- Jean-Eric Vergne has held pole position three times this season, winning twice. Previous to the 2017-18 campaign beginning, the 27-year-old had just one win to his name. Last time out, at Punta del Este in Uruguay, he survived a late nudge from rival di Grassi to keep his race-long lead and finish 0.447 seconds ahead of the Brazilian.
- Felix Rosenqvist could only limp home in fifth position in the most recent race. The Swede started the season brightly, stepping to the top of the podium in races two and three, but he finished fourth in Santiago and retired early in Mexico City before the disappointment in Uruguay.
- Sebastien Buemi was rocked by missing out on the 2016-17 title in the final race of the season, and this term he seems to be suffering the hangover. Following 11th and tenth-placed finishes in the opener in Hong Kong, he came second in Marrakesh and third in both Santiago and Mexico City. However, he broke the rear suspension on his car in Punta del Este after hitting the barrier, forcing him to retire.
- Lucas di Grassi may have taken the glory in 2016-17, but his 2017-18 campaign has been blighted by reliability issues with his car. It took him until the fifth race of the year to score any points, which he followed up last time out with his first podium, suggesting he could be coming back with a vengeance. The Brazilian claims he has “little to lose” this weekend, which is surely meant as a threat to leader Vergne.
Uruguay was the Vergne and di Grassi show with the two neck-and-neck for much of the race. Their two cars connected close to the finish line, but both survived to finish and add to their totals for the season.
Vergne has been consistent this season and is clearly relishing life at the top, but you can’t keep a good man down, and di Grassi is a hugely skilful driver. With momentum on his side, it’s worth taking a punt on the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver notching his first win of the term.
In addition, with six races still to run, Ladbrokes’ 33/1 on him claiming the drivers’ championship seems very generous. If he can put together a decent run, that could come back to haunt the bookie.