How the Bookies See It
- Azerbaijan Grand Prix Winner: Lewis Hamilton 1/1, Sebastian Vettel 15/8, Valtteri Bottas 5/1 – Ladbrokes
- 2017 Drivers’ Championship: Lewis Hamilton 1/1, Sebastian Vettel 1/1, Valtteri Bottas 50/1 – Sky Bet
- 2017 Constructors’ Championship: Mercedes 4/9, Ferrari 15/8, Red Bull 500/1 – William Hill
- Lewis Hamilton achieved his third win of the season in the Canadian Grand Prix, bringing his total points for the season thus far to 129, which is just 12 behind the 141 points of current table leader Sebastian Vettel. The Brit started in pole position and was in charge for the entirety of the race, claiming the sixth Canadian success of his career more than 19 seconds ahead of next best Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton has now won just as many races this season as main rival, Vettel, and he will no doubt be looking to consolidate the win by achieving his fourth success in Azerbaijan this Sunday.
- Sebastian Vettel will have been disappointed to finish the race in Montreal in fourth place, given that he started second on the grid, but it could have been a lot worse. The Ferrari driver had a run-in with Max Verstappen on Turn One, which meant that he had to pit early for a front wing replacement, and he was trailing in last place on the fifth lap. However, the German was in no mood to let Hamilton completely erase the 25 points Championship advantage that he had previously established, and he drove superbly to claw his way back to finish in fourth place.
- Valtteri Bottas once again started in third place on the grid for the Canadian Grand Prix, but he improved on that position to finish in second, giving Mercedes a welcome one-two. That was the first one-two of the season for Mercedes, and the fourth podium finish of the season for Bottas. Hamilton later praised his team-mate for his performance, and the Finnish driver will be keen to add another podium finish to his tally in Azerbaijan.
The continuing battle between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton for overall supremacy is making life rather tricky for bettors, as it is becoming increasingly difficult to predict which of the two rivals will dominate the next event. Whilst both drivers demonstrated superb ability in Canada, luck is also playing a part in determining the outcomes, and it is impossible to say how the race would have ended had Vettel not encountered his difficulties on the first lap.
The fact that Vettel came back from sitting in last place to finishing in fourth reveals an enormous amount about the current mindset of the four-time champion, and we expect him to be equally aggressive and determined this Sunday. Neither Hamilton nor Vettel have won races back-to-back this season, so we will cautiously side with the to-and-fro pattern to continue, and tip the German to win.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: Sebastian Vettel to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix – 15/8 at Ladbrokes
*Please note, odds may change as the race approaches.