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16-Jul 2017 Sunday @ 2:59 PM (486 days ago)               #1
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Silverstone Promises Furious Racing and Exciting Betting

British Grand Prix

The Formula 1 is fast approaching its mid-season break, so all teams will be scrapping hard for points before their respective engineers improve their machines. Live betting fans can expect racing to get aggressive as the drivers at the top will be scrapping for all the points they can get.

Lewis Hamilton supporters are especially hopeful that their man will win on home soil. Despite betting websites booking him as the 1.60 outright favourite, the Briton is still far from confident of his chances. Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas have given online betting fans plenty of reasons to back them with their superb performances in their past races. Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate got 3.50 outright odds, while Vettel is booked third at 4.00.

Vettel has been outstanding this season, trading blows with the Briton throughout the season. Despite the forgettable offence he did at Azerbaijan, the German is the biggest hurdle Hamilton has to overcome. Bottas has always performed well in the speed traps of Silverstone and will surely gun for first after his strong win in Speilberg.

Hamilton himself is aware of how important this race is: “I want to win the British Grand Prix. I have not won the last two races. The pleasure it would give me, you can’t measure that. It’s always a must-win.”

Of course, these two aren’t the only drivers Hamilton should watch out for. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen (16.00) is hungry to follow up Daniel Ricciardo’s (21.00) win in Azerbaijan with a podium finish at Hamilton’s backyard. Kimi Raikkonen (21.00) may have been quiet throughout this season, but his consistent finishes may eventually result in him making a shock run for first.

Outside the sensational six, there are also drivers that will warrant your attention and bets. Force India’s Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon (501.00 each) are slowly creeping up on the top six and are expected to finish in good positions. Fernando Alonso (501.00) will start at the back of the grid due to the fresh engine penalty, but the Spaniard is focused on making the most out of the situation and come out with a positive one.

London is already giddy from F1’s Live London event, so expect the betting to be as furious and competitive as the racing on the track. Now that all the major players are here, we can now just sit back and enjoy the show.

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It’s a Perfect Homecoming for Strong Hamilton!

Lewis Hamilton can't ask for anything more after his British Grand Prix win as he not only delighted online betting fans with a sensational and record-equalling weekend but also reduced the gap to rival Sebastian Vettel to just one point.

To add more joy to the Mercedes victory, his teammate Valtteri Bottas defied betting odds and surprised live betting with a second-place finish despite coming all the way from ninth after being given a five-place grid penalty.

Indeed, in a day that British fans showed their support to their homegrown hero, Hamilton and his team didn't disappoint.

The 32-year-old knew that he needs everything to go his way on a weekend which he started 20 points behind Ferrari's Vettel in the championship standings, and he did well to make the most out of his pole position to establish his lead.

The result was never in doubt after Hamilton built a 3.1-second lead after 12 laps and five seconds after 18. Kimi Raikkonen went closest to challenging the Brit star, but the gap just grew bigger after the two made their pit stop and Hamilton cruised comfortably to the chequered flag.

Bottas, on the other hand, lessened the damage of his penalty, battling past the cars in front of him to get to fifth by Lap five. However, he did not stop there as he continued to run long, surpassing Vettel to third on Lap 43.

The Finn was behind Raikkonen in the closing stages, but a tyre problem gave Bottas the opportunity to bypass him for a Mercedes one-two finish.

Although Raikkonen eventually recovered and held his ground for third, the Ferrari team had a race to forget as their star driver Vettel dropped to seventh after suffering a front-tyre failure when competing for a podium finish with two laps to go.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who had a tense battle with the German ace in the early laps, took advantage of Vettel's tyre problem to finish fourth, while his teammate Daniel Ricciardo settled for fifth.

The win is Hamilton's fifth career win in the tournament, tying the all-time record set by Jim Clark and Alain Prost. It is also his fourth straight home win to add to his first victory for McLaren way back in 2008.

Hamilton now has 176 points in the drivers' standings while Vettel has 177. Bottas, meanwhile, stays third but with 154 points and well in contention for the championship.

In the Constructor standings, Mercedes are pulling away with 330 points while Ferrari have 275. Red Bull Racing are the only other team with three-digit points (174).

The next race is the Hungarian Grand Prix, which is the final stop before the F1 season enters a four-week summer break.

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All Smiles as the Big Hungary Race Delights!

Ferrari would undoubtedly go into the month-long break with smiles on their faces after Sebastian Vettel won and extended his championship lead. However, regardless of the result, F1 fans and the live betting faithful who bet online on the race were the real winners of the day following an eventful Hungarian Grand Prix.

Indeed, most online gambling fans already expected the result of the race considering that pole positions are important in a track like Hungaroring that doesn't exactly promote overtaking. Nonetheless, that didn't lessen the intensity of the race that featured quite a drama right from the start.

Vettel won the race after taking the pole position in qualifying. He finished almost a second ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, but he didn't win it comfortably as he suffered a steering wheel malfunction from the get-go that bothered him throughout.

Fortunately, the German driver held his ground despite a stifling contest from his teammate who pressured Ferrari to let him overtake Vettel for a chance to win and avoid any Mercedes threat.

Meanwhile, Vettel's main title rival, Lewis Hamilton, finished fourth after handing the last podium place to his Mercedes partner Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton started fourth from the grid and even dropped to fifth after Red Bull's Max Verstappen overtook him on Lap 2, but he was able to retake his lead in the latter stages and asked his Finn teammate to switch with him to try and take on the Ferrari's – promising that he will return the position to Bottas if he fails.

The Brit star eventually wasn't able to challenge Ferrari as they were left behind by more than 12 seconds; and true to his word, he let Bottas through in the final lap despite Verstappen closing in and trying to overtake.

On the other hand, Red Bull have another horror night after Verstappen rammed his teammate Daniel Ricciardo on the first lap and forced him to retire. The 19-year-old ran wide at the first corner and locked up his tyres before sliding into the Australian, earning the Dutch teenager a 10-second penalty which proved to be costly as he ended up fifth.

The other Top 10 finishers were left behind by more than a lap by the leading drivers. However, McLaren—who had lots of troubles in the past with their Honda engine—would still be satisfied with their performance after both of their drivers, Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne, finished well and got some championship points.

It was Ferrari's first one-two victory in Budapest in 13 years as they cut Mercedes' lead in the Constructor standings to just 39 points. For Vettel, he again increased his lead in the driver standings, now to 14 points.

For Hamilton, missing the podium can be costly as he lost an extra three points with what he did. Though, in terms of sportsmanship, he certainly won a lot of points for that.

Formula One racing will take a midseason break and will return in late August for the Belgian Grand Prix.

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The Big F1 Race Just Gets More Exciting!

Lewis Hamilton intensified Formula One live betting once again as he closed the gap to championship leader and title rival Sebastian Vettel to just seven points with a win in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Hamilton and Mercedes went into the race with a mission, and they made sure that they accomplished it with a scintillating performance in Spa-Francorchamps that undoubtedly kept sports betting fans at the edge of their seats throughout.

It was indeed not the best demonstration of his skill for the British driver, but it was certainly the most valiant as he held his nerve against Ferrari's Vettel who threatened to defy betting odds with a strong performance on a circuit that was expected to favour Mercedes' cars.

Vettel remained within a second and a half behind Hamilton for the most part, and he even had a couple of chances to pass the 32-year-old.

The German ace had his first chance in the opening lap on the Kemmel Straight after making it alongside Hamilton. However, the Mercedes driver managed to stay composed and maintained a defensive line to keep his lead heading into the Les Combes corner.

After a safety car restart, Vettel tried to pass the Brit again in the same place but was denied for the second time, and Hamilton kept his lead from then on as the 30-year-old challenger could only stay behind him but not overtake.

Hamilton acknowledged how tough a race it had been and praised his rival for putting up a "fantastic fight."

"The speed and pace they had was very strong. There was no point at which I was comfortable. Both of us were pushing for every single lap. It was like a sprint race, no room for error or the smallest mistake. There were strengths and weaknesses on both sides, we were constantly exchanging times."

Vettel eventually finished second while Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who started sixth on the grid, was third but almost 11 seconds behind the leaders. Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen ended up fourth followed by Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas.

Meanwhile, it has been another forgettable night for Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon after their clash prompted a safety car. The same goes for Red Bull's Max Verstappen who failed to delight his home fans following his sixth retirement of the season.

The win marks Hamilton's 58th career win in his 200th grand prix, a day after getting his 68th pole position that equalled Michael Schumacher's record.

Vettel still leads the world championship with 220 points while Hamilton has 213. In the Constructor standings, Mercedes have 392 points while Ferrari have 348.

Next race is the Italian Grand Prix at Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

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Non-Stop Fun Awaits the Passionate Italians

Italian Grand Prix

The fastest race of the Formula 1 season is upon us, and sports betting fans are already enthralled by the action and drama that awaits them in Monza.

Sebastian Vettel comes into Ferrari’s home race as the leading racer at the 2017 Drivers Championships, but his record lap in Spa wasn’t enough to stop Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes from winning the Belgian Grand Prix. With the Autodromo Nazionale Monza paving the way for a lot of speedy overtakes, there will be a lot of action for the live betting crowd.

Betting odds are in favour of Hamilton, however: Mercedes’ first-choice driver is chasing the top spot of the leaderboard as well as overcome the impressive pole start record set by the legendary Michael Schumacher. If you think this race is Hamilton’s to lose, you’d get a decent reward for your bet with his 1.50 outright odds.

However, it’s important to remember that Monza is Ferrari’s backyard. If there’s any race in the calendar where the Stallion can compete, it’s in this speed trap of a course. Vettel has much of a chance as Hamilton to win, so it’s actually a good idea to leave some of your betting money with the German and his 4.00 odds. The crowd will definitely be roaring over the engines, cheering for Ferrari’s success.

Valtteri Bottas (6.00) and Kimi Raikkonen (7.00) are also within a shout of finishing first. The two Finn speedsters have similar machines with the race leaders and can pull off a satisfying race to the mostly Ferrari-sympathetic crowd.

Red Bull can also make the race interesting for their two rivals. While Max Verstappen (31.00) and Daniel Ricciardo (41.00) aren’t blessed to have the same machines as their rivals, they have cars more than ready to battle with the best of them. Red Bull’s drivers are also known to take risks and are known for their eye-catching grabbing. The young Verstappen may have a difficult race, however, after a number of grid penalties were slapped on him for his last race.

Given how unforgiving this track is for teams with subpar machines, it’s really hard to see any of the teams outrunning the top six drivers. All Esteban Ocon (251.00), Fernando Alonso (351.00) and the rest of the chasing pack can hope for is that the rainy forecast for the weekend extends until the race day.

Until that happens, though, we can expect to see someone donning a Ferrari or Mercedes racing suit to stand happily at the top of the podium.

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Here Comes Hamilton for the All-important Lead!

Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton capped a perfect live betting weekend at Autodromo Nazionale Monza as he took the F1 Championship lead for the first time this season, a day after he broke the record for the most number of career pole positions.

Italy was supposed to be Ferrari's domain. In front of more than 93,000 fans in attendance at Monza, how could they not be the online betting favourites in the Italian Grand Prix?

However, after Hamilton took the pole in the qualifying amid treacherous wet conditions, sports betting pundits knew that he would be unstoppable.

And the Brit didn't disappoint as he breezed through the chequered flag after 53 laps, four seconds ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas and 36 seconds in front of Ferrari ace and title rival Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton's win was never in doubt and was one of the most one-sided results of the season.

Williams' driver Lance Stroll, who started second on the grid, threatened the 32-year-old on the run down to the first corner, but it was a brief challenge that Hamilton fought off before pulling away from the chasing pack.

The intense battle, nonetheless, was the one behind him as the other drivers fought for the remaining podium places.

Bottas and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen went head-to-head right from the start; and although Raikkonen initially won their Lap 1 duel, the 28-year-old Mercedes driver came back and regained his lead before passing Stroll and Force India's Esteban Ocon to get to second by Lap 8.

Vettel, who started sixth, fought hard and made it to third on Lap 8, but the Mercedes drivers were already in total control. The German ace was then left with no other choice but to lessen the damage and settle for third.

"The team did an amazing job. Valtteri did a great job. Mercedes power is better than Ferrari power so that's one thing," Hamilton said after the race.

Another standout performer in the race was Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo who staged several overtakes to climb to fourth from 16th. The Aussie was out of the picture in the beginning, but he clawed his way back and eventually found himself in contention for the podium after overtaking Raikkonen for fourth with 12 laps to go.

The win put Hamilton (238) three points ahead of Vettel (235) in the driver standings, just two races after the F1 tour resumes.

It was a crucial victory for the Brit as they now head to Marina Bay Street Circuit for the Singapore Grand Prix, where Ferrari are expected to have the advantage.

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Treat Your Eyes to the Beauty of the Singapore GP!

Singapore Grand Prix

The Formula 1 season heads to what I think is the most mesmerising race among all of the impressive tracks on the list.

The lively parties and beautiful skyline will be highlighted by the beautiful night race that is the Singapore Grand Prix. Betting websites will be full of passionate punters making a bet online, hoping to see some exciting action on a track that offers a unique charm.

Betting odds obviously favour the fastest men among the pack, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Both drivers are embroiled in a bitter battle to solidify their grasp at the top of the Driver Standings, so expect some exceptional driving from these two.

Vettel has a special advantage at this race as bookies give him 2.00 outright odds of winning the race. He has won in the Marina Bay track four times, the most out of anyone since the race was revived in 2008. While Hamilton only won here with Mercedes in 2009, his impeccable racing techniques garner him 2.50 odds among sites like SBOBET.

Outside the two, there are other drivers who have as much of a shot at the podium. Daniel Ricciardo (8.00) always shows up at Singapore, pulling off impressive performances every now and then. The relatively short and narrow track could also do wonders for Max Verstappen (8.00), his Red Bull team-mate.

Valtteri Bottas (9.00) and Kimi Raikkonen (13.00) may not be looked upon as strong contenders for the title, but the mere fact that they’re driving the two of the most powerful machines means that they can compete. They should be able to fight for the podium spots at the very least.

The good thing about the Marina Bay Street Circuit is that it doesn’t have a lot of straights for rivers to maximize the car power. Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon, Fernando Alonso and the rest of the chasing pack have a chance of gaining points here if they manage their pit and tyre strategies well.

There’s been talk that this might be the last year of the Singapore Grand Prix due to the traffic and business disruptions the marquee sporting event causes. However, negotiations are going on to extend the beautiful night race of the F1 calendar. Until we hear anything positive, let’s buckle up and enjoy the final iteration of the Singapore GP!

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Crash and Burn! What a Big Night it was in Singapore

Lewis Hamilton needed a miracle at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, and luckily for him, he got it at the expense of his biggest title rival Sebastian Vettel.

After getting only the fifth place in the qualifying of the Singapore Grand Prix, the British driver's chances to win decreased drastically in most betting websites while Vettel, in contrast, commanded both the betting odds and betting tips with the pole position and a fantastic display during the practice and qualifying races.

However, with the German driver crashing out at the start of the night race, the path opened for Hamilton to take the win instead of just doing damage limitation – which was Mercedes' initial plan in the beginning as Vettel was expected to retake the championship lead.

Despite the heavy rains and a wet track, the race started intensely, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen making great strides to challenge Vettel up front.

Vettel, however, was uncharacteristically reckless as he veered across the track to defend against Verstappen.

Not knowing that his teammate Raikkonen was there, the Ferrari ace left the Red Bull driver nowhere to go, which eventually led to Verstappen and Raikkonen's cars hitting each other before spinning and crashing with Vettel.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso, who was in a good position to contend for the podium after a flying start, also got involved in the crash and was forced to retire.

Hamilton managed to avoid the early chaos and pounced on the lead heading into the first corner ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, who started third from the grid.

Ricciardo was expected to threaten Hamilton for the title, with the Red Bull having a better pace than Mercedes all weekend. Nonetheless, the 32-year-old Brit gained momentum and began recording fastest laps to leave the Australian four and a half seconds behind in the end.

It was one of the best performances by Hamilton as he overcame the struggles that bugged them all week in Singapore to win and extend his championship lead over Vettel to a mammoth 28 points with six races to go.

Mercedes benefitted the most from the accident as Valtteri Bottas finished third, with only Ricciardo at second denying the team a one-two finish.

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr., on the other hand, drove magnificently to finish fourth, ahead of Force India's Sergio Perez.

For Ferrari, the race marks the first time ever that they have retired both cars on just the first lap. Now, they will continue the F1 Asia tour in Malaysia where they will hope luck will favour them.

