raise the chequered flag in victory, with a line of $1.87 set for the crowd to be over or under 106,000.
Despite the Ricciardo factor, a record crowd looks a long shot, priced at $7.50.
“Ricciardo came so close last year, but the fact that it is all one way traffic on him despite the form Hamilton is in speaks volume of just how much the Aussies are behind him. Win or lose, we are tipping he will draw a massive crowd,” said sportsbet.com.au’s Shaun Anderson.
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Crowd Size, Melbourne GP Raceday
$1.87 Over 106,000
$1.87 Under 106,000
Will the raceday crowd be a record
Australian Grand Prix winner
$2.10 Lewis Hamilton
$3.00 Nico Roseberg
$11 Lewis Hamilton
$15 Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo
$21 Kimi Raikkonen
$23 Felipe Massa
Daniel Ricciardo specials
Riccardo to stuff it up?
$1.45 Ricciardo not to finish on the podium
$3.75 Ricciardo not to finish in the top 6
$6.00 Ricciardo not to finish in the top 10
Ricciardo to dominate?
$3.60 Ricciardo to finish on the podium
$1.45 Ricciardo to finish in the top 6