Lewis Hamilton

F1 Preview: Hamilton’s Title Odds Cut After Spanish Success

2017-05-15
The updated Formula One title odds following the Spanish Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton has been cut to 3/4 to win the Formula One drivers’ championship after his victory in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel still leads the championship but Hamilton is now only six points behind after delivering the perfect response to his off-colour performance in Russia to record his second victory of the season.

His victory in Barcelona could prove to be pivotal in a championship battle with Vettel which has all the hallmarks of a classic. And while Hamilton will take the plaudits for his second win of the season, and the 55th of his quite remarkable career, it is his Mercedes team who deserve plenty of credit, too.

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Their quick-thinking ploy to pit Hamilton in the closing moments of the virtual safety car period caught Ferrari on the back foot and enabled the British driver to slash a near-eight second deficit to Vettel in the blink of an eye.

Hamilton's ensuing overtake on Vettel clinched a remarkable fightback and ensured the triple world champion will arrive in Monaco six points shy of Vettel rather than 20, with Vettel now 13/10 for the title.

In the early outright betting for the Monaco Grand Prix, Hamilton is 6/5 to make it back-to-back wins while Vettel is 13/10 to respond with a victory. Valtteri Bottas is 8/1 for his second win of the season.

Mercedes are 4/9 to win the constructors’ title after moving eight points clear in the standings, with Ferrari 8/5.