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It’s a Beautiful Farewell to a Fantastic Race

Malaysian Grand Prix

All good things must come to an end, and the sun’s setting on Sepang International Circuit and the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The lack of support from the locals may have forced the Malaysian government to fold out of the Formula 1 schedule, but any live betting fan worth his salt knows the track paved the way to exciting betting odds.

The risk taken by Bernie Ecclestone and the Malaysian government sparked the blossoming of many races that are now sports betting festivals. China, Singapore, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and many other locations wouldn’t have opened their doors to Formula 1 racing if it weren’t for this track.

This is why fans should expect a great race for the swansong of the Malaysian Grand Prix!

We head straight at the top where the power struggle between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are starting to slip one way. Vettel had the pole in Singapore but crashed out of the race on the first lap, giving leeway to Lewis Hamilton to win and build a good lead. Momentum is on Hamilton’s side, and bookies give him 1.55 outright odds to win. Vettel is close by with 3.30.

Valtteri Bottas (5.50) and Kimi Raikkonen (12.00) will also be competing for the top spot, given how the two always perform well in races. However, there’s a broadcast of heavy rain for Malaysia on the weekend. This means Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen (both at 19.00 each) are set to make some strong plays for first should the race be started on intermediate tires.

Sepang is known for pushing drivers and machines to the limit, so teams with lesser machines might not be able to put up much of a fight. However, Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso are some of the names you can count on to make daring driving manoeuvres during the race.

This might be the final time we will see the beautiful track of Sepang being raced by Formula 1 cars, so we better make the most of it. I know the drivers will push to get the victory; all that’s left to do is sit back and enjoy the spectacle.

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What a Beautiful Day for Red Bull in Malaysia!

The sun has set on the Sepang International Circuit, and the Red Bull Racing team made a fitting send-off to the Malaysian Grand Prix with a dominating win by Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

Betting odds were not that high on the Red Bull winning the final F1 race in Malaysia, especially after Lewis Hamilton put his name on top of betting websites with his 70th pole position. However, the team maintained their fantastic form from the practice and qualifying races to secure an outstanding 1-3 finish and surprise the online gambling community.

Meanwhile, Hamilton ended up second despite a favourable start that put his title rival Sebastian Vettel in the back row after failing to finish in the qualifying. Not to mention that Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who was supposed to start second on the grid behind Hamilton, was forced to retire before the fight even started due to an engine problem.

Hamilton only had the lead up until Lap 4 as Verstappen moved to the front and controlled proceedings with his fast race pace right there and then.

Mercedes' struggles, which they showed during practice, were evident once again as Hamilton failed to mount a challenge and was instead left behind, with the 20-year-old Belgian cruising to victory by almost 10 seconds.

"I think in the beginning, the car felt good and I saw Lewis was struggling a bit more with traction, so I used my battery a bit more. He has more to lose than me in terms of the championship. From then on, I could race my own race. It's a very tough race and it was incredible to win," Verstappen said.

Another noteworthy battle was that of Ricciardo and Vettel, who used Ferrari's strong power to come back from the dead and aim for a podium finish. The German ace managed to reach fourth and looked to overtake the Australian in the closing stages, but the pace of the other Red Bull driver was also too great, making him difficult to overcome.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas rounded up the Top 5 finishers, though he's certainly disappointed he didn't improve his standing despite Raikkonen's early retirement.

The win marked Verstappen's first title of the season, which already saw him retire in seven races. It's also the Red Bull's fifth title in eight years in Malaysia, having won it last year as well.

For Hamilton, meanwhile, it wasn't the knockout blow he was hoping for, but he extended his Championship lead over Vettel to 34 points. The German though still has a chance if he can win or outpoint the Brit in Japan next week.

In the constructors' standings, Red Bull improved their record with 270 points, but they are still far off from the top dogs Mercedes and Ferrari who have 503 and 385 points, respectively.

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There is a Fantastic Race to be Had!

Japanese Grand Prix

The live betting battle at the top of the Formula 1 standings is about to reach its climax, and Suzuka may reveal who the eventual winner of the 2017 season will be.

The conversation on who is the betting websites’ favourites to win it all still revolves around Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. However, the Briton is slowly getting away with a string of impressive races since Belgium. Given how frighteningly fast Mercedes have been over the past few races, it’s easy to see betting odds like 2.00 outright odds for Mercedes’ first-choice driver.

However, it’s important to remember that the Suzuka International Racing Course is a favourite of Vettel. The German has won four times on this track, more than any other active driver in the competition. Ferrari also lucked out that Vettel won’t have to change his machine’s gearbox for the race. Barring another mechanical or driving issue to derail Vettel’s campaign even further, his 2.75 odds are attractive.

Max Verstappen pulled off a fantastic performance in Malaysia and will try to ride on the momentum at Suzuka. The speedy and technical track also plays to the young Dutch’s strengths, so it’s not at all surprising to see bookies give him a nice 4.50.

Daniel Ricciardo’s third-place finish in Sepang also got him brownie points from pundits, earning him 6.50 outright odds. Kimi Raikkonen (11.00) and Valtteri Bottas (17.00) aren’t looked at favourably compared to their peers, but the Finns will definitely pull off something impressive and shock the Japanese crowd. This holds especially true for Bottas, a driver that has wowed many a crowd this season.

Raikkonen has an incredible memory at Suzuka – he won the 2005 race despite starting from P17. Given how the Flying Finn pulled off such an impressive feat, it’s not a bad idea to look at the chasing pack for possible upsets. Esteban Ocon, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa have a chance of gaining big points if the weather favours them.

This race could be the decider or the setup to a brilliant climax. Japanese racing fans and online punters all over the world will have their eyes locked at Suzuka as the drivers race on their favourite track.

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It’s One Step Closer to Glory for Strong Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton entered the Japanese Grand Prix expecting a thrilling live betting matchup against title rival and Ferrari ace Sebastian Vettel. Unfortunately, that fight never happened as the Brit star instead cruised to another victory to extend his championship lead.

Starting at second behind Hamilton, Vettel had the chance to turn the betting odds around and keep his title hopes alive. However, another mechanical problem forced him to an early retirement, much to the disappointment of online gambling fans.

Vettel's car already had spark plug issues before the race started, and although Ferrari mechanics worked on it, it quickly became clear his car isn't fixed yet when he began to lose power by Lap 4.

That fiasco paved the way for Hamilton to drive with no worries, as anywhere in the top three would still see him move further ahead of his closest challenger.

Despite Ferrari's problems ending the battle prematurely, however, fans at Suzuka were still treated to some drama with Red Bull's Max Verstappen giving Hamilton a good run for his money.

Verstappen – fresh and motivated from his exploits in Malaysia – threatened to overtake the 32-year-old Mercedes driver midway through the race, after they both came off the pit.

It also didn't help Hamilton that he experienced some issues on his rear tyres on Lap 33, giving the Belgian some hope to cut his advantage.

Hamilton managed to hold on to his lead and even extended it by 2.7 seconds ahead in the closing stages. And despite experiencing tyre problems again on the final two laps, the Mercedes ace still got the job done and finished ahead Verstappen by 1.2 seconds.

On the battle for the last podium spot, Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas staged a late fightback, but it wasn't enough to topple Daniel Ricciardo out of third place.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen reached the chequered flag 32 seconds behind the leader as he rounded off the Top 5 drivers of the race.

Meanwhile, Renault's Jolyon Palmer—who announced he's leaving the team after the Suzuka race—failed to have a resounding farewell as he ended up at 12th.

Hamilton now has 306 points, 59 clear of Vettel who remains at second. The three-time World Champion also has a chance to clinch the championship if he wins at the US Grand Prix in two weeks and Vettel finishes outside the top five.

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Can Hamilton Secure His Championship Here?

United States Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton may win it all on a track that is an amalgamation of many memorable tracks in the Formula 1 season.

Betting websites are still looking at Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari to get it all together and make a mad dash at Lewis Hamilton’s spot in the 2017 Drivers Championship. If the Prancing Horse cannot address their reliability issues, then expect to see betting odds slide towards the Briton’s favour.

Mercedes’ live betting fans will be thrilled to know that Hamilton is favoured to win at the Circuit of the Americas. Bookies give him 1.75 outright odds to win the US Grand Prix barring any sudden crashes or engine failures. Vettel is quite behind with his 3.00.

It is important for Ferrari to not allow Hamilton to get 16 more points than Vettel if they want to keep the German’s championship hopes alive. The task now falls on the hands of Ferrari’s capable mechanics to prevent another mechanical mess from happening.

While Valtteri Bottas (6.00 outright) has been out of the spotlight for a bit, he is still a favourite to give his team-mate a run for his money. Bookies think Kimi Raikkonen won’t be able to compete for the win, giving him 13.00 outright odds. However, disregarding the Flying Finn’s chances isn’t exactly a great idea.

Red Bull are slowly making their return to the top as of late, making teams rightfully wary of their drivers. All Max Verstappen (15.00) and Daniel Ricciardo (17.00) need are minute hiccups from Mercedes and Ferrari to shock them from behind and snag the win.

Other drivers to watch include Carlos Sainz in a new Renault outfit, Fernando Alonso zeroing in on the race after signing an extended deal with McLaren, and the Force India Drivers driving great races.

The Circuit of the Americas is an interesting location, borrowing exciting elements from various tracks all over the world. These elements were put together nicely to create a nice, long track that will test the engines and tire management tactics of the teams.

The American crowd better get ready for some F1 action; it’s bound to get loud and hectic.

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Sensational Lewis is on his Way to F1 Glory!

Sebastian Vettel lived to fight another race with his second-place finish, but it will take a miracle for him to stop the raging Lewis Hamilton after the Brit starred once again in the US Grand Prix.

Few sports betting experts expected the F1 title to be handed to Hamilton in Austin. Even the Mercedes star himself said it's "highly unlikely" for the battle to end there.

However, that didn't stop Hamilton from delighting his online betting followers in what turned out to be another dominating live betting display.

Vettel did show some fight as he surpassed Hamilton on the first corner of the race to take the lead. Nonetheless, it didn't take long for the 32-year-old driver to return in front, closely tracking the German ace over the next five laps before beating him on Turn 12 of Lap 6.

It was all Hamilton from then on, with the three-time World Champion making use of his speed advantage to dictate the race and finish ahead of Vettel by a little over 10 seconds.

Ferrari already gave up on beating Mercedes and Hamilton midway through the match and instead focused on ensuring Vettel finishes second.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull's Max Verstappen threatened Vettel in the latter stages, but the 30-year-old managed to pull away and keep his already slim title chances alive.

Although there isn't much action in front, the battle for the last podium spot turned out to be a dramatic one. Verstappen—who started 16th on the grid—attacked Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen on the final lap after the latter allowed Vettel to pass him for second.

The Red Bull driver managed to overtake Raikkonen on Turn 16 and appeared to have won a place in the top three. However, the stewards gave the Dutchman a five-second penalty for the gutsy move, eventually stripping him off his 11th podium.

Hamilton's win puts him 66 points clear of Vettel, which means he is almost certain to win his fourth title in Mexico City. It also brings him closer to becoming the best British driver of all time.

Vettel still has a chance to extend his championship challenge, but he needs to win the next race and hope that Hamilton finishes sixth or lower – something that is far from happening.

As for the team standings, Mercedes already secured the Constructors' title following the results of the Austin event.

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Will There Be a Giant Upset in Mexico?

Mexican Grand Prix

If you ask any sports betting fan about the current status of the 2017 Formula 1 season, almost all of them will say that this is Hamilton’s season to lose.

The Mercedes driver has impressed fans throughout the course of the season, fighting through a red-hot start by Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari to arrive in Mexico with a 66-point lead over his German rival. Hamilton only needs to win fifth in order to secure the win, but betting websites still look at him as favourites. SBOBET gives him 1.80 outright betting odds to win in Mexico.

Vettel (3.50) is proud of what Ferrari has done for the season, but the man is far from giving up the fight. Their machine is more than ready to take on the swinging layout of the track and try to spark a late run to the title.

Valtteri Bottas (13.00) has taken himself out of the championship picture, but the Finn will still be a pesky driver for Ferrari. Mercedes’ team unity is at an all-time high, so expect Bottas to ensure Hamilton’s victory in Mexico. Kimi Raikkonen (21.00) will also be trying to do the same for Vettel.

Max Verstappen (5.00) is fuming at the post-race penalty he incurred in the United States, so fans will expect more aggressive driving from the 20-year-old. As always, fans can expect reliable racing from Daniel Ricciardo (11.00).

If Vettel wants to keep his championship hopes alive, he needs the drivers from the other teams to pick up their slack. Niko Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon, Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz should up their pace and stop Hamilton from winning in the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

The race will be intense, and the season is on the line. Will Vettel survive to fight another day? Or will Hamilton end the season here?

We’ll find out once the three red lights go off.

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Lucky Number 4 as Hamilton Wins Big World Title!

Lewis Hamilton finished ninth in Mexico, but that was enough for him to win the F1 World Championship as his title rival Sebastian Vettel ended just fourth.

Of course, it wasn't how Hamilton thought he'd win the big prize. After all, he did say he wanted to clinch it in style by dominating the Mexican Grand Prix.

However, online gambling fans and the 32-year-old's live betting faithful will still celebrate the victory, especially after a dramatic encounter at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez that turned the betting odds upside down.

Vettel had his hopes up entering the race after taking the pole position, with Hamilton at third. Nonetheless, his chances quickly evaporated following an incident on the first lap that saw him collide with the British ace.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen took the lead after overtaking Vettel at the first corner, a move which led to the Ferrari driver going wheel-to-wheel with the Mercedes star. The contact led to some damage on both cars that forced them to get back to the pit lane.

Hamilton suffered a puncture while Vettel had damage on his front wing. The two then had to fight back from the bottom of the pack after the first lap.

Verstappen's lead after the incident was insurmountable, and he never looked back and finished 19 seconds ahead of the second-placer.

Vettel fought hard to get back into the game and moved up to eight by Lap 32. Hamilton, meanwhile, struggled for pace due to damage to his car's diffuser, eventually leading him to enter the pit again.

The German ace needed at least second to send the title race to Brazil, but all he could muster was a fourth-place finish due to the huge gap between him and the leading pack.

Despite knowing Vettel could no longer take a podium place – much more the second, Hamilton still ensured he would win the title. He began to make ground in the closing stages and fought out a thrilling race with Fernando Alonso for ninth, the position which would guarantee him the championship.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas secured second while Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen took the last podium spot. Vettel ended over a minute behind Verstappen and 16 seconds back of his teammate.

With the win, Verstappen grabbed his second race of the season, having won the Malaysian Grand Prix last September.

Hamilton, on the other hand, captured his fourth world title with a 56-point lead and just two races to go. He joins Vettel and French great Alain Prost with four championships and becomes the most decorated British driver, moving one up of three-time winner Sir Jackie Stewart.

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This Grand Finale Will Be One to Remember!

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Betting websites may not be that busy when it comes to Formula 1, but the final race of the year is still worth your free bets! Don’t believe me? Let me tell you why you should care about this race.

First of all, Lewis Hamilton himself admitted just how difficult of an opponent Ferrari have been this year. Despite being pegged as the favourite for a good amount of this year’s races (bookies have him at 1.70 outright betting odds in Abu Dhabi), he felt that the Stallion gave him countless scares throughout the year.

“We were more consistent but Ferrari had a very, very good season,” Hamilton said. This high praise for his opponents wasn’t viewed as correct by some bookies, however. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari’s leading driver, only have 5.00 outright to his name, similar to Valtteri Bottas.

While they did miss out on taking the hegemony from Mercedes, Vettel teased on the future of the team: “The team is ready and fired up, We have some good projects in the pipeline.”

Max Verstappen (11.00) shone brilliantly this season and will look to end the 2017 racing calendar with a win in Abu Dhabi. Kimi Raikkonen (12.20) and Daniel Ricciardo (13.00) won’t probably allow the rest of the chasing pack to make some last-minute runs to steal some points.

This season has been a wonderful celebration of speed for the drivers and the fans. While tracks and drivers make their goodbyes to the season, the energetic hums of the Formula 1 engines will always bring an unexplainable delight to many.

Come and witness Mercedes and Hamilton celebrate under the fireworks of Abu Dhabi!

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It’s a Perfect End to a Beautiful Year for Mercedes!

Mercedes AMG well and truly showed their domination this F1 season after their drivers cruised to a spectacular one-two finish in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

With the drivers and constructors' championship already won, the live betting race in Yas Marina Circuit provided little action for the sports betting faithful. However, if there's anything fans learned, it's that the Silver Arrows are undoubtedly a cut above the rest, even against online gambling rivals Ferrari.

