F1 2016 - Australian Grand Prix

With the practice sessions so far being mostly washed out due to the unexpectedly damp Melbourne weather, it's hard to gauge how the first race of the year might turn out. We don't have any clearer a picture of where the manufacturers stand than we did from pre season testing, and with the complications of the new qualifying rules, where instead of taking the final times in each session the drivers are slowly eliminated one at a time, predicting the grid has become something of a crapshoot as well.

That said, we're tempted to have a little flutter on Nico Rosberg for pole position. We know that all the talk is of Lewis Hamilton and whether he can win three championships back to back, but Rosberg brought some immense form at the end of last season. He took the last three wins, and the last six pole positions, and when he's on it he can absolutely match the one lap pace of Lewis Hamilton.

We think he's worth backing for pole, and the best place to pick him up is at BoyleSports, at a decent 7/4.

We'd like to think that Rosberg is well in with a chance for the race win on Sunday too, but the punters and bookies all seem to agree that Lewis Hamilton is once again the driver to be on. There's certainly nothing in his form to suggest otherwise, and it wouldn't surprise us to find him on the top step of the podium once the chequered flag has fallen.

His odds aren't hugely tempting, but the best place to back him is at Ladbrokes, who are offering the best price we could find available at 5/6.

Finally, if you want something to back that will make the race below the top three more interesting, we're tempted by the possibility of a turnaround in McLaren's form. The Honda engine is now delivering more power, and by all accounts their chassis is no slouch. We're not expecting to see them on the podium any time soon, but if you head to SkyBet you can back Jenson Button to finish in the points at a not too shabby 2/1. You can even go further and back him to finish in the top six at 8/1, with his teammate Fernando Alonso offered at slightly shorter odds for both options.

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