Racing continues for Formula 1 fans with the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix on October 8. Here are the drivers favored by online sportsbooks to win this weekend.
Mexico City will most likely crown the Formula 1 World Champion on Monday, as professional drivers head to the Central American country on October 28 for the F1 Mexican Grand Prix.
Four-time Drivers’ Championship winner Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport has all but secured his fifth title, leading the second best in the standings by a mile. But his rival, four-time champion Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, could spoil the party.
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The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez will witness once again a great battle between the elite vehicles in open-cockpit racing. These are the three drivers poised to climb at the top of the podium in front of the overwhelmingly Mexican F1 fans, according to online sportsbooks.
Vettel – Ferrari
Vettel has been on a rut recently. The German racing champion has committed uncharacteristic mistakes throughout the season, spinning three times in the last five Grand Prix and costing him points that left him 70 points away from the top spot with only three races left.
“If you are the one spinning then obviously something didn’t go right. Obviously now it’s happened a couple of times too much. Next time there will be a gap I’m sure I will go for a gap but, surely, it’s in the back of your head trying to keep the car facing the right direction.”
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As of October 26, Vettel is leading the sportsbooks with his odds of winning the race at 33/20, 13/8, and 11/8 at 1xBit, bet365, and William Hill respectively. He also needs to lead at the final lap of the race as well. Anything else would effectively hand the title to the championship leader.
Hamilton – Mercedes
Hamilton, that championship leader, needs to only finish at least in seventh place to win the Drivers’ Championship, regardless if his Ferrari counterpart wins the race.
Should he win the title this week, this would be the second time in a row that the world champion was decided in Mexico. Last year, Hamilton won the title at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez despite finishing only ninth after Vettel failed to finish third, the place needed to keep the Ferrari driver’s title race alive.
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Hamilton, talking about a potential fifth win, said:
“The first one felt incredibly hard already but from then on it just got harder and harder to win a championship. [This] year particularly has been one of the most enjoyable years with the things that I have been faced with. So if I were to win the title, I think it would definitely be one that I would be probably most proud of and be able to appreciate the most.”
Barring any mechanical failure or—just like in the United States—a strategic blunder, Hamilton is favored to secure the championship. Sportsbook 1xBit priced his odds of a win at 7/4. Meanwhile, bet365 and William Hill have similar odds of 7/4.
Verstappen – Red Bull
With the two top dogs scrambling for points, 2017 Mexican GP race winner and Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen could sneak his way into another victory.
The aggressive young Dutchman has managed only five podium finishes, including one race win, driving what many consider as an unreliable Red Bull unit. An impressive second-place finish in the US Grand Prix behind a spectacular performance, together with his win last year, has raised Verstappen’s stock.
Wow! From P18 to P2 ? Unexpected, but very happy! We had a great race pace and the right strategy, thank you @redbullracing ?? And thanks to all fans for voting me Driver of the Day ?? #KeepPushing #USGP ?? pic.twitter.com/b3hCK9qjep
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) October 21, 2018
1xBit has priced the odds of a Verstappen first-place finish at 7/2. Bet365 has a similar offer at 7/2, while William Hill gave him 5/1.
Meanwhile, here are the winning odds priced by 1xBit for some of the big names in the field.
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari – 10/1
Daniel Ricciardio, Red Bull – 11/1
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes – 14/1
Sergio Perez, Racing Point Force India – 999/1