Valtteri Bottas, who pipped Mercedes teammate and newly crowned world champion Lewis Hamilton for the pole position, was largely untouchable as he controlled the race from start to finish.

Hamilton appeared faster in the latter stages and even managed to reduce Bottas' lead to just 0.7 seconds. However, the now four-time F1 title winner just didn't have enough pace to challenge the Finn for the front position and fell behind by four seconds.

"Valtteri did an amazing job to hold me off," Hamilton said. "I gave it everything but it's very hard to overtake here."

Ferrari's drivers, meanwhile, ended third and fourth in what was an anticlimactic way to close the campaign.

The Scuderia dominated the early part of the season and were neck and neck with Mercedes up until August after the month-long break. Nonetheless, it went downward spiral from there as ace driver Sebastian Vettel lost the championship lead.

Their performance in Abu Dhabi perfectly reflected what has been a miserable second stretch for them in the tournament. Vettel never really threatened in the match and finished 19 seconds behind, suggesting that they would have had a hard time beating Hamilton and Mercedes had the title fight gone to the last race.

Kimi Raikkonen followed Vettel but was a far off 45 seconds from Bottas. He also barely escaped Red Bull driver Max Verstappen who had to settle for fifth.

On the other hand, Renault have something to be happy about after Nico Hulkenberg secured the sixth place despite receiving a five-second penalty. The same goes for McLaren's Fernando Alonso who finished ninth in his final Grand Prix.

Formula One now goes to a three-month break, giving teams until March to work on their new cars and engines for what should be another competitive racing year.

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Ready for Australia: It’s a New and Exciting F1 Season!

The 2018 Formula One campaign is set to start at Albert Park this week with millions of sports betting fans around the world anticipating an action-packed race.

Numerous rule changes have been put into effect this year that will certainly affect the betting odds on the drivers and constructors. Most notably, the number of power units allowed per driver was reduced from four to three, thereby emphasising the need for engine reliability.

Pre-season testing in Spain has also ended a couple of weeks ago, ensuring that both drivers and their cars are ready for the big live betting affair.

Australian Grand Prix

As expected, Mercedes and star man Lewis Hamilton are the favourites to win in Melbourne. The Silver Arrows have dominated F1 the past four years and are now aiming for an unprecedented feat of a fifth straight drivers' and constructors' championship double.

Also, Hamilton could become only the third driver in F1 history to win five titles—a result which would earn him motorsport immortality alongside Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio.

The British star can make a statement in the Australian GP, and he is at odds of 1.70 to do just that.

However, it won't be as easy as it sounds, especially with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff predicting a three-way battle between his team, Ferrari and Red Bull this campaign.

Hamilton's biggest threat in Australia is Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who is the second favourite to win at 4.50. The German was neck and neck with the Brit last season and was even on the lead up until the second half of the campaign.

Vettel heads into Melbourne after a remarkable pre-season testing that saw him record the best time in Barcelona. And he'll be high in confidence knowing that he won the opening race last year with a nine-second lead over Hamilton.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen (6.00) and Daniel Ricciardo (8.00), of course, shouldn't be counted out. Not with their new Renault-powered RB14 that has been impressive so far.

Even Hamilton is cautious of the Red Bull driver as he cited that they thrive in a "high downforce circuit" like Albert Park.

There's also the fact that home-hero Ricciardo, in his contract year, will be looking to impress.

Besides the four drivers, Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas (7.00), Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen (23.00) and McLaren's Fernando Alonso (53.00) could well be in the running for a podium finish, especially if they get good results in the qualifying sessions.

The Australian race is still expected to be much closer, thanks to the track that features a mix of braking and quick sections as well as tighter parts that require good traction. With that said, drivers from Renault, Haas, Force India, Williams, Toro Rosso and Sauber could also find some opportunities to break into the top spots.

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Back-to-back: What a Big Opener for Fantastic Vettel!

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton was on his way to victory, but a lucky break gave Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel the advantage as he surprised the online gambling community by taking the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Hamilton had the speed and pace all weekend, making him the favourite on betting websites to win the annual curtain-raiser at Albert Park. In fact, he even led by as much a three seconds in the early part of the race.

However, the Brit star's pit stop on Lap 19 allowed Vettel to defy betting odds and take the lead—something which the German never relinquished since then.

It was a superb race for Ferrari whose drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel, started at second and third respectively. For Vettel, though, his decision to pit later and hold on his ultra-soft tyres played right into his hands.

After Raikkonen and Hamilton had stopped, Haas driver Romain Grosjean also came out of the pits with a loose wheel. He was forced to move to the side of the tracks, prompting the Virtual Safety Car (VSC) to be deployed.

With the VSC forcing cars to slow down, Vettel took the opportunity to go to the pits. The 30-year-old then quickly returned and stayed on the lead throughout, stopping any chance of a Hamilton comeback thanks to his relatively fresher set of tyres.

It didn't help Hamilton that he locked up with only nine laps to go, giving Vettel more breathing space en route to his victory.

"We got a bit lucky with the safety car, but I really enjoyed it. I hoped my start would be a bit better so I had to settle third," Vettel said after the race.

"I was praying for a safety car and then one stopped at the exit of turn two and I was full of adrenaline, coming into the pits. Then I came out ahead and knew it would be difficult to pass. The last few laps I could enjoy a little."

The race for the third spot became the focus of the race as Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo unleashed a series of fastest laps to close the gap. Nonetheless, Raikkonen did well to keep the home hero at bay and break the hearts of Australian fans.

On the other hand, Fernando Alonso pipped Red Bull's Max Verstappen for fifth, while Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas finished eighth—behind Renault's Nico Hulkenberg—despite starting 15th from the grid.

Another highlight of the race, however, is the accident of the two Haas drivers. Besides Grosjean, his teammate Kevin Magnussen suffered an engine failure and failed to finish after a bright start that saw him defend the fourth place.

With the win, Vettel takes his third title in Australia and 100th career podium. It's also back-to-back season-opening triumphs for the German who finished nine seconds ahead of Hamilton last year.

For Hamilton and Mercedes, they have another chasing to do especially with Ferrari establishing an 18-point lead in the constructors' championship.

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There Will Be a Torrent of Free Bets in Bahrain!

Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

The Formula 1 season has run off to a fantastic start, and Sebastian Vettel has once again taken the head start. Betting websites are already looking forward to the season-long tussle between Vettel, who has 4.50 outright odds, and Lewis Hamilton (1.40) as they vie for another championship. However, it would be wrong for sports betting fans to assume that they are the only ones that matter in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The first man to consider in this match is Kimi Raikkonen. While bookies don't rate him highly with 11.00 outright odds, he did start second at the Australian Grand Prix ahead of his German team-mate. While he finished the race in third, he posted the second-fastest lap of the race. Opposing teams better watch out for him.

Another man to watch out for is Fernando Alonso (101.00). He jumped five places from tenth in the Australian Grand Prix's starting grid to fifth at the finish line. McLaren responded to Alonso's cries the previous season and delivered a superb Renault-powered machine that will now allow the Spaniard to compete with the top three teams.

Haas drivers will also likely make a showing here. If it weren't for their pit-stop mishaps, Kevin Magnussen (101.00) and Romain Grosjean (101.00) would have competed for podium spots in Melbourne. The team are doing extensive pit-stop practices to avoid this from happening again, and we can expect more impressive racing from this team.

Red Bull Racing have to produce some results here. A series of unfortunate mishaps by Daniel Ricciardo (15.00) and Max Verstappen (13.00) hampered the showcase of their cars, but the fact that Ricciardo pushed Raikkonen in the race's dying stages meant that they have a very powerful machine under the trunk.

Vettel admitted that Mercedes are still the team to beat after seeing the results of the first race. Bookies agree as they gave Valtteri Bottas 5.00 outright odds. Given that the track has plenty of opportunities for overtakes and high-octane action, Toto Wolff's team definitely has the advantage.

The Bahrain international circuit will be nice and cool by the time the race ends, but the action and racing to be had will keep temperatures at a high! Fans better not blink, as a golden moment could happen in this race!

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What an Intense Race at the Bahrain Grand Prix!

It's two wins in two races for Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, but his victory isn't without any hiccups as Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas challenged him in the final 10 laps of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The second race of the F1 season also provided plenty of live betting drama, with Lewis Hamilton defying betting odds to take a podium finish, a Ferrari mechanic getting injured after a pit stop accident, and the Red Bull drivers retiring five laps into the contest!

After surprising betting websites and taking the pole position, Vettel looked in total control of the race and was even seven seconds ahead of Bottas by Lap 40. While the German ace appeared to be cruising to an easy victory, however, the 28-year-old Finn stepped up in the closing stages to make it a nail-biter.

Bottas—who passed Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen into the first corner of the opening lap—had cut five seconds in five laps and was just a little over two seconds behind Vettel entering the final lap.

It didn't help Vettel that his tyres were fading after opting not to stop for a fresher rubber. Despite that though, the 30-year-old showed his championship experience and ability to manage tyres well, eventually fending off Bottas to win by the skin of his teeth—0.699 seconds to be exact.

Ferrari's win, nonetheless, was soured by a pit stop accident on Lap 36. Raikkonen attempted to leave before his left rear wheel had even been removed, causing it to hit the mechanic who was waiting to remove it.

Raikkonen retired from the race while the crew member was taken to hospital. Ferrari later confirmed that the man suffered from a broken leg.

On the other hand, Mercedes star Hamilton has gone into damage control after starting ninth from the grid due to a penalty. The Brit was up to sixth heading into Lap 5 before making his way to fourth by the eighth lap.

Hamilton was lucky that Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen retired early in a weekend to forget for the team. He then took third after Raikkonen's error.

Toro Rosso and Haas, meanwhile, are undoubtedly happy as their drivers, Pierre Gasly and Kevin Magnussen, rounded off the top-five finishers.

With his win, Vettel is now 17 points ahead of Hamilton. Meanwhile, the Silver Arrows' 2-3 finish allowed them to cut Ferrari's lead to just 10 points in the constructors' championship.

Next up is the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit where Hamilton will look to defend his title.

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Shanghai Noon Racing Makes for Fun Live Betting

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Mercedes will be hard-pressed to win the Chinese Grand Prix after Ferrari have built a decent lead in the rankings and betting websites. Their superb engines coupled with fantastic driving from Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen saw them taking the early lead.

However, fans know that to bet online against Mercedes is to flirt with defeat. Everyone and their mother knows that Lewis Hamilton, with 1.50 outright odds seeing him as the winner, is hard to beat at the Shanghai International Circuit. The only reason Hamilton didn't win in Bahrain was that he started at ninth place. Should everything go swimmingly in qualifying, I don't see Hamilton not winning in Shanghai.

Vettel, slapped with a somewhat shocking 4.00, will need to exert a lot of effort if he wishes to win his first Chinese Grand Prix since 2009. He needs to make the most of the high-speed track to start at the pole and keep Hamilton at bay with the right pit strategies.

Of course, the two leading drivers aren't the only men that the Chinese crowd should watch out for. Fernando Alonso (81.00) has won in China in 2005 and 2013. Now that McLaren's improved engines are helping them compete, it won't be surprising to see Alonso race for the win.

Raikkonen (10.00) and Valtteri Bottas (6.00) will also be ones to watch for in the race. They will continue to do what they do best and push the limits for their respective opponents. Given their performances thus far, it's hard not to see them competing for first place.

Daniel Ricciardo (21.00) and Max Verstappen (21.00) may have fallen off in the F1 radar, but the two won't just bow out of the contest and race comfortably amongst the chasing pack. The Red Bull hierarchy is probably working on a remedy to make them competitive again at this very moment. Punters would have to steer clear of the two until that upgrade arrives, though.

The hot Shanghai sun will bear witness to some exciting overtakes and motorsport action. While it may be easy to say who will likely win in this race, nothing is ever certain until all the red lights go off. We're bound to see some exciting driving in China!

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Surprise! Ricciardo Delights in Exciting China Clash!

It was a great day for Red Bull Racing after both of their drivers finished in the top five of the action-packed Chinese Grand Prix, with Daniel Ricciardo even surprising betting websites as he took the Shanghai title.

Red Bull, indeed, had a weekend to remember especially after a poor showing in Bahrain where Ricciardo and teammate Max Verstappen retired early to the disappointment of sports betting fans.

Pre-race betting odds had the usual suspects, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, as the clear favourites to win. However, Red Bull and Ricciardo displayed a great tactical masterstroke in the final 25 laps to clinch the title.

Valtteri Bottas was pulling away from the chasing pack midway through the race until a safety car period—introduced on Lap 31 to clear debris from the collision between Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly and Brendon Harley—gave Red Bull the opening.

The team took a gamble and instructed Ricciardo and Verstappen to dive into the pits to switch to fresh soft rubber tyres, which eventually gave their drivers the decisive pace advantage.

A hot-headed Verstappen went ahead of Ricciardo but blew his chance of victory after colliding with Vettel in an attempt to overtake Hamilton.

Ricciardo, in contrast, kept his composure and surpassed Kimi Raikkonen, Hamilton and Vettel before taking on Bottas for a sensational win.

Bottas eventually finished second while Raikkonen ended up third. Furthermore, Hamilton moved up to fourth after Max Verstappen was given a 10-second penalty for his move that led to his collision with Vettel.

Speaking of which, the German Ferrari ace fell to seventh after the accident and ended up eighth as  McLaren's Fernando Alonso took the position in the final two laps of the race.

The race result blew the championship wide open. Ricciardo moved up to fourth, seven points behind second-placed Hamilton and three below Bottas. Vettel, on the other hand, remained at the top, but his lead over Hamilton is down to just nine points.

On the constructor standings, the Silver Arrows (85 points) moved ahead of the Prancing Horse (84), while Red Bull (55) are a far-off 30 points behind of the leaders.

Next up is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix where Ferrari will look to take advantage of the long straights to re-establish their lead.

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Baku’s Sharp Turns Offer Top Betting Odds

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

The Baku City Circuit is still a fairly new destination for many of the Formula 1's big fans, but it's already become a track that promises great racing and free bets from the sport's big punters. Given the amount of action and spectacle the track witnessed last year, it's hard not to look forward to what this sharp-looking track has in store.

Like the previous year, much of the attention goes to Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Pundits and betting websites believe that races such as this will determine who will win the season, making it a priority for Ferrari to snag the win here.

Mercedes performed a lot better than Ferrari during the inaugural race, justifying Hamilton's outright odds of 2.00. However, Hamilton is yet to win a race this year and may be hard-pressed to snag pole position here.

In order for Vettel (booked at 2.50) to win here, he needs to keep his cool and prevent a similar incident that cost him the race last year. He knows that Mercedes will try to attack his mental state and will need to focus and prevent himself from tilting on a track that suits Mercedes machines better.

Red Bull made a fantastic recovery after stumbling in the first two races of the season. Daniel Ricciardo (23.00) is not given much attention compared to the two, but his consistent performance will definitely make him a threat if the two leads don't pay enough attention. It's this great quality of his that has got rumours circulating about him leaving for Ferrari, after all.

Even Max Verstappen, who was also slapped with 23.00 by bookies, will be a lot more focused coming into this race. He knows that he needs to get his act together after an embarrassing run that cost him the race in Shanghai. It will be interesting to see how he will contain himself in Baku's narrow roads, but fans can expect aggressive racing from the young firebrand of a racer.

Fernando Alonso (203.00) is a far cry from the top position, but he believes that the three-way riot at the top will give midfield teams opportunities to steal their lightning. While Valtteri Bottas (6.00) and Kimi Raikkonen (7.00) will also make life tough, he is confident that McLaren's change of approach will make his on-track battles easier.

There's still so little separating the top five drivers in the standings, and it is here where we could see some separation. Will Vettel finally get some breathing room? Or will Hamilton push him back up to a place of discomfort? Will Alonso finally snag a win? Will Red Bull surprise the two giants from behind?

These questions will only be answered once the red lights go off.

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Lucky Day in Baku for Happy Hamilton!

Lady luck smiled on Lewis Hamilton in Baku as the Mercedes star won an incident-packed Azerbaijan Grand Prix to take the lead in the Formula One drivers' championship.

Sports betting pundits didn't expect Hamilton to win. After all, the Brit hasn't had the pace he wanted all weekend and never looked like a threat despite starting second on the grid.

However, a late drama that featured a crash, an ill-timed lunge and a puncture turned the betting odds upside down and brought chaos to betting websites.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel led from pole and built a three-second lead early on despite several crashes in the first lap. Hamilton, on the other hand, dropped to third on Lap 22 after locking his wheels.

