Take it to the Max as Lewis clinches crown
MEXICO GRAND PRIX Sunday, 7pm, Sky F1
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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