Take it to the Max as Lewis clinches crown

MEX­ICO GRAND PRIX Sun­day, 7pm, Sky F1

The Racing Paper - - Golf - by Mike Fran­cis

IF you’ve ever dreamed of stak­ing a grand to win two quid, then it’s your lucky day as that’s the daft price for Lewis Hamil­ton to win the For­mula One driv­ers’ ti­tle.

With three races to go, the book­ies are al­ready look­ing to next sea­son and have chalked up 6/5 for the Brit to re­tain the crown he hasn’t quite won yet.

If you be­lieve in mir­a­cles, Se­bas­tian Vet­tel is 50/1 for what would be the most amaz­ing turn­around in sport­ing his­tory.

It would mean three re­tire­ments for Hamil­ton and a hat-trick of wins for the Ger­man.

Af­ter Kimi Raikko­nen landed his first win in 113 at­tempts in the States last week­end, we roll into Mex­ico where Hamil­ton would be wise to drive a con­ser­va­tive race and just get the points he needs for the ti­tle.

So we’ll ig­nore the English­man this week­end, as­sume he won’t push it on a cir­cuit where there are plenty of over­tak­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Max Ver­stap­pen man­aged to move through the field in Texas, turn­ing his 18th place start into a bril­liant sec­ond by the che­quered flag.

His driv­ing style should be suited to this cir­cuit and the Red Bull car can give the Fer­rari and Mercedes a run for its money.

With the pres­sure on Vet­tel and Hamil­ton hope­fully in sec­ond gear, Ver­stap­pen has a sport­ing chance of a de­served win which has been priced at 5/1 by William Hill while some firms are only threes.

If that’s push­ing it a lit­tle, the Red Bull man is 3/4 with the same layer to make the podium and that would be no sur­prise at all.

Hamil­ton is 2/1 for the win, while Vet­tel looks skinny at 13/8.

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