The match looked like a two-horse race between Vettel and Valtteri Bottas, who surpassed Hamilton after starting third. Nonetheless, with 11 laps to go, madness unfolded after the Red Bull drivers—Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen—crashed into each other and prompted a safety car.

Bottas took advantage of the safety car, went to the pits and came out ahead of Vettel. The German driver tried to fight back after the restart, but an aggressive lunge caused him to run wide, allowing Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen to pass him.

The twist, however, didn't stop there. With two laps remaining, Bottas appeared on his way to victory until a piece of debris punctured his right rear tyre and ended his run. It gave Hamilton the opening to take the win and the lead for the first time this season.

"It was mixed emotions,” Hamilton said after the win. “Grateful for the opportunity to win but on the other side I did not drive the way I feel like I normally drive, so that hurts a little bit in my heart."

Ferrari's Raikkonen claimed second despite dropping all the way down to 14th after an early collision, while Sergio Perez fended off Vettel to give Force India their first podium finish since 2016.

The result allowed Hamilton to move four points ahead of Vettel in the driver standings. However, Ferrari's 2-4 finish pushed them back to the top of the best constructor race.

Next up is the Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya where Hamilton won last year.

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Oui to Speed: Canada Welcomes the Speedy Formula 1

Formula 1 Grand Prix Heineken Du Canada 2018

It's been two months since the world saw any Formula 1 updates from SBOBET, but the fun now continues! The Formula 1 season continues to gain speed as the more interesting tracks edge closer. Fans will be looking forward to how the world's fastest drivers will be able to speed through the unique challenges of each race track. One of the more interesting tracks in the calendar is the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. The combination of straights and chicanes make for an interesting track, and an interesting track is all we need to make the Driver Championships and the season a lot more interesting! There is a lot to talk about in this race because this could be the track that will change the landscape of the season for Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

Talking Points

The biggest conversation starter among Formula 1 fans that talk about the Canadian Grand Prix is the delayed engine upgrade that was supposed to happen for Mercedes. Ferrari and Red Bull have both made engine upgrades in time for Montreal, meaning that Daniel Ricciardo's already-impressive run at Monaco is only bound to get faster. This becomes a lot more problematic when the nature of the track is heavily considered. The somewhat narrow track is full of long straights and chicanes that require power to make the most of the exits. With that being said, the fact that Mercedes have postponed the rollout of the new engine worries Hamilton to the point that he thinks that he is facing a difficult weekend ahead. "If the others are bringing upgrades and have fresh engines, we won't be in a position to fight," said Hamilton. "It is a power circuit. There is power loss over the life of an engine. All I am hoping for is reliability. If I am on the seventh race, with a power difficult circuit, I just want to see it through." Ferrari are doing fantastically well on the straights and Red Bull are steadily catching up to the two leaders in terms of results. Given the structure of the race, it will be understandably hard to Mercedes to try and keep the lead on the constructor and driver standing. However, Red Bull's Ricciardo still believes that everyone is still chasing the back of the German carmaker. Given how attuned Hamilton is to the track, it wouldn't be surprising for the Australian to see Hamilton at the top once again. "I think Mercedes are going to be quick tomorrow for sure," he told Sky Sports in an interview. "I'd say they're the ones to beat at the moment." In other news, McLaren driver Fernando Alonso continues to expand his legacy as he becomes the fourth Formula 1 driver to compete in 300 race weekends. It is still unclear as to whether the Spaniard will call it a day after this season is over, but the Spaniard is just proud of what he's achieved with his career so far.
Sports betting experts believe that Fernando Alonso can win the Canadian GP
Fernando Alonso prepares for his 300th career race ahead of the Canadian GP

"I am one of the best to have faced in F1," Alonso said proudly. "I am probably not fastest in qualifying, or the wet, but I am 9.5 in all areas. I will try to benefit from that." Alonso has won 32 grand prix victories and two world titles, a career that anyone would be proud of. Should the Spaniard decide to hang his gloves by the door at the end of the season, the F1 will say farewell to a fantastic driver that gave them some of the most memorable moments in the sport.

History

Hamilton is the obvious favourite among the SBOBET motorsport experts after winning five of the last eight races last year. He is one victory away from matching Michael Schumacher's record of seven wins in the track. Ferrari and McLaren are still tied at the top of the tally for most wins on the track. While Sebastian Vettel isn't confident that they will emerge victorious on this track, their prior experience in Canada offers a lot of encouraging signs towards the German. If we look at the way the season has been set up, there is a good chance for Vettel, Hamilton and Ricciardo to win the race. The three drivers have been performing well as the lead drivers of their respective teams. While everything still hinges on where they will end up after qualifying, the three drivers will definitely make quick work of the pack and duke it out for the title.

What are the Odds?

Hamilton receives the best outright odds of 2.00 as he is the master of the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. Vettel is not a far second with 2.50, and Max Verstappen is third-favourite with his 6.50. I think Daniel Ricciardo is worth a punt with his 11.00 outright odds if you think the Aussie is not done surprising fans.
Betting websites believe that Daniel Ricciardo can make it back-to-back podium finishes
Daniel Ricciardo celebrates his win in the Monaco Grand Prix.

When it comes to the Top 3 Drivers Market, it's best to put your money on Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen, both at 2.50. The two have performed well this season and it won't be surprising to find either of them in the Top 3. Valtteri Bottas (2.50) is also worth a shout.

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Here Comes Ferrari! Vettel Storms for the Lead in Canada Race

2018 Canadian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel retook the lead in the drivers' championship after cruising to an easy victory in the Canadian Grand Prix—a fitting win in a circuit named after one of the Scuderia greats, Gilles Villeneuve.

The German ace was dominant throughout and converted his pole position to a win, while his top rival Lewis Hamilton failed to get a podium finish and even ended up one place down from his starting position.

Moreover, there was also a bizarre ending in what was a largely straightforward race after model Winnie Harlow waved the chequered flag one lap before the actual finish!

Highlights of the game

The Canadian Grand Prix results were never in doubt the moment Vettel edged Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas at the first corner.

A collision between Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley and Williams' Lance Stroll at the start of the race prompted a safety car, but Vettel remained in front and started to build his lead after the restart. By Lap 6, the 30-year-old Ferrari star was 1.7 seconds ahead and even increased his advantage by more than four seconds nine laps later.

The race was virtually over then as Vettel controlled the proceedings. He eventually finished with a 7.3-second lead, though the race ended prematurely after Winnie Harlow waved the flag at 68 laps.

As a result of the mistake, the 70-lap battle was officially declared as 68 laps long, erasing the final two frames of the event.

On the other hand, Bottas never had a legitimate chance of overtaking Vettel and was left clinging on second, fending off Red Bull's Max Verstappen who had a late charge upon seeing the second-placed Finn struggling to manage his fuel shortage.

Fortunately for Mercedes, Bottas survived the scare and crossed the finish line 0.9 seconds ahead of the 20-year-old Dutchman.

Canadian Grand Prix Results: Lewis Hamilton ends up at fifth place after Daniel Ricciardo overtook him
Lewis Hamilton looks frustrated after his engine failed during the Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, continued to struggle with his car and dropped from fourth to fifth as Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo took his spot.

The British driver encountered problems with his engine temperature which forced him to take an unplanned pit stop. The Mercedes team installed new tyres to help cool the car, but that early break paved the way for Ricciardo to move in front of the reigning F1 champion.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen threatened Hamilton's fifth place midway through the contest, but the four-time world champion survived the nervy moment.

Despite his poor finish, Hamilton admitted he's just happy to finish the race: "From the start I was down on power, the engine was over temperature and I thought it was going to fail. I could have lost a lot more points today."

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Ferrari had not won in Canada since Michael Schumacher in 2004, so the victory 14 years later undoubtedly delighted Vettel.

Not to mention that it marked his 50th Grand Prix win—40 years after Gilles Villeneuve won the event for his first GP trophy for the Prancing Horse.

"It means a lot to me. A great weekend for us and 40 years after Gilles’ victory here to have Ferrari win again and for a long time since Michael. I would never have dreamt to be the first after him. But this year there are so many races to come, we enjoy the victory and take the points but there is a long way to go," Vettel added.

Canadian Grand Prix Results: Sebastian Vettel is delighted to mark an end to Ferrari's drought at Canada
Sebastian Vettel lifts the trophy and celebrates for finally leading Ferrari to victory in Canadian Grand Prix after 14 years

Meanwhile, Hamilton's fifth place is his lowest finish this season, a surprising result considering that Canadian Grand Prix betting odds had him as the easy pick to dominate.

It's also the second time this year that he failed to get onto the podium, the other one in the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai where he ended up fourth.

Moreover, the defeat meant that Hamilton's quest for a record-tying seventh title in Montreal went in vain. Ironically, it was Ferrari that stopped him from equalling the record of one of their legends.

Vettel now leads the driver standings with 121 points, while Hamilton is just a point behind. Mercedes still lead the constructor battle by a huge margin with 206 to Ferrari's 189.

What's next?

The French Grand Prix returns for the first time after a decade of absence in the Formula One scene!

Ferrari are the winningest team in the competition and it's worth noting that they dominated the last race ten years ago, with Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen bagging a one-two finish for the Scuderia.

It remains to be seen if they can replicate their success in the tournament, but Ferrari will be brimming with confidence knowing for a fact that their engines proved reliable enough in the Canada speed fight.

 

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British Grand Prix Betting Odds: Will Hamilton Break the Tight Race at Home?

British Grand Prix

July is a busy month for many SBOBET fans as there are a lot of sporting events that are happening throughout the globe.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup, filled with a lot of incredible upsets and world-class football, is quickly approaching the much-awaited climax. This year's Wimbledon also brings exciting odds for the enthusiastic tennis fan.

However, today's piece is all for the petrol head hiding in all of us. It's rare to have the loud Formula 1 be this quiet, but the British Grand Prix betting odds are surely far from boring the die-hard fans. The season is tight and there is still no clear-cut leader as the mid-season break quickly approaches.

This is a perfect chance for Lewis Hamilton to show off once more in front of the home fans and build a gap between him and Sebastian Vettel. However, he could be in for quite a shocker if the comedy of errors that plagued Mercedes at Austria rear its ugly head once more.

Talking Points

The biggest question mark surrounding this race is the performance of the Mercedes machines during the Austrian Grand Prix. When Sebastian Vettel started the race at sixth place, many feared that the Red Bull Ring would bear witness to Lewis Hamilton building a commanding lead over his Ferrari rival. It would have also meant Mercedes running away with the constructor championship lead.

However, the cars Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas were driving weren't able to finish the race, causing a huge embarrassment to the team and the delegation of supporters they have on the track. Bottas retired early while Hamilton called it quits at the 62nd lap.

Upgraded Ferrari threaten to floor Mercedes at the British GP despite favourable betting odds
Mercedes hopeful Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will avoid grid penalties at the British GP after car failures in Austria

Meanwhile, Max Verstappen managed to take hold of the lead and never let go of it. While Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were hot on his tail, the Dutch star kept his cool, did a brilliant job in managing his tires, and finished gracefully in front of the Ferraris.

Vettel's third-place finish in Spielberg allows the German ace to wrestle the control of the driver championship back to his hands. While the lead he has over the Briton is still only a point, the upgrade package arriving for the Italian giants come just in time for him to challenge Hamilton at his stomping grounds. His last victory was in Canada, and a fourth win this season should greatly help his chances.

While much of the focus is still on Mercedes and Ferrari, Red Bull are quietly chopping into the lead the two have built and turn the season into a three-pronged battle once more. Verstappen showed his quality at Austria, and Daniel Ricciardo is still a very effective driver for team principal Christian Horner. Silverstone Circuit, with its many breaking points, should provide plenty of opportunities for his team to poise and strike for the constructors trophy.

The chasing pack have a great chance of grabbing points at Silverstone, but various situations affect their chances of getting points. McLaren underwent surprising managerial changes so sudden that some suspected Fernando Alonso to have a hand in the change.

Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson finished ninth and tenth, giving Sauber their first double points of the season. The team is looking good in the constructors standings and will be hoping for better finishes here. Meanwhile, Nico Hulkenburg's quick retirement in Austria should have urged quick fixes from the Renault R&D team if they want to keep their spot in the constructor standings.

History

If we look at the recent races that occurred at Silverstone, we can see that Mercedes easily own this track. Nico Rosberg won the 2013 race and Hamilton swept his next four home Grand Prix as if he can run the track with his eyes closed.

The last team to win at Britain that isn't named Mercedes was Red Bull in 2012. You know that it's been a while since anon-Mercedes squad won on this track as legendary Aussie driver Mark Webber was the champion that year.

The last time Vettel won at Silverstone was nine years ago when he was still driving for Red Bull alongside Webber. Raikkonen, his current team-mate at Ferrari, last won this race more than a decade ago.

What are the odds?

There are great British Grand Prix outright odds waiting for the discerning motorsports fan.

There's no question: Hamilton is still the biggest favourite to win his home race. As long as Mercedes have addressed the faults that plagued their cars in Austria, there should be no question as to whether he will stand at the top of the podium or not. Hamilton has 1.65 outright odds for him.

Bookies also rate Vettel highly, giving him 3.00 outright. Bottas and Raikkonen can also win on this track, with SBOBET giving them 6.00 and 13.00 respectively.

British Grand Prix betting odds favour Max Verstappen to win
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen lifts his trophy on the podium after winning the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix

However, I wouldn't count either Red Bull racer out of the race. While Ricciardo and Verstappen only have 21.00 odds each, the rather slow track gives them a chance to compete for the top spot.

I still think this is still Hamilton's race to lose, and it would take another major breakdown for Mercedes before any other team can snatch the win from him.

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Hamilton-Mania Ends: Vettel Shocks Formula 1 Results with Silverstone Win

2018 British Grand Prix

Great Britain is having a fantastic July when it comes to sporting events. England's national team is having a sensational World Cup, with the Three Lions making it to the semi-final after an impressive outing from Gareth Southgate's men.

This weekend also saw England's very own man, Lewis Hamilton, setting up to race at the Silverstone Circuit for the British Grand Prix. He has won this race a lot of times, and the crowd was anticipating another master-class performance from him.

Only a few doubted the capabilities of Mercedes and Hamilton when all of the F1 cars were lined up at the starting grid and waiting for the lights to go off. The Briton is racing on home soil, and it seemed foolish to consider Formula 1 results that don't involve having Lewis Hamilton at the top of the podium by the race's end.

However, an unfortunate knock at the very start of the race immediately saw the tides change for Hamilton and the anticipating crowd. The race ended in an unexpected victory for Sebastian Vettel, who made a couple of impressive moves en route to the win.

Highlights of the game

The starting grid was a lock between Mercedes and Ferrari. Hamilton, Vettel, Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas were at the top rows after qualifying. Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo completed the top six.

There was no clear-cut winner in this race, but the defining moment came during the very first lap. The conditions were great for an afternoon of racing, but Hamilton spun out of control on Turn 3. The Flying Finn clipped Hamilton's machine on the back and sent the Briton spinning out of the top and into 18th place.

While there were concerns that the collision caused considerable damage, neither of the two cars saw any damage. However, Hamilton's race was pretty much over at that point. He wasn't confident at all while he was talking to his team through the radio.

However, Hamilton was still racing brilliantly in spite of his mood being down in the dumps. He easily cruised past four drivers within a couple of laps and was edging closer to the top. Justice was soon served as Ferrari was handed a ten-second penalty for the ruckus.

The English crowd was kept on their toes as their homegrown ace kept on passing by opposition until he finally saw the back of his team-mates and the Ferraris he has been chasing for the good half of the race.

Vettel changed tyres around the 20th lap and was blitzing through the track. Bottas kept on chasing Vettel and was allowed through by Hamilton, who was on a different racing strategy. The three were on a tense dance as tyre management was an important factor in a track full of tough turns and chicanes like Silverstone.

However, what decided the race was the two consecutive safety cars that affected the tyre strategy of all the drivers involved. Marcus Ericsson was retired after keeping his DRS open during a turn, causing the rear of the car to lift and fly off the track.

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Sebastian Vettel playfully celebrates British GP win on stage

Ferrari pulled a fast one and pitted their man for soft tyres on the 34th lap, while Bottas and Hamilton kept out with their mediums. When the safety car was called in, Mercedes' own Finn pulled a fast one on Vettel and smartly bought a few seconds for his defensive driving.

The second safety car was brought out after Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz was involved in another crash. Sainz attempted a brilliant outside overtake. Grosjean oversteered a bit and sent both of their cars into the gravel. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

It was after the second safety car that Vettel made his move. He made continuous attacks to Bottas, but the Mercedes driver brilliantly defended. The German then waited for an opportune moment and simply blitzed by Bottas' inside corner.

