The Formula One season makes its way to Italy for the next stop on its glamorous world tour. One of the world’s most famous circuits will host an increasingly fascinating title race. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel finished second and third at Monza last year, but the victor, Nico Rosberg, is nowhere to be seen this year.
Hamilton won last time out at Spa to shrink Vettel’s lead at the top of the championship table to a mere seven points. Victory for Hamilton at Monza would guarantee that he would at least equal Vettel’s tally; quite the motivation for the Mercedes man.
Two multiple world champions are set to go to the wire for this season’s title. It could be one of the best climaxes to a Formula One season in recent memory, particularly given the bubbling rivalry between the two.
With the attention turning to Italy – where Vettel will benefit from the extraordinary Ferrari support – Hamilton is strong favourite to be standing atop the podium once more
It was a battling victory at Spa in many ways, having to fight off the German after the field was bunched up by a safety car. The 11/20 price on Hamilton is very low and doesn't represent great value given the consistent competitiveness of the Ferraris throughout this season.
Should you fancy Hamilton to notch his sixth win of the season at Monza, however, the price for Bottas to make the podium is a decent one at 9/20.
The calm Finn has shown he can go toe-to-toe with Hamilton and Vettel in qualification and could spring a surprise if the Mercedes have good pace this weekend. Bottas’ price of 9/2 to win the race might be worth considering too, but the influence of DRS at Monza might lessen his chances with Hamilton’s race pace often quicker.
Daniel Ricciardo – who might well be the happiest man in all of sport – is a good outside shout for a podium berth. His 3/1 price is good value given the underwhelming performances of Kimi Raikkonen and having taken two podiums from the last four races.
When we take a look at how this could all impact the Championship odds, Hamilton’s have fallen further since his Belgian Grand Prix victory and we can expect another drop if he picks up 25 points here.
His position as title favourite is still a bit surprising, and the 11/20 odds hardly acknowledge the exceptional performance of the Ferrari so far this season, which has often been quicker than the Mercedes. As a result, it’s a great time to get some money on Vettel at 6/4.