Hamilton 17/20 For Azerbaijan Win

F1 Preview: Hamilton 17/20 For Azerbaijan Win

2017-06-22
Preview of Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix on the streets of Baku.

Lewis Hamilton is 17/20 to continue his recent revival by winning the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku on Sunday.

The British driver got his championship challenge firmly back on track after he reduced the title deficit to Sebastian Vettel with victory in Canada.

The 32-year-old Englishman is now just 12 points behind his Ferrari rival with four rounds remaining before Formula One's summer break. Hamilton is again the favourite in the outright betting for the drivers’ championship, with his odds having been cut to 17/20 while Vettel has been eased out to 19/20.

While Hamilton has hauled himself back into the title race following his third consecutive Montreal triumph and his third victory of the season, he will be keen to lay to rest the demons of his last outing in

Azerbaijan. The triple world champion started last year's inaugural race on the streets of Baku in emphatic fashion as he led the way in practice. But he then hit the wall in qualifying before crossing the line only in fifth after spending much of the race in the wrong engine mode setting.

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Hamilton has proven this year that when he is on it from the get-go - as was the case in China, Spain and Canada - he is largely unbeatable. He needs another strong weekend to keep the pressure on Vettel and is 3/5 to secure pole position in qualifying on Saturday.

Vettel is 6/4 to extend his lead with victory on Sunday, while Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas is third in the betting at 11/2.

Fernando Alonso is braced for another difficult weekend behind the wheel of his McLaren as he faces a grid penalty following his engine failure on the penultimate lap of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Alonso, 35, was due to score both his and McLaren's first point of the season only for his Honda engine to conk out and he is 19/20 not to finish the race.

Elsewhere on the grid, Jolyon Palmer is under growing pressure at Renault after his boss Cyril Abiteboul told the Briton he must start scoring points.

The 26-year-old is yet to open his account this season while his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg has finished in the top 10 at four of the last five races.  Palmer is 7/2 to outperform Hulkenberg on Sunday.