The moment Vettel saw nothing but clean air was the moment the race was won. Hamilton fought Bottas for second and tried to give chase, but it was already over.

Vettel just got another seven points to put between him and Hamilton for the Drivers Championship. Meanwhile, Ferrari's lead has ballooned to 20 points in the Constructors Standings. It's too bad that the Mercedes updates weren't able to get Hamilton a record sixth win at Silverstone

Key statistics

This victory is Vettel's fourth victory of the season, with the last one being in Canada. It's also noteworthy to remember that this is the first time this season that Ferrari and Mercedes occupied the top four positions at the end of each race.

While Hamilton saw his four-race winning streak at Silverstone end, he still sees his legacy as arguably the greatest racer of all time soar to greater heights. He has nabbed 76 pole positions, already eight times higher than Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher.

Hard tyres also made their first appearance this season at Silverstone. Pirelli introduced hard-compound tyres for teams to use. Hard-compound tyres were ideal on paper as Silverstone was punishing on drivers that does tyre management poorly.

What's next?

Formula 1 Results: Lewis Hamilton failed to get 4th win after finishing 2nd behind Sebastian Vettel
Lewis Hamilton only managed a second place finish behind Sebastian Vettel in hometown's British GP

The next race on the calendar for the racing fans of SBOBET is the Germany Grand Prix. Mercedes will be hoping to wrestle back some much-needed points in their home grand prix, but anything can happen in the season.

I wouldn't be surprised if Vettel won in front of his home crowd. However, it would be kind of funny if Hamilton takes this one instead.

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German Grand Prix: The Season Continues With a Bang!

German Grand Prix 2018

The Formula 1 took a bit of a break from three consecutive weekends of pure racing fun to let teams catch their breath and allow the fans to catch the exciting World Cup. Meanwhile, the teams took the opportunity to make key additions and adjustments to their cars and make them more effective for the second half of the season.

The break has seemingly done wonders for the ten teams competing in the season, as their practices in preparation for the weekend race in Hockenheim have brought in some interesting results!

Ferrari and Mercedes are still the leading teams among Formula 1 live betting circles as they have the most powerful engines and the most talented drivers in their payroll. However, Red Bull and the rest of the chasing pack are slowly catching up to the leaders in an attempt to even the playing field.

However, will they be able to even the tide in this race? Or will the Formula 1 season continue to be a two-way battle between Ferrari and Mercedes?

Talking Points

It's obvious that Ferrari and Mercedes will be coming into the starting grid full of confidence. However, Red Bull are slowly strutting their stuff ahead of the weekend.

Daniel Ricciardo and the team have taken a step up their game and installed new components of the MGU-K, allowing the Australian to be more competitive in the coming races in Germany and Hungary.

There is no question that Red Bull broke the rules about installing new parts and were slapped with a last-place starting position for Ricciardo. However, they were willing to take the hit during this weekend compared to the upcoming event in the Hungaroring.

Daniel Ricciardo fastest in the opening practice session for the German GP & SBOBET Odds back the Red Bull driver to win
Daniel Ricciardo has incurred a penalty for using too many engine parts in German GP

The move could be considered a worthwhile risk for Red Bull. After all, the two tracks couldn't be any more different from each other. The Hockenheimring has plenty of DRS zones, and these zones will give the advantage to mechanically superior machines. Meanwhile, Hungary is a very brake-heavy course once you get out of the starting grid.

Moreover, Max Verstappen posting the fastest lap time in second practice gives the team a huge morale boost to continue with pushing for Ricciardo's engine upgrades and still stay somewhat competitive in the Constructors  Championship.

In other news, Sebastian Vettel is concerned for the future of the German Grand Prix on the F1 calendar. The track's agreement with the organization runs its course after this race, and no fresh deal has been penned between the two sides as of yet.

"It would be a shame to lose one of the classic races," the leading Driver's Championship driver said of his home grand prix. However, given the expenses of hosting a race and the financial belt getting tighter in Germany being the face of the European Union, it would be understandable not to see the track in future F1 races for some time.

Regardless of that, we can expect a classic battle between Hamilton and Vettel. The two will continue to race for their current teams for the next two years, ending many Lewis Hamilton news and rumours that he will be making the jump to the Italian powerhouse.

Now that their futures have been set in stone, it will be interesting to see how this power-intensive race will go. Fans saw a very interesting race in Silverstone, and Hamilton voiced out on Kimi Raikkonen's clip on his rear, sending him to the tail-end of the race and forcing him to battle his way back to the podium.

He called the bump as "interesting tactics" by Ferrari, but he has since retracted his statements and will be focusing on the race. That is definitely something that he and the rest of the drivers should do, considering the amount of DRS-related problems they encountered at Silverstone.

History

The German Grand Prix is one of the oldest racing events in the Formula 1 calendar and saw many of the best drivers grace the track since the race was introduced in 1951.

Ferrari have ironically dominated the competition, winning the competition a record 22 times. Mercedes, the second-most team to have won the race, are trailing the Scuderia by 12 chips.

The winningest driver out of all the active competitors is Hamilton, who has won the title thrice since 2008. Vettel won in Nurburgring but is still to win an F1 race in Hockenheim.  The other past winner of the race who will be present at the starting grid is McLaren's Fernando Alonso.

What are the odds?

If this will be the Formula 1 race we will see on German soil for quite some time, you can expect SBOBET odds to provide us with superb betting opportunities.

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Lewis Hamilton is still the top dog despite being behind Sebastian Vettel by eight points on the leaderboard. Given his winning tendency in Hockenheim, bookies gave the British ace 2.00 outright odds. Vettel is not that far behind with his 2.20.

I'm pretty sure that Daniel Ricciardo can somehow make things work with his start at last place and dash to the podium. Like the previous Grands Prix, I expect another crash to happen. His 21.00 outright odds really look attractive. His team-mate Max Verstappen gets an equally salivating bet at 10.00.

Of course, Kimi Raikkonen (15.00) and Valtteri Bottas (10.00) are still expected to compete and make the race interesting. But to be honest, it'll be hard to see anything but Hamilton and Vettel crossing the finish line first.

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A Wet Win: Hamilton Wins an Action-Packed German GP!

German Grand Prix 2018

The moment the qualifying of the German Grand Prix was over and done with, many thought that the Formula 1 championship was decided right there and then.

Lewis Hamilton experienced plenty of hiccups, landing way behind the pole in the starting grid. Meanwhile, a win for Vettel in his home Grand Prix would have meant huge for his championship bid and a meaningful win at Hockenheim.

The results seemed so lopsided that it wouldn't have been weird for fans to skip watching the race and just wait on the Formula 1 updates about the drivers who will be flanking the German on the podium.

However, a combination of brilliant racing by Hamilton, miscommunication by Ferrari, and a bit of meteorological cooperation saw Hamilton stand atop the podium and Vettel crash his way into a gravelly end to his race.

The driver's title is still out in the open, and Hamilton is currently the man in the lead.

Highlights of the game

German Grand Prix Results: Sebastian Vettel fails home fans as Lewis Hamilton take the win
Sebastian Vettel leaves the circuit walking in the middle of the race after crash

The reason why some would even think about skipping this race was the terrible performance Hamilton showcased in qualifying. His Mercedes car got stuck in gear after a loss in hydraulic pressure, causing him to exit in Q1 and settle for P14 at the starting grid.

Giving up and focusing on the next race, similar to what Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo decided prior to this race, would have been an acceptable strategy for the Briton and his team. While he could catch up to the Top Four no problem, the conditions would not have allowed him an opportunity to bounce back and finish first.

The starting grid saw Vettel at pole, primed to extend his lead over his British rival. Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen made up the rest of the first two grids. Haas and Renault drivers occupy the next two rows.

Like expected, Hamilton cut through the trimmings like butter and jumped four places to join the Top Ten within the first five laps of the race. Sure, they can try and battle Hamilton for the position, but Mercedes' powerful engine is just too much. It would be a waste to spend their tyres and ruin their strategies just to delay the inevitable.

Ricciardo also made it back to the Top Six after more than 20 laps of racing but had to retire near the midway point of the race due to power trouble. Some thought that a virtual safety car could have increased his chances, but the Australian was able to park his car neatly to the side to allow the race to continue.

By this point of the race, it seemed like Hamilton was destined to settle for a top-five finish. The drivers around him have shifted on to ultrasoft tyres while he was still holding on to the softs that he started the race with. While the rain seemed looming to go,  it didn't actually fall for a good chunk of the race.

However, things started to turn in his favour. When lap count hits the 30s, Vettel was stuck behind Kimi Raikkonen. The Flying Finn refused to let the German pass through despite Vettel leading the driver standings and the team giving him subtle, unclear orders to let him through.

Then the rain started falling. It first started pouring at Turn 6 before slowly making the track damp. Some teams had made pre-emptive changes and shifted to intermediates. Meanwhile, it was around this time that Hamilton shifted to the ultrasofts himself.

And then, the unthinkable happened: Sebastian Vettel suffered wing damage on Lap 50, oversteered at Turn 12 on Lap 21 and crashed out of the German Grand Prix. Hamilton suddenly found himself in a position to win when the safety car was taken out and there were ten laps remaining.

He had a bit of a battle with Bottas when the safety car was taken in, but a direct team order from Mercedes instantly saw the No 2 driver make way for the Briton. The race finished without any hiccups as Hamilton pulled the rug on Vettel the same way the German did at Silverstone.

A Ferrari 1-2 turning to a Mercedes 1-2 is probably the most shocking out of all the possible German Grand Prix results predicted by pundits pre-race.

Key statistics

Thanks to the results of the race, Hamilton reclaims the top spot of the 2018 driver standings with a 17-point lead. Mercedes' 1-2 podium finish also saw them back to the forefront of the constructor standings as well, retaking the lead from Ferrari with 310 points. The Scuderia were able to limit the damage with Raikkonen's third-place finish.

Hamilton was the only one among the top five finishers to go through the race with a one-stop strategy so late in the race. Honestly, the Briton could not have won it if it weren't for the rains forcing teams to panic and have them prematurely change tyres in anticipation of the rain.

Force India had a remarkable outing as things turned out in their favour. Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Meanwhile, Kevin Magnussen had a poor race, finishing eleventh after starting fifth in the grid.

What's next?

German Grand Prix Results: Mercedes team no. 1 with 310 points after win in Hockenheimring
Lewis Hamilton celebrates with teammates after huge win in German Grand Prix

The next track is the Hungaroring, and engine power matters little here. Sebastian Vettel saw victory here the previous year, and he will likely try to defend his crown and cut on Lewis' lead. However, that's not the focus right now.

Raikkonen is reportedly connected to Sauber for the 2019 season, and the tension that simmered through the team radio and into the public was undeniable proof that he could well be leaving the team by the season's end.

Will Raikkonen actually leave the team that he has raced for since 2014? How will the brewing trouble affect Vettel's championship hopes? Is this finally the time for Hamilton to put away the 2018 trophy for good?

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Formula 1: Two Giants Clash for Dominance in Hungary

Hungarian Grand Prix 2018

It's no exaggeration when we say that this point of the Formula 1 season has become an exciting duel between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

The two best drivers have shown us time and time again why they are at the top of the drivers' standings and continue to dominate the track over the rest of the competition this season and the last.

With these two drivers consistently making the top of Formula 1 2018 news pages, there's no wonder that they will also be looked upon to star in the brake-heavy track of the Hungaroring. The power of their engines matter little in this track, and their fates at the end of the race will heavily rely on their driving and tyre strategies for the match.

However, these two aren't the only ones worth talking about in the competition. Kimi Raikkonen is making a lot of noise, Daniel Ricciardo will determine if the gamble he made in Germany will pay off, and the rest of the chasing pack have to fight hard for every point they get in the season.

The season might reach the tipping point after this race, so winning at Mogyorod is a must for both Ferrari and Mercedes.

Talking Points

If we want to know why the season has shaped up to be this way, we have to look upon what happened during the previous race at Hockenheim and pick apart what transpired in order to have a better understanding of the upcoming race.

The biggest story of that race easily had to be Vettel's erratic crash during the 51st lap of the German GP. He was clearly in the lead and should have taken things more calmly despite the threat of rain. However, he buckled his chances of cementing this season's championship as he oversteered and crashed out of the Grand Prix.

The Italian press, the home of the Scuderia, were understandably incensed with the German driver. Even former Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg hit his countryman where it hurts, saying that the crash will become "a dark moment" in his successful career.

Sebastian Vettel is at “peace with himself” after his mistake at the German Grand Prix cost Ferrari a Formula 1 win
Marshals collect the car of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel after he crashed at the Hockenheimring

Things aren't made any easier by the small issue surrounding Kimi Raikkonen. The bizarre chase the two had during the middle of the race cost Vettel some time that could have helped him seal away the victory from Hamilton. However, the Finn's hard-headedness made him a polarizing figure among Ferrari fans.

This attitude of Raikkonen's may have something to do with the rumours of Raikkonen moving to Sauber. There are also talks up and down the grapevine about Charles Leclerc joining the Prancing Horse to replace Raikkonen as the No 2 driver next season.

While chaos engulfs the Italians, Red Bull and Mercedes are doing pretty fine for themselves. The sacrifice Daniel Ricciardo took during the Hockenheim run-up have bore fruit so far: he led all cars during the first free practice. While he still crashed out during the last grand prix, the racing team should have fixed any issues that plagued the car at this point.

Meanwhile, Hamilton will be on a high after pulling off a wonderful victory at Mercedes' home grand prix. He and Valtteri Bottas will be hoping that they will be able to cement their team's lead in the constructor's championship with another 1-2 finish here.

Haas and Renault will also be hoping to make more points in this race and improve upon the results of their previous races. Kevin Magnussen will be hoping to vindicate his errors during the last race that cost him precious points. Force India also hopes to duplicate their finish and have both Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon finish within the top ten.

History

Making accurate Formula 1 2018 predictions on the result of this race is a tough task.

The Hungaroring is a track the two race leaders are very familiar with. Vettel won two of the last three Hungarian Grand Prix, winning the 2015 race after starting third in the starting grid. Given Vettel's superb driving skills, there should be no question as to whether he can win with the powerful Ferrari engine.

Lewis Hamilton also has a very successful career on the track. He first won this race as a McLaren driver in 2007 and has since won it four more times. He is the winningest driver on this track and should have no problem overcoming the intricacies of the track towards another victory.

Another interesting statistic: Mercedes-powered cars have won this race more times than cars with Ferrari engines in it. Ferrari engines have won this race only six times, easily dwarfed by Mercedes' ten triumphs.

What are the odds?

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Lewis Hamilton has won the German Grand Prix for Mercedes

If we look at the odds offered the SBOBET Motor Sport section, we can see that Sebastian Vettel is the outright favourite to win the race at 2.20. He has performed spectacularly over the last two races if we discount the giant error he made in Germany. If he keeps his head down and focuses on the race, winning the race should be easy.

Lewis Hamilton is at a surprisingly high 5.00. While he did win in Germany, many can discount the win as really lucky for Mercedes. Hamilton has to impress during the qualifiers if he wants to secure the win and extend his lead.

The other top racers also have interesting odds. Max Verstappen is the next favourite to win with 4.00; Daniel Ricciardo has 4.50; Kimi Raikkonen is at 12.00; Valtteri Bottas gets 21.00.

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Hungarian Grand Prix 2018: Hamilton is King of Hungaroring!

Hungarian Grand Prix 2018

Lewis Hamilton is now the undisputed king of Hungaroring after a record-extending sixth win in the Hungarian Grand Prix 2018.

The Mercedes star expected a difficult challenge from top title rival and Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel, with pre-match SBOBET odds even favouring the German ace over the British world champion. However, Hamilton made no sense of the numbers as he dominated from start to finish to establish himself as the winningest driver in the race.

The event, though, wasn't without drama as Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas missed out on the top three after starting second while Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo impressed with his fourth-place finish.

Highlights of the game

With the track temperature up to 57’C in the build-up of the race, Mercedes and their drivers were resigned that Ferrari would be faster. After all, had it not been raining in the qualifying, the Silver Arrows would have probably lost the pole positions to the Scuderia.

Nonetheless, with Hamilton starting first and Bottas at second, Mercedes made sure to exploit their advantage on a track where overtaking is remarkably difficult.

In a race that eventually turned into a strategic battle, Hamilton opted to start with the quickest ultra-soft tyres, allowing him to pull away and dictate the race. Meanwhile, Vettel chose to use the more durable soft rubber with a plan to run long and attack Hamilton on fresh tyres at the end.

