How the Bookies See It
- Race Winner: Lewis Hamilton 1/1, Nico Rosberg 13/10, Daniel Ricciardo 12/1 – Paddy Power
- Drivers’ Championship: Nico Rosberg 2/9, Lewis Hamilton 3/1 – William Hill
- Podium Finish: Lewis Hamilton 1/4, Nico Rosberg 1/4, Daniel Ricciardo 1/1 – Ladbrokes
- Lewis Hamilton ended a losing run of five races when he won the United States Grand Prix last Sunday, and in doing so he managed to shave seven points off the gap between himself and Drivers’ Championship leader Nico Rosberg. Hamilton has now won seven races this season, and stands on 305 points, which is two races and 26 points less than his German rival. The good news for Hamilton fans is that he won the United States Grand Prix in style, starting in pole position and leading the way throughout, indicating a confident return to the kind of form he was in earlier in the season.
- Nico Rosberg may have finished his previous race in second place, but he was only 4.52 seconds behind his Mercedes team mate after losing position early on, so his podium finish was well earned. Rosberg’s second place meant that Hamilton could only close the gap for the Drivers’ Championship by seven points, so the German did well to limit the damage done and ‘all’ he has to do to win the title is finish in second place or better in each of the last three races of the season.
- Daniel Ricciardo achieved a third place finish in the United States Grand Prix, and that puts him on 227 points and third in the table for the Drivers’ Championship. The Australian has no chance of winning the title this year, but he could still add to his sole Grand Prix win of 2016, which came at the beginning of the month in Malaysia.
Lewis Hamilton’s win in Austin came at just the right time to revive any hopes he might have about winning the title, but if he is to achieve that objective he will need to continue winning and also hope that Rosberg will slip up at some point along the way. That said, Hamilton isn’t one to give up without a fight, and he will be doing everything possible to win the title, so we can expect him to give his all once again this Sunday.
Rosberg will, of course, be trying just as desperately to retain as strong a grip on the title as he can in Mexico, and we would not be at all surprised to see him go just as close as he did in the United States. Our prediction is therefore for another Mercedes one-two, and we will side with Hamilton to win the race for betting purposes.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: Lewis Hamilton to win the Mexican Grand Prix at 1/1 – Paddy Power
*Please note, odds may change as the race approaches.