How the Bookies See It
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- Lewis Hamilton has turned things around remarkably well in recent months. Having been trailing in the Drivers’ Championship table to Sebastian Vettel, the Brit has won five of the last seven races, not only wiping out Vettel’s lead but establishing one of his own. Hamilton achieved his first ever pole position at Suzuka in Japan, and he stayed in front for the duration of the race, but the gap between himself and next-best Max Verstappen was reducing rapidly in the closing stages after Hamilton reported vibrations in his tyres. Fortunately, Hamilton held on to win by just 1.21 seconds, picking up 25 points for the win and bringing his 2017 total to 306 points.
- Sebastian Vettel has experienced a complete reversal of fortunes of late, and things went from bad to worse in the Japanese Grand Prix. Vettel had secured second place on the grid, and it was expected that he and Hamilton would be involved in an epic battle for supremacy, but Vettel dropped down to sixth place on the first lap due to spark plug problems. The German was forced to retire on Lap 4, which means that he failed to take any points from the race, and remains on a total of 247.
- Valtteri Bottas started the Japanese Grand Prix in sixth place, and managed to squeak into fourth by the end of Lap 12. Bottas drove deftly enough throughout the race to keep himself out of trouble, and achieved the fastest lap of the race at 1:33.144, but didn’t have the opportunity to further improve on his position. That meant Bottas ended up just missing out on a podium finish, but on a brighter note he earned 12 points for his performance, bringing his season total to 234, which is now just 13 points behind second-placed Vettel.
Lewis Hamilton now looks fairly nailed-on to win the 2017 Drivers' Championship title – an observation that is reflected in the fact that bookmakers are offering paltry odds about him doing so. There is little to fault with his driving in the last few months, and that also makes him the clear form pick to win the US Grand Prix this Sunday. Hamilton is currently tied with Michael Schumacher for the most US Grand Prix wins (they have each won five times) and he has won this race four times in the last five years, so it is hard to oppose the Brit as he strives to win again this year.
Sports.net’s Top Tip
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