Hamilton, as expected, controlled proceedings until he pitted on Lap 25 to change for the softs. Vettel—who climbed to third after passing teammate Kimi Raikkonen on Lap 1 and then second after Bottas pitted—used the opportunity to take the lead and gain more ground.

The plan now for Vettel was to pit in order to rejoin the race behind Hamilton but still ahead of Bottas, a move that would have allowed the German to stay close behind the leader. Nonetheless, Ferrari let Vettel drive to lead by up to 25 seconds...until he hit traffic and began to lose time.

Vettel pitted on Lap 39 as Hamilton regained the advantage. Bottas, on the other hand, went second as he blasted past Ferrari's top driver who was left in danger of finishing third.

Hamilton cruised to victory from then on, while Vettel succeeded in passing Bottas on Lap 65 to settle for second.

Valtteri Bottas misses the podium after damaging his car in the Hungarian Grand Prix 2018
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas looks focused at the start of the 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix

Bottas, who took damage to his car's front wing after clipping Vettel when the German passed him, missed out on the podium places as Raikkonen also overtook him. The Finn then lost a place to Daniel Ricciardo, having received a 10-second penalty after hitting the Australian in their battle for fourth.

While Mercedes would rue the fact that Bottas wasn't able to get into the top three, there is still enough reason for them to celebrate the Hungarian Grand Prix 2018 results—their second win in a row after also taking a surprising victory in the German Grand Prix.

Key statistics

Hamilton finished the race with a comfortable 17-second lead to Vettel. With the victory, he has now won exactly half of the races he contested at the track with six.

Interestingly, for the past 14 years, no driver has gone on to win the world title after taking the Hungary race flag in the same season. The last driver to do so was Michael Schumacher in 2004.

Another interesting statistic worth noting in the race was Ricciardo's climb to fourth after starting from P12. With his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen failing to finish after losing power, the Australian racer gave his team a reason to smile as he battled back to secure fourth place.

Ricciardo, indeed, didn't disappoint the Hungarian Grand Prix 2018 odds as he took 12 points for the fighting Red Bull.

Overall, Hamilton now has a 24-point lead over Vettel in the driver standings, 213-189. Mercedes, meanwhile, retook the lead in the best constructor battle, though with only a 10-point advantage over Ferrari.

What's next?

Sebastian Vettel seals second place in the recently-concluded Hungarian Grand Prix 2018
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel in action during the Hungarian Grand Prix 2018

The Formula One season takes a month-long break before returning to action at Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix 2018.

Mercedes have the most titles in the race, but it was Hamilton who won the event last year after edging Vettel in a close fight.

Heading to the break, however, Hamilton issued a warning to their rivals and vowed to turn up the heat in the second half of the season.

"The second half of the season is always intense but it is usually when it gets a bit better on our side," the four-time champion said via BBC. "So we will go away and prepare and make sure we come back stronger."

 

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The Battle of Spa: Formula 1 Action Continues in Belgium

Belgian Grand Prix 2018

It's only been a month since the Formula 1 took its mid-season break, but it seems like a lot of things have happened since the world's fastest sport imposed itself upon our collective consciousness.

Of course, the talk of many Formula 1 2018 betting groups still focus on two men, but the peripherals have seen so much action that you will be forgiven for not knowing everything there is to know about the fastest drivers in the world.

Whether the transformations that happened over the sport's month-long respite will affect the on-track performances of the big-wigs remain to be seen, but we can only say one thing with full confidence. We're just glad that we'll be seeing lightning-quick laps again!

 Talking Points

The championship rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel is still the best conversation starter ahead of this race. Mercedes and Ferrari still have the fastest machines in the competition, and it will be up to the two aces as to whether they will win this competition or not.

Hamilton may have won in Germany and Hungary, but the British superstar admitted that the season is still far from over. The Scuderia have been on the Silver Arrows' tails for most of the season, and the crowd saw the championship lead switch hands between the two motorsport giants for much of the season.

The Briton even went out of his way to say that the Italian team has a better-performing machine compared to the rest of the pack. He thinks Vettel and Ferrari are still as dangerous as ever and have the ability to pull the rug underneath his feet if he isn't careful enough.

The German also knows that starting the second season with a bang will be important for establishing momentum and cutting off into Hamilton's lead. Hamilton has been dominant in the second half of the season, winning 54.84% of races following the summer break since 2013. Winning in Belgium is a must for Vettel's championship dreams.

These two men still dominate the airwaves whenever we talk about the F1, but they aren't the only ones making rounds in Formula 1 2018 news cycles.

Kimi Raikkonen's future has been settled over the summer, and he will remain a Ferrari driver for the 2019 season. With the uncertainty finally out of the way, we can now expect less of the stunts the Flying Finn pulled against Vettel during the German Grand Prix and focus on helping the team achieve the victory.

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Daniel Ricciardo is set to challenge top drivers with new colours

Red Bull received a huge blow to their morale and future plans when their ace Australian has decided to change colours. Daniel Ricciardo will be donning Renault's yellow and black for 2019 and beyond. The talented driver is a huge loss for Red Bull head Helmut Marko and will definitely affect how they race the second-half races of the season.

Force India also make rounds in the news, albeit it wasn't for their racing. Their legal snafus with administration and insolvency might force them to sit out of Belgium and a few important points that could help with their campaign. It would be a huge shame for Force India fans as both of their drivers have performed superbly as of late.

Finally, another Formula 1 star is set to hang up his helmet. Fernando Alonso will be retiring at the end of the season to do other things. The Spaniard is definitely one of the best men to ever drive a Formula 1 car, and many in the racing community will miss seeing him compete in the sport's best tournament.

History

The latest iteration of the Spa-Francorchamps has seen 11 Grands Prix run, and Hamilton has won the most races out of the current drivers in the Formula 1. The Briton won 2017, 2015, and 2010 while taking the pole at 2017, 2015, 2013, and 2008. Raikkonen won here in 2007 and 2009 while Vettel won the 2011 and 2013 races.

The 2017 race has been the fastest one yet: Hamilton posted the fastest qualifying time of 1'42"553 while Vettel had the fastest lap of the race with his 1'46"577. I will not be surprised if these current track records will also be beaten after this year's race.

What are the odds?

Fernando Alonso is on his last races in Formula 1
Fernando Alonso will hang up his helmet at the end of the season

SBOBET tips favour Vettel and Hamilton to win the race, and their previous performances over the last couple of years.

Both of the F1's leading drivers are at 2.20 outright odds to win the tournament. Raikkonen's history with the track also gives him a shot at victory, and bookies gave him the appropriate odds of 7.30. Valtteri Bottas will always be a silent competitor, justifying the bookies' 10.00.

The uncertainty brought about by Ricciardo's defection hurt his chances of harmoniously working with the tea, taking his odds to 21.00. Max Verstappen, meanwhile, got a boost with 16.00.

If you feel sentimental and want to show your love to Fernando Alonso, bookies offer big winning opportunities with 151.00!

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Belgian Grand Prix 2018: Victory for Vettel in F1 Return

Belgian Grand Prix 2018

Lewis Hamilton knew Ferrari are far superior on the straights, and he was proven right as the Scuderia's Sebastian Vettel overtook him in the opening lap—right on the long Kemmel Straight—to take the lead and cruise to victory in the Belgian Grand Prix 2018.

Despite Hamilton cutting the lead to just less than two seconds midway through the race, Vettel's speed and pace were just too much for the Mercedes star who saw his advantage in the Formula One driver standings down by seven points.

While the race was pretty straightforward up front, a crash in the first turn of Lap 1 proved to be a huge moment that, in hindsight, was decisive in the outcome of the contest.

Highlights of the game

It could have been a repeat of last year's Belgium win for Hamilton. After taking the pole position in the 2017 race, the Briton held off Vettel on a circuit that unmistakably favours Ferrari cars.

However, Vettel—perhaps learning from his mistakes last year—didn't allow that to happen and used their straight-line speed advantage to attack right from the start.

There was chaos in the opening exchanges of the race after Nico Hulkenberg mistimed his brake at turn one at La Source. As a result, the Renault driver crashed onto McLaren's Fernando Alonso, who was then sent airborne due to the clash.

Sauber's Charles Leclerc was also forced to retire after Alonso's McLaren flew over his car in the sequence of the incident.

Belgian Grand Prix 2018: Race halted after an opening lap crash
McLaren driver Fernando Alonso is involved in a crash with Sauber's Charles Leclerc during the Belgian Grand Prix

Fortunately for Hamilton and Vettel, they were well clear of the chaos that ensued in the hairpin corner. Nonetheless, sensing that a Safety Car would be deployed soon due to the crash, Vettel wasted no time and immediately showed his intention to overtake instead of waiting for the perfect chance.

The move paid off big time for the German ace as he successfully slipstreamed Hamilton on the Kemmel Straight and fended him off completely going through the Les Combes corner, just in time before the Safety Car.

It was all Vettel right there and then, building a 2.2-second advantage after the restart on Lap 3. Hamilton took a pit stop on Lap 21, and Vettel immediately followed and pitted as well.

The Ferrari star came out ahead but saw his lead cut to 1.5 seconds. Luckily for him, Hamilton struggled to catch him up, with Max Verstappen—who started seventh from the grid—running second and affecting the Brit's chase.

Hamilton passed Verstappen on the Kemmel Straight on Lap 23, but he was not close enough to mount a significant challenge for the front seat.

"I had a great start, Lewis pushed me quite far to the left, but I knew I would have my chance at the top of the hill,” Vettel said after the race via Express. "Timing is crucial and I managed that perfectly, I thought."

"I had a good restart after the Safety Car and after that it was a very smooth race. It was a great weekend."

Hamilton held on to finish second, while Verstappen ended up third. Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, on the other hand, was successful in his damage control as he finished fourth from 17th.

Force India would be happy with the Belgian Grand Prix 2018 results as well, especially with their duo of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon claiming fifth and sixth respectively.

Key statistics

Vettel finished with an 11-second lead over second-placer Hamilton, and that tells the story of how one-sided the race was despite the Belgian Grand Prix 2018 betting odds pointing to a tight affair.

It should be noted though that Hamilton was way ahead of third-placed Verstappen, finishing in front of the Dutchman by roughly 20 seconds.

On the other hand, Vettel is now the third-winningest driver in Formula One history with his 52nd victory. He is only behind Michael Schumacher and current pole-sitter Hamilton.

The win also cuts Hamilton's lead in the driver standings to just 17 points. Nonetheless, with Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen failing to finish, the Silver Arrows moved 15-points clear of the Prancing Horse in the constructors' championship.

What's next?

Next up is the Italian Grand Prix in a week's time. And what better way for Ferrari to continue their ascension than a win at home, at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza where it all started for them?

Belgian Grand Prix 2018 results will surely motivate Lewis Hamilton to defend his Italian Grand Prix title
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the Italian Grand Prix in 2017

While odds at SBOBET favour them to continue their winning ways in Italy, the Scuderia will certainly be cautious of Mercedes and Co. After all, it was in the same circuit where Hamilton took the drivers lead from Vettel en route to winning the 2017 F1 championship.

 

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Formula 1 Adds to the Italian Summer With a Sizzling Monza Race

Italian Grand Prix

Italy will roar to life again as the fastest motor sporting association in the world starts burning rubber at Monza.

It's time for the Italian Grand Prix, and it's in this track where we will see outrageous speeds and daring overtakes dominate the circuit and enthral the fans with a need for speed. Formula 1 has always been welcomed warmly in the sunny, picturesque backdrops of Italia, and fans all over the world cannot wait to see some high-flying action from the world's fastest drivers.

The battle at the summit of the Formula 1 rankings might be ultimately decided here. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel aren't separated by a considerable point gap in the Driver's Championship, and a victory here would do well for their title aspirations.

Given that they both have the fastest machines in Formula 1, there'll be no wonder that both of them would be at the forefront of Formula 1 2018 news during the lead-up to this big race. Of course, there are other drivers worthy of attention, but the two of them shine like blazing flames and we're the speed-hungry moths that can't look away from it.

Talking Points

The season entered the break with Hamilton taking the plaudits with his victory at the Hungaroring. The victory gave the British star a lot of breathing room against his German rival as he tries to win another Formula 1 title with Mercedes.

However, Vettel and Scudario returned to the Formula 1 season with a vengeance at Spa-Francorchamps. Ferrari came out on top of a hectic race that saw retiring racer Fernando Alonso and McLaren wunderkind Charles Leclerc bow out of the competition on the very first turn.

Now that the lead can be trimmed further with another win at a track that is suited to Ferrari's lightning-quick machines, it is expected out of Vettel and the Prancing Horse to win of their adoring home fans and challenge their rivals at Mercedes for the title.

Knowing that an upcoming race could change your fate is something that would drive many drivers to buckle and choke where it matters, but you will find none of that with Ferrari's star driver. The German driver relayed to the press that he and his team will be taking things one step at a time and make sure that their machine will burn the asphalt of the track that was made for cars like theirs.

Fortunately for Hamilton, he will not be fighting this battle alone. Through the majority of his Formula 1 career, Lewis has always clashed with his team-mate and scrapped with him for points. He finally gets a team-mate that will support his championship aspirations in Valtteri Bottas.

Mercedes’ second-choice driver Valtteri Bottas is willing to help the whole team to win the Formula 1 world title
Valtteri Bottas talking to his teammate Lewis Hamilton

The Finn, who is the second-choice driver in the team, came out and said to the media that he is more than happy to help his team turn the Ferrari vs Mercedes odds several betting websites by following team orders and doing everything he can to help Hamilton win.

Red Bull might be trying to steal some points from the two giants if everything goes according to plan. Max Verstappen proved to be speedy during the rainy free practice despite Force India's Sergio Perez getting the quickest time.

Verstappen's performance in this race would lift plenty of spirits in a chaotic Red Bull locker room. With Daniel Ricciardo's defection to Renault, Christian Horner has been scrambling to get a driver to pair up with the Dutch star. A podium finish here would greatly boost the team's confidence.

However, that would only happen if rain was to even hit the track. Weather forecasts at Monza predict race day to be perfectly sunny while the days allotted to free practice and qualifiers are pegged to be rainy affairs.

With that being said, Ferrari's advantage on their home track just got bigger. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the pack would act with the weather being all wonky.

History

Lewis Hamilton leads Sebastian Vettel by 17 points in the standing and winning at Monza will boost his chances of winning his fifth Formula 1 world title
Lewis Hamilton focusing before his practice

Hamilton has won plenty of times in this track, so there's little to no concern among fans as to whether he can actually win in this track. The Briton won three of the last five races, and all of his victories saw him start at pole position.

Meanwhile, Vettel has only won on this track once while racing for Red Bull in 2013. Fortunately for him, Ferrari cars have won on this track 17 times, and the team is intimate with every gravel that sits on the track. They are still the kings of Monza, and it is high time for them to break Mercedes' tyranny on their home track.

What are the odds?

The SBOBET Formula 1 market understand just how big of an advantage Vettel has on this track, giving him 1.63 odds. Hamilton will be on the backfoot, but his 3.00 outright odds tell fans that he has a fighting chance.

Ferrari Driver Kimi Raikkonen is fast enough to contend at Monza, urging punters to give him the third-highest odds of 6.00. Bottas (12.00), Verstappen (34.00), Ricciardo (67), and Perez (151.00) make the rest of the chasing pack.

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Formula 1: Singapore Lights Up, Hamilton Preps for a Thrilling Race!

Singapore Grand Prix 2018

The obvious must be stated about the Singapore Grand Prix: this is one of the races in the Formula 1 calendar with an allure that is pretty hard to ignore.

Just imagine 20 of the fastest cars on the planet racing in one of the narrowest and technically demanding tracks set against a beautiful Singaporean backdrop. That thought alone should be more than enough to get many a motorsport fan into euphoria.

We're at the point of the season where every point now really matters to how a driver or a team will end up on the standings at the end of the season. This race could easily turn the two-horse race at the top on its knees; it could also alter how the standings at the constructor table would look like.

There are virtually only two teams with great Formula 1 2018 odds ahead of this race, but anything can happen in the beautiful night race that is the Singapore Grand Prix!

Talking Points

Sebastian Vettel needs to step up in Singapore to get his Formula 1 title challenge back on track
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel ready to face each other in Singapore Grand Prix

There are only 30 points separating Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. With only a race's worth of points acting as a buffer between the two rivals, I don't think the British Mercedes ace is comfortable with his situation at the moment. He will need to finish first at the Marina Bay Street Circuit if he wants to maintain the distance between him and Vettel.

