F1 Bahrain GP Raikkonen Fastest Lap

Other sports - F1 2016 Bahrain GP - 03 Apr 16:00

A value tip for this weekends Bahrain GP and it is for Kimi Raikkonen to score the fastest lap of the race this weekend

Raikkonen has scored more fastest laps than any other driver on the current grid with 42 in 232 race starts

Compare his fastest laps (42) to his race wins (20) and pole positions (16) and we can see that Raikkonen clearly likes hitting those quick laps even when a race win is not possible

Other drivers worth noting are Hamilton (50 poles, 43 wins) but just 28 fastest laps, or perhaps Vettel (46 poles, 42 wins) and just 25 fastest laps

The only other driver (to be racing this weekend) with double figures for fastest laps is Rosberg with 14 (he has 22 poles and 15 race wins)

If we split wins, poles and fastest laps down into percentages for each driver we get stats like these:

Raikkonen: Fastest Laps = 53.85%, Wins 25.64%, Poles 20.51%

Hamilton: Fastest Laps = 23.14%, Wins 35.54%, Poles 41.32%

Vettel: Fastest Laps = 22.12%, Wins 37.17%, Poles 40.71%

Rosberg: Fastest Laps = 27.45%, Wins 29.41%, Poles 43.14%

Raikkonen has a good record at the Bahrain GP throughout his career and is perhaps his best track

Since 2005 he has finished 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd and 6th before taking a break from F1. Upon his return in 2012 he has finished 2nd, 2nd, 10th and 2nd

Note that this run includes races for Lotus in 2012 and 2013 - a car that was by no means the quickest in F1

Another thing that leads me to Raikkonen is tyre strategy from last season in this race

Mercedes and Ferrari both ran 2 sets of softs and 1 set of medium tyres during the race but Ferrari opted to use soft tyres on both Vettel and Raikkonens car towards the end of the race - compared with Mercedes using medium tyres at the end

This softer tyre is a quicker but less durable tyre and fastest laps are often set towards the end of the race when fuel loads are lower and there is more grip available, indeed, Raikkonen picked up the fastest lap in this race last year too

There is value in this for me with one bookmaker offering just 9/2 for this bet but Unibet offer a much better 11/1 for Raikkonen to get the fastest lap. Value bet so low stakes from me
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