Nico Rosberg holds a healthy 24-point lead in the Championship standings, but Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton is very much still in contention following a thrilling win in the sixth Grand Prix of the season at Monte Carlo’s Circuit de Monaco. The bookies reckon that everyone else is competing for third spot overall, but there are still lots of exciting betting markets ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.
How the Bookies See it
- Race Winner: Hamilton 6/5, Rosberg 13/8, Daniel Ricciardo 7/1, Sebastian Vettel 9/1 - Paddy Power
- Pole Position: Hamilton at evens, Rosberg 15/8, Ricciardo 13/2, Vettel 9/1 - Coral
- Drivers’ Championship: Hamilton 10/11, Rosberg 11/10, Ricciardo 14/1, Max Verstappen 40/1 - Sky Bet
- Rosberg won the first four races of the season, but crashed out in Spain and finished down in seventh at the Monaco Grand Prix.
- Verstappen became the youngest Formula 1 race winner in history at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, before Ricciardo continued Red Bull’s good form with a pole position and second place in Monaco.
- Hamilton triumphed in the most recent race in Monaco and has good memories of the Canadian Grand Prix, having won last year for the fourth time.
The momentum appears to be very much with Hamilton, who was back to his dazzling best in Monaco and has a great record at the Canadian Grand Prix. The odds on Hamilton are therefore unspectacular, with bookies deciding to make him favourite not just for this race but also the Drivers’ Championship despite his 24-point deficit.
The real value can probably be found in the Red Bull pairing of Verstappen and Ricciardo. Verstappen’s remarkable breakthrough in Spain confirmed his reputation as a star in the making, but his subsequent performance at Monaco showed that he still has a lot to learn, while Ricciardo has been much more consistent.
The Australian, still only 26 himself, has completed all six races so far this year and been in the top four on five of those occasions. Red Bull have been making some shrewd upgrades throughout the season and have developed a car which is perfectly suited to the type of slow corners which they will encounter in Montreal. It may be a stretch to suggest that Ricciardo is ready to challenge Hamilton on a weekly basis, but he certainly has the confidence, skill and conditions in Canada to build on his second-placed finish in Monaco.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Daniel Ricciardo for a podium finish at evens - Sky Bet