However, his biggest concerns with Scuderia Ferrari is the fact that the Prancing Horse gets going when it comes to qualifying and the start of the race. The fact that Kimi Raikkonen is at the top of everybody else at the end of the second free practice session is a testament to the brilliance of Ferrari engineering.

Moreover, Vettel brilliantly drove past him in the Belgian Grand Prix last time out, making the most out of the Charles Leclerc-Fernando Alonso crash to get ahead of Hamilton and stay there for the rest of the race.

He also said that his biggest enemy is himself,  and this means that he will be focusing on improving his mental strength and discipline ahead of this very unique race. It would mean terrible things to Hamilton's season if Vettel gets pole position on this track.

Moreover, Vettel is not the only driver Hamilton has to worry about. The narrow, brake-heavy track means that whatever latent power the Mercedes and Ferrari machines have over the competition will be neutralised. This gives way for almost all of the top drivers in the competition to give the top dogs a run for their money on the track.

Red Bull Racing have performed brilliantly over the first two free practice sessions and will be a considerable threat once all the red lights go off. Charles Leclerc, the man in the middle of Formula 1 2018 news as the new driver behind Vettel next season, will also be looking to score points here and build his form ahead of his switch to the Scuderia. Fernando Alonso also has this race as his best chance to snag a Grand Prix victory in his final F1 season.

Of course, Hamilton isn't the only one riddled with problems ahead of this race. After all, all of them have to contend with a very tricky track. The narrow track makes the already-few overtaking opportunities much harder. The fact that the race is done at night will make tyre management a very tricky deal compared to the other races. The weather forecast predicts that there will be rain, making the race a whole lot more dangerous as well.

History

There are a lot of things Hamilton will have to contend with, but I'm pretty sure that he doesn't mind the challenge of winning once again in Singapore. He won the second-ever Singapore Grand Prix in 2009 and won two more ever since. His latest victory, which was last year's race, saw Vettel crash out of the race in lieu of him beating three other racers to finish at the top.

However, the true master of the track has got to be Vettel. The German driver won three straight Singapore GPs (2011-2013) with Red Bull and won the 2015 edition. He is the winningest driver in this young Grand Prix's history and he will do everything to clinch his fifth.

If there's one favourite that can pull off a surprise win at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, it would definitely have to be Alonso. The 37-year-old Spaniard won the first-ever F1 race on Singaporean soil after starting 15th on the grid. It would be a picturesque end to a brilliant career if he wins here.

What are the odds?

Vettel's laser-sharp focus, combined with the manner he won the last grand prix, makes him the easy favourite by leading bookies like SBOBET to win the race. They gave him 1.75 outright odds to win the competition, and there's little doubt that he will make a lot of noise in Singapore.

Hamilton is a far second with 4.50, and he would definitely count on the fickleness of the track to help him skip some places and somehow finish in front of his German rival. Kimi Raikkonen follows the Briton in the books with his 5.50. Max Verstappen has 8.00, and his soon-to-be-former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo has 9.00.

Formula 1 news: Despite racing with a weak car, Fernando Alonso is still eager to perform his best in Singapore Grand Prix
Fernando Alonso looking focused before the race

If you're looking for a wild bet to win you lots of cash, consider Fernando Alonso's 201.00. McLaren's first driver will be raring to finish after crashing out of Belgium, and this track offers him the best chances of making it out of the pack and into the forefront.

Of course, everything will depend on him performing well in the qualifiers, but this fan can dream!

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Singapore Grand Prix 2018: Perfect Night for Flawless Hamilton

Singapore Grand Prix 2018

The battle at the Marina Bay was supposed to be Ferrari's race; however, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has proven that no one can beat him when he is at his indomitable best.

Hamilton put on a stunning display in the Singapore Grand Prix 2018 to extend his lead over Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel and move closer to the Formula 1 Championship title with six races to go.

It was a straightforward race for the Mercedes star who was rarely troubled in the fight. After surprising everyone when he took the pole position in the qualifying, Hamilton showed that it was no fluke as he dominated from start to finish.

Vettel, on the other hand, was left frustrated with a third-place finish after another Ferrari strategy blunder cost him a spot in the night race that had little drama.

Highlights of the game

Mercedes usually have a hard time at Marina Bay, so it's no wonder why Ferrari and Vettel were firm favourites in Singapore Grand Prix 2018 betting. Nonetheless, Hamilton made no mistake and used the pole position to his advantage to make it back-to-back victories in the event.

Hamilton got off to a bright start and held his lead in the crucial first corner to stay ahead. While he lost the front seat when he pitted on Lap 15, the Briton quickly regained the advantage and cruised to an easy victory.

He was never really threatened in the tournament, though there was a nervy moment for Hamilton on Lap 37 when he was held up by backmarkers—Haas' Romain Grosjean and Williams' Sergey Sirotkin—who was driving way slower than him.

That moment saw Hamilton's lead over Verstappen cut to just 1.5 seconds, but the Mercedes driver held on. Verstappen had trouble lapping Grosjean during the backmarker incident, but he later admitted that he had the opportunity to overtake Hamilton but declined because it wouldn't have been "fair."

"I thought it was not fair anyway with the way he was being held up,” the Dutchman said after the race. "I had an opportunity but you can’t overtake into turn 10 and I didn’t want to take the risk."

It was smooth sailing after that for Hamilton as he crossed the finish line 8.9 seconds ahead of Verstappen and 39.9 seconds ahead of Vettel.

Vettel finished third, though he could have had the second place if not for a miscalculation from his Scuderia team. The German ace, who started third, went wheel-to-wheel with Verstappen in the opening lap and managed to surpass him for second in Turn Seven—just in time before a safety car was called after Sergio Perez accidentally pushed his Force India teammate Esteban Ocon into the wall.

Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel feels disappointed after failing to win the Singapore Grand Prix 2018 title
Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel in action during the Singapore Grand Prix 2018 at the Marina Bay

However, Ferrari decided to pit him on Lap 14 to switch his car to ultra-soft tyres in hopes of mounting a challenge for the lead. That strategy fired back big time as Vettel found himself behind Perez, eventually losing time and allowing Verstappen to retake the second spot.

It was a blunder reminiscent of their mistake in the Hungarian Grand Prix 2018, and Vettel was clearly disappointed with the result as he emphasized they never stood a chance with the way they raced.

Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas ended up fourth, while Kimi Raikkonen rounded up the top five finishers.

Key statistics

Hamilton's victory is one of his most lopsided wins this year. His 8.9-second lead over Verstappen is only behind his finishes in Barcelona and Hungary where he ended up with a winning margin of 17 seconds or more.

Moreover, the Briton has now tied Vettel for the most wins in Singapore with four. He also won the title in 2017 when Vettel crashed out of the race.

On the other hand, with the Singapore Grand Prix 2018 results, Hamilton is now 40 points ahead of Vettel in the Championship race with 281. Mercedes are also well clear in the Constructor standings with 452 points, 37 points ahead of Ferrari.

What's next?

With his win in the Singapore Grand Prix 2018, Lewis Hamilton eyes to lead Mercedes to another victory in Russian GP
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas faces Lewis Hamilton as they celebrate for his Russia Grand Prix victory

There's a two-week break before Formula One returns, but the SBOBET motorsport page will keep fans posted about the latest news and happenings in the F1 circuit.

The next stop for the competition is Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix. Mercedes won the race last year, though it was Bottas who surprisingly led the Silver Arrow to victory as Hamilton failed to make a podium finish.

A week after that, the teams and their drivers head to the Suzuka Circuit for the Japanese Grand Prix. It was a circuit where both Mercedes and Ferrari often struggle, but the former will fancy their chances after their one-two finish in last season's edition.

 

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Russian Grand Prix 2018: Hamilton and Vettel Will Battle in Sochi

Russian Grand Prix 2018

The Formula 1 season is slowly reaching a high-octane finish as there are only six races left in the calendar. Every team in the competition knows that every point matters from this point on, and every single decision they will make from this point on will decide as to whether they will meet their preseason expectations or not. The Russian Grand Prix is an especially important race as it is a rather quick track that offers a perfect combination of high-speed sections and intricate braking points. Tyre management will be crucial here as much as engine performance. The results of this race could also determine who will stand atop the lists of many SBOBET motor sport fans. Lewis Hamilton has built a rather sizeable lead over Sebastian Vettel, and a poor result for the Ferrari driver here could trigger the beginning of the end for his season. Will Vettel be able to keep up in Sochi? Or Will Hamilton build on his lead and finish first once more?

Talking Points

Hamilton is coming to this race full of confidence after pulling off a fantastic victory at the Singapore Grand Prix. Hamilton managed to get pole position in the narrow Marina Bay Street Circuit and hold off a rather nervy pursuit by Max Verstappen in the middle stages of the race.
Lewis Hamilton is attempting to secure his fifth F1 title by winning the Russian Grand Prix
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates his Singapore Grand Prix victory

However, the biggest bit of Russian Grand Prix 2018 news is that Hamiton still is not sure of his place. He claims that the 2018 title is still not as good as his. He probably won't be satisfied until he acquires enough points to clinch the season. "I don't think you ever have one hand on it -- you either have both hands on it or you dont," said the Briton ace. He sounded like he is giving more than enough respect for Vettel, who has taken pole position in last year's race. "Six races is still a lot of races. The job, the target and the approach is still exactly the same." It would be fair for one to think that Hamilton is just bluffing and is playing intricate mind games with his closest rival. After all, it is hard to catch up to the Mercedes driver when he is on pole and is doing everything in his power to win. I would still advise keeping an eye on Vettel if you are thinking of putting all of your Russian Grand Prix 2018 betting money on Hamilton, however. The German, who was leading the Driver Standings for a good period of the season, has not won five Grands Prix this season due to mere luck. Everyone and their mother knows that Ferrari have created an especially powerful machine this year. While the results haven't been in Ferrari's favour, the fact that Hamilton's lead can be reversed by the end of two races is enough reason for him to worry. Moreover, Vettel has found success in the Belgian Grand Prix, the Grand Prix among the last couple of races that shares plenty of speed traps and interesting breaking points as Russia. Vettel was also a heavy favourite at Singapore until a curious pit decision crushed his chances of trimming the lead. And now he finished the first free practice session at the top. It is then understandable that Vettel's focus ahead of this race is razor-sharp. He still believes that he can win the Formula 1 season. With the German thinking like this, it is impossible not to look forward to an exciting battle between the two.

History

The Russian Grand Prix has been a long absentee in the Formula 1 calendar, with its last race being in 1914 before making its return 100 years later. There have only been four races in Sochi, and Mercedes have been the master of the track. Hamilton won the first two tournaments, winning the 2014 and 2015 races while taking the first pole position at the Sochi Autodrom. However, the win column does not tell the entire story. Sebastian Vettel has also shown his brilliance on the track. Besides winning the pole of the 2017 race, he has also recorded the fastest lap in the 2015 edition of the race. Now armed with Ferrari's powerful machine, it wouldn't be a bad move to cheer for Vettel here. However, they aren't the only ones worth noticing here. Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton's team-mate at Mercedes, won the 2017 race after a bizarre turn of events saw him finish at the top. Moreover, Kimi Raikkonen recorded the fastest lap in that same race. If either of the two performs well, there shouldn't be any reason for them to try and compete for the top spot.

What are the odds?

Hamilton's proven track record at Sochi places him at the top of the outright market with 1.70. The Briton's steely determination at this point of the season is simply amazing, and it wouldn't be a bad investment to make a bet on him.
Sebastian Vettel has a lot of catching up to do at Russian Grand Prix after struggling for pace in his practice
Sebastian Vettel looking focused before his practice

However, Sebastian Vettel will be hungry and will likely start a title push at this race. If everything goes well at qualifying. It wouldn't be bad to look at his 2.50 outright odds. Bottas gets a rather nice nod from bookies with his 7.00, while Raikkonen is a distant third with his 17.00. Both of these drivers can definitely bring it to the lead drivers if they are on top of their game, but this will entirely depend on their tyre strategy and their qualifying results. If you're looking to make a risky play, Max Verstappen's 61.00 outright odds is the way to go. The Dutch speedster had a sublime race at Singapore and will be a threat to both Scuderia and Mercedes if he gets a top-three spot at the end of qualifiers.

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Tactics and Teamwork: Mercedes Win Russian Grand Prix 2018!

Russian Grand Prix 2018

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are both unhappy with what happened at Sochi, but for Mercedes, winning is all that matters.

Bottas started from pole position and was on pace to win the Russian Grand Prix 2018; however, the Finn driver ended up taking the runners-up spot after the team ordered him to let Hamilton pass as they aim to extend the Briton's championship lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

While that decision may be controversial, using team tactics isn't new to Formula One. And although fans see it as unsportsmanlike, Mercedes' move put them one step closer to winning both the Drivers' and Constructors' World Championship.

Highlights of the game

The Mercedes drivers started in front of the pack, with Bottas looking to defend the Sochi title that he won last year in a bizarre turn of events. But his lead didn't last long as he had to give way to Hamilton midway through the race after Vettel threatened to surpass the Brit driver in the earlier exchanges.

The Silver Arrows feared that Vettel would take advantage of the slipstream heading into the first corner to get the lead—the same way Bottas won the event last year—so Bottas and Hamilton teamed up to fend off the German ace and secure the top places after the first lap.

Nonetheless, another pit stop error caused Hamilton a place and ruined Mercedes' strategy for a comfortable one-two victory.

Bottas pitted first and changed his tyres on Lap 12. After that, Ferrari decided to pit Vettel on the following lap—the moment that Mercedes should have pitted Hamilton as well. Instead of calling their lead driver into the pits, however, the team waited for a lap.

Hamilton was dropping in pace by Lap 14, and so when he changed his tyres, he came out behind Vettel who was just picking up his speed.

The 33-year-old Hamilton, now at third and behind his title rival, relentlessly attacked Vettel and succeeded overtaking him on the fourth corner of Lap 16. Nevertheless, with the 31-year-old German threatening, Mercedes had to ensure that they would get the best out of the situation.

Lewis Hamilton extends his lead from Sebastian Vettel following his victory at the Russian Grand Prix 2018
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the 2018 Russian Grand Prix at Sochi

Hamilton then took the lead on Lap 25 after Bottas allowed him to overtake due to team orders. The teammates were neck and neck against each other throughout the remainder of the race, with Hamilton leading by less than two seconds over Bottas.

It was pretty comfortable for the Mercedes drivers after the swap though, as Vettel failed to challenge Bottas for second and finished five seconds behind the Finn.

Besides the heated battle up front, the chasing pack also didn't fail to entertain, thanks to Red Bull's Max Verstappen who celebrated his 21st birthday with a bang.

The Dutchman grabbed the Russian Grand Prix 2018 highlights as he climbed off from 19th all the way to a fifth-place finish—even going in front at one point before pitting.

Verstappen made it to fifth after ten laps and battled for a podium finish, but his pit stop on Lap 43 seemed a little too late as he didn't have enough chances to challenge Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen who ended up fourth.

Key statistics

Hamilton finished 2.5 seconds ahead of his teammate, but he admitted that he isn't particularly proud of it and added that Bottas deserved to win the contest instead of him.

"Valtteri did a fantastic job all weekend and he was a real gentleman to let me by. He deserved to win," said Hamilton who was the pre-race favourite in Russian Grand Prix 2018 betting.

"It’s the strangest day I can remember in the sport. He was an incredible gentleman. The team took the decision. It’s very weird to feel down. It’s definitely the win on my list of wins that I am least proud of."

For Mercedes, though, they will only see Hamilton's 50-point championship lead over Vettel—a 10-point boost rather than a three-point gain that Hamilton would have gotten had he finished second.

Moreover, Mercedes extended their lead over the Scudetto in the F1 constructor standings. They now have 495 points, 53 ahead of Ferrari and 203 in front of Red Bull Racing.

What's next?

It's three consecutive wins now for Hamilton—having won the recent races in Singapore and Italy—and he will look to make it four straight when the Formula One season heads to the Suzuka Circuit for the Japanese Grand Prix.

After losing in the Russian Grand Prix 2018, Sebastian Vettel hopes to finally claim a win in the upcoming Japanese GP
Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel talks to the press after the Singapore Grand Prix 2018

Hamilton won the Japan battle last year after a mechanical problem kept Vettel out of the race, and the SBOBET motorsport odds are leaning towards another domination from the Englishman given his current form and winning streak.

 

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Japanese Grand Prix Preview: Mercedes Can Win More Here!

