How the Bookies See It
|Abu Dhabi Winner||
|2018 Drivers' Championship Winner||
- Lewis Hamilton went to the Brazilian Grand Prix after finishing in ninth place in Mexico, and was hoping to bounce back with a podium finish at the very least, but things didn’t quite go to plan. The 2017 Drivers’ Championship winner crashed out during qualifying, and ended up starting the Brazilian race from the pit lane, in 20th place. Incredibly, thanks to a combination of superb driving and having a new power unit on his car, Hamilton fought through the pack to eventually finish the race in fourth place. That wasn’t a podium finish, of course, but it should certainly be encouraging for anyone who fancies betting on the Brit to win the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.
- Sebastian Vettel had no problems during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, and started the race in second place on the grid. The skilful German then managed to get past Valtteri Bottas, who was on pole, and take the lead in the very first lap. With his main rival Hamilton focused on his own task of climbing through the ranks from the rear of the field, Vettel’s job was to make sure he kept ahead of the pack. It wasn’t an easy task, but Vettel succeeded in winning the race just 2.72 seconds ahead of Bottas, and took his season tally to 302 points, which should be enough to secure second place in the Championship.
- Valtteri Bottas was in the best possible starting position for the penultimate race of the season, but was soon bettered by Vettel and had to try and regain his lead. The Finnish driver put in a valiant effort, and was less than three seconds away from succeeding when he crossed the finish line, but had to settle for second place and 18 points. That puts Bottas on 280 points for the season which is well clear of Daniel Ricciardo, who is in fourth place on the Drivers’ Championship table, with 200 points.
Vettel achieved a well-deserved victory in Brazil, but how he would have fared if Hamilton hadn’t started in 20th place is something that we will never know. What we can say with confidence is that Hamilton was understandably pleased with his performance, and will be looking to rubber-stamp his authority on the sport in the final race of the season this Sunday. Whilst there is obviously still plenty of room for a final surprise, we will side with Hamilton to end his fourth Championship-winning season with a win in Abu Dhabi.
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*Please note, odds may change as the race approaches.