Japanese Grand Prix 2018

There are only five races remaining in the Formula 1 season, and Mercedes are at the top of the totem pole when it comes to victories garnered throughout the year. This feat becomes all the more impressive if we put into consideration the fact that Ferrari actually started the year on top form.

However, this also means that the dogfighting will also increase as we approach the end of the season. Ferrari will be looking to topple Mercedes from the top, and they need to produce a superb performance at Japanese Grand Prix to catch up with the German powerhouse.

The same type of chase is also happening in the Driver Standings. Lewis Hamilton has a fifty-point advantage over Sebastian Vettel, and the German needs to pull off an impressive result in this game if he wants to set up a thrilling upset by the time they line up in Abu Dhabi.

Let SBOBET take you for a spin around the latest Japanese Grand Prix 2018 updates to keep you up to date with what to expect before the world's fastest cars line up at Suzuka. After all, this kind of race is one that you shouldn't miss, after all.

Talking Points

Valterri Bottas and Mercedes team are expecting a closer fight for pole position at the Japanese Grand Prix
Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton celebrates during the awarding ceremony of Russian Grand Prix

Vettel and Ferrari face a dire situation if we consider their hopes to wrestle the championship away from the current leaders after Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and the Silver Arrows pulled off a fantastic one-two punch at the Russian Grand Prix. The sheer dominance Hamilton displayed over the course of the race show how the Briton has hit his stride and will not likely cede his position come the start of the race.

Another big problem for them is the fact that Hamilton and his team refuse to sit on their laurels and think of the season as won. They are still wary of Ferrari and believe that the Scuderia are, in fact, holding back in order to surprise everyone come race day.

"Ferrari have turned down a bit," said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. "We are actually losing a bit through the esses, the fast corners, so I think probably Vettel's lap time is a little better at the moment."

The fact that they say this despite Hamilton crushing the competition during Free Practice 1 is a bit insulting to the ardent Ferrari faithful, but that is also a testament to the quality of the machine Ferrari have built for this season.

However, I believe that the biggest issue that will affect all of the teams in the run-up -- not just Ferrari and Mercedes -- is the condition of the track itself.

Japan was hit by two strong typhoons over the past couple of months, and this means that the Suzuka International Racing Course will be a tougher track for teams concerned about their tyre management. The rubber build-up over the past couple of motorsport events on the track was washed away, making the track rougher for the Pirelli tyres of all of the teams involved.

Vettel will have it harder than his rivals at Mercedes, though. The team made a bold decision of bringing 10 sets of supersoft tyres ahead of the race, and he only has one set of new softs and one set of new mediums to manage his practice and qualifying runs ahead of the weekend.

Moreover, the Silver Arrows aren't the only ones he has to worry about. While Max Verstappen claimed that he didn't enjoy racing in this year's cleansed track one bit, Red Bull Racing will still be a tough opponent for them. Force India and Haas have also impressed throughout the year and will be dangerous opponents for them moving forward. Toro Rosso's updated Honda engine will also make life interesting.

Ferrari have a lot on their plate while Mercedes can simply zero in on possibly finishing the season here in Suzuka. There are still four races after this, but the season is theirs to lose at this point.

History

The winner of last year's race is Lewis Hamilton. While he was involved in a rather messy crash with Pierre Gasly, there should be no reason for the neutral fans to back Hamilton in this race. Moreover, he has won the last three races of the season. I don't have a doubt that he will have a wonderful time racing here.

However, it's not like Vettel would just bow out of this track. He has won on Suzuka four times, tied with Hamilton for the most Japan GP victories out of the active drivers. Moreover, there are only fifty points between him and Hamilton. Vettel must use these as motivation to pull off a fantastic race and win his fifth at Suzuka.

Michael Schumacher is the winningest driver of the Japanese Grand Prix with his six wins. A win for either Hamilton or Vettel will edge them closer with one of the sport's most beloved figures.

What are the odds?

The Japanese Grand Prix 2018 odds heavily favour Hamilton, with leading bookies such as SBOBET giving him 1.40 outright odds to win the race. However, if you think Vettel will win this race, a bet for Hamilton to finish in an even-numbered position offers tasty odds of 2.56.

Sebastian Vettel had to redeem himself from last season Japanese Grand Prix that shattered his title hopes
Sebastian Vettel revving up for his practice session at the Suzuka Circuit

Given all that I have mentioned earlier, Vettel gets a justifiably high 5.50. I have an inkling that Vettel will be able to get back on track here, but victory will mainly depend on him getting pole position (something he hasn't done since 2012).

The rest of the Super Six is offering promising rewards: Bottas gets 6.00, the young Verstappen is at 16.00, and Kimi Raikkonen gets 23.00 alongside Daniel Ricciardo.

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Japanese Grand Prix 2018: Hamilton Moves Closer to F1 Glory!

Japanese Grand Prix 2018

Lewis Hamilton put on a clinical victory in the Japanese Grand Prix 2018 to get one step away from his fifth world championship.

The Brit driver was never troubled in the race as he put on a lights-to-flag victory in front of a passionate crowd at the Suzuka Circuit. Adding more to the delight of his Mercedes team, Valtteri Bottas finished second for their second consecutive one-two finish.

Ferrari, on the other hand, seem to be in trouble and their star driver Sebastian Vettel might have just driven himself out of contention after managing to finish just sixth in the contest.

Highlights of the game

It was a rather uneventful race up front as Hamilton cruised to an easy victory in the Land of the Rising Sun. After taking his 80th pole position over the weekend, the British star showed his dominance even more to grab the Japanese Grand Prix 2018 highlights and headlines.

Hamilton was in control throughout and led by five seconds over his Silver Arrows teammate, Bottas, midway through the race. In fact, by Lap 43, Hamilton was already 10 seconds ahead of the Finn as he finished with all smiles on his face.

However, while there was really nothing to see in the battle for first, there was plenty of action and drama behind him, thanks to Vettel and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo who tried their best to get out of the lower spots and make it to the top places.

Vettel started eighth from the grid, but a bright start in the race saw him climb up to fourth by Lap 2—looking well poised to challenge Hamilton and keep himself in the title conversation. Nonetheless, an attempt to overtake Red Bull's Max Verstappen in the Spoon Curve on Lap 8 fired back big time for the German.

The 31-year-old saw an opportunity when the Red Bull slowed down approaching the turn, but Vettel instead collided with Verstappen.

Verstappen managed to control his car and didn't lose much time, but it was different for Vettel who spun all the way back to 19th. The four-time F1 world champion used Ferrari's pace advantage to claw his way back, but sixth is all that he could muster.

On the other hand, Ricciardo started from 15th but roared his way for a fourth-place finish. He was up to 10th seven laps through the race, and then the Australian driver managed to pass McLaren's Fernando Alonso for fourth 13 laps later. He held on to the spot and fended off the Scuderia's Kimi Raikkonen who ended up fifth.

Bottas, on the other hand, received a stiff challenge from Verstappen for second in the closing stages, even reducing the Mercedes drivers' lead to just one second with four laps to go. However, Bottas survived the scare to complete the Silver Arrows' grand finish.

Key statistics

The Japanese Grand Prix 2018 odds at SBOBET suggested a one-sided victory for Hamilton, and that was exactly the case as the Brit secured his third-best finish of the Formula One campaign.

Hamilton finished with a 12-second lead over Bottas, topping his 8.9-second lead to the runner-up in the Singapore Grand Prix. It is also only his third double-digit win over the second placer this year, only behind his performances in Barcelona and Hungary.

Moreover, his 69-second advantage over sixth-placed Vettel is the biggest winning margin between the two in races that they both finish this year. Hamilton also holds the previous mark when he finished 61 seconds ahead of the German in the French Grand Prix.

With results of the race, Hamilton now extends his lead over Vettel in the championship race to 67 points. That means Hamilton can secure the title with a win in Austin, Texas later this month.

Meanwhile, Mercedes are 78 points ahead of Ferrari in the battle for the best constructor, which means they likely have that too in the bag.

What's next?

Following his Japanese Grand Prix 2018 loss, can Vettel still stage a comeback and win the world title this year?
The Ferrari team checks Sebastian Vettel's car during a pit stop in the Japanese Grand Prix

As mentioned, next up is the United State Grand Prix in Texas in two week's time.

Ferrari will hope for the best results when they head to the Circuit of the Americas. Nonetheless, fans are expecting Hamilton to end the Ferrari misery in a track where he hasn't lost for four straight years now.

Hamilton dominated the 2017 US Grand Prix and will surely eye for the same result as he looks to secure the title.

Including the US race, there are only four events left, and the odds are stacked against Vettel and Ferrari to stage a comeback and pip the great Hamilton.

 

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US Grand Prix 2018: Vettel Needs to Catch Up Now!

US Grand Prix 2018

There are only four races left in the Formula 1 season. All of the remaining tracks in the season are challenging courses that will test the cars not only in their horsepower but as well as in their overall tuning. Tyre strategies and race-day set-ups can mean milliseconds lost or gained, and every bit of improvement counts at the business end of the season.

This is especially true if we consider the fact that fifty points separate the top two drivers ahead of the US Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton is slated to win it all again in the United States if everything goes well, and that bit of US Grand Prix 2018 news probably does not sit well with Sebastian Vettel.

Everyone in Scuderia Ferrari knows that finishing with anything but first officially ends their German ace's championship hopes. They have to make sure Vettel gets the pole, get every pit stop right and employ a superb tactic to beat Hamilton to first place if they want to stop the Briton's coronation in Texas.

However, they also know that achieving all of those is easier said than done. As much as Formula 1 is a highly competitive tournament wherein even the most minute detail is accounted for, a bit of chaos and bad luck could see the two-horse race being all the more competitive.

Talking Points

There is much hype surrounding Hamilton after winning at Suzuka. The Briton is now 67 points ahead of his German rival and now only needs nine more points to mathematically secure the 2018 Drivers' Championship. Given the form that Hamilton is in and the state of the rest of the chasing pack, those points seem more of a formality than a challenge.

It has been a wonderful year for Hamilton, and it seems like the worries he had when it came to competing early the in the year is a distant memory. Every challenge thrown his way was met with a hard-nosed Hamilton just keeping his head down and driving through it. Given the way that he cruised through Suzuka, there's no doubt that he will be leading the pack once more at the Circuit of the Americas.

Lewis Hamilton looks to secure his top spot this F1 season as he prepares to win the US Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton celebrates with Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas during the end of the Japanese Grand Prix

While Hamilton's driving is the main reason for his success, the team has also been more than supportive to the driver. Valtteri Bottas is a very accommodating team-mate and is doing his job extremely well as a No2 driver. The additional downforce and improvements the Mercedes engineers introduced to their cars can also be credited for his success.

On the red end of the pit lane, Vettel is wallowing in regret. His form crashed alongside his car at the German Grand Prix, and he spent the rest of the season trying to recapture the early-season form that saw him rise to the top during the early stages of the season.

He himself admitted that he and the team should have done better to mount a fierce battle with Hamilton and Mercedes. He ceded ahead of the Austin race that his team's rivals are doing a better job of not bottling the lead.

The most notable of the moments he will mull about this year is his rough collision with Red Bull's Max Verstappen. While he wasn't put out of commission, he ended up in 19th and had to claw his way back to a sixth-place finish, one point behind his starting grid position.

Ferrari fans will be hopeful that Vettel doesn't come to this race with low motivation. There are multiple overtaking points in this race, and he can use his superb driving skills to have a better crack at the first place. Vettel needs to step up his race if he wants to set up a dramatic finish in Abu Dhabi.

If he performs poorly, however, we can treat the remaining races of the season as a long victory lap for his British rival.

History

Lewis Hamilton has fond memories of the United States Grand Prix. He has won the last race at Indianapolis in 2007 after starting the race at pole position. He then won six of the seven races when the Circuit of the Americas was added to the Formula 1 schedule in 2012. Vettel was the only one who broke the monotony of Hamilton's dominance in the US when he won with Red Bull in 2013.

However, the Briton is not only after a fifth straight US Grand Prix victory. As mentioned earlier, he is only nine points away from winning the F1 Drivers title. That means that he is only one race away from his fifth World Championship, matching Juan Manuel Fangio's record.

Hamilton has nothing but love for the Argentine speedster and is obviously stoked to be given the opportunity to match the Formula 1's "godfather". Should he win in the United States, he would be only two titles away from Michael Schumacher's seven.

SBOBET motor sport fans know this tidbit of history and will be interested to see how this race goes.

What are the odds?

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are surely the favourites to finish first in the US Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton (left) and Sebastian Vettel (right) during the Japanese Grand Prix

The US Grand Prix 2018 betting odds surely favour the Mercedes man to take the first place and win it all at 1.40 outright, but that doesn't really make for compelling betting.

If you believe that Vettel will be able to prolong Hamilton's victory, you will get good winnings at SBOBET with the 6.00 outright odds on offer. Bottas also got six, while Max Verstappen is at 11.00 and Kimi Raikkonen is at 16.00.

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US Grand Prix 2018: Fantastic Win for Kimi Raikkonen as Lewis Hamilton Flops

US Grand Prix 2018

Ferrari certainly know how to spoil a party...even just for a brief period of time.

What could have been a title-clinching win for Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton at the US Grand Prix 2018 burst like a bubble as the Scuderia—behind surprise winner Kimi Raikkonen—took the crown at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.

Raikkonen, who has worked behind the shadow of teammate Sebastian Vettel over the last four years, hoarded the spotlight this time after denying Hamilton the victory and making the Brit driver wait for his fifth world championship.

Mercedes would rue their failure to close out the season in a tournament that Hamilton dominated in the past four seasons. However, they have no one to blame but themselves after their tyre strategy backfired late in the race.

Highlights of the game

Two-Stop vs. One-Stop makes the difference

Tyre strategy was the story of the game for Mercedes and Ferrari. To put it simply, Mercedes opted for a two-stop strategy while Ferrari chose to pit just once—and that made the difference in what was a close race up front.

Hamilton started from pole position and was expected to dominate in the circuit where he has won four consecutive titles since 2014. Nonetheless, Raikkonen had other plans and showed what he got, overtaking the British star right off the first turn to take the lead.

Raikkonen and Hamilton remained neck and neck against each other, but Mercedes and their ace driver seemed to have positioned themselves well when they decided to pit Hamilton on Lap 11 under a virtual safety car condition.

Hamilton saved at least 10 seconds with the move, and it didn't take long before he cut Raikkonen's lead. The Mercedes star was less than a second behind the Finn driver on Lap 19, and so when Raikkonen changed his tyres two laps later, Hamilton found himself leading the race again.

While Mercedes' strategy appeared to pay huge dividends, it became clear that they needed to pit Hamilton again.

Lewis Hamilton failed to convert another outstanding pole position following his US Grand Prix 2018 defeat
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton during the US Grand Prix 2018 auto race at the Circuit of the Americas

Hamilton was ahead of Raikkonen by 16 seconds midway through the race, but the 39-year-old veteran slowly cut the deficit as Hamilton's pace continue to decrease, no thanks to the wear and tear on his tyres.

Hamilton was forced to change tyres again on Lap 37, and that was the opportunity Raikkonen was waiting for in order to take the lead. The 33-year-old Hamilton came out fourth, ahead of title rival Vettel and behind Raikkonen, Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Bottas allowed Hamilton to bypass him, setting up a tight race with 16 laps to go in the contest. However, Hamilton's effort was not enough as he failed to overtake the two leaders and ended up third.

Vettel managed to move up to fourth after an error from Bottas on the penultimate lap. The German ace, though, never had a chance to win the tournament after dropping all the way down to 15th after a clash with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in the opening frame.

Surprising disqualifications

The drama wasn't all in the race, though. In a surprising turn of events, Force India's Esteban Ocon and Haas' Kevin Magnussen were both disqualified in the contest after some solid effort that landed them the eighth and ninth place, respectively.

According to the latest US Grand Prix 2018 news, the two were stripped off their positions and the points that go along with it after race officials discovered fuel use irregularities.

The official Formula 1 website reported that Ocon's car " had exceeded the fuel mass flow limit of 100kg/hr on the opening lap of the race." Meanwhile, Magnussen's car "was found to have used more than the maximum 105kg of fuel allowed during the race."

Key statistics

The pre-race US Grand Prix 2018 odds at SBOBET put Raikkonen as the fifth likely winner, so his victory was undoubtedly surprising.

Nevertheless, it sure didn't come easy for the so-called Iceman. Only 1.3 seconds separate Raikkonen from second-placed Verstappen. Moreover, Hamilton finished just 2.3 seconds behind the race leader, making for a tight battle in the closing stages.

It is now the second-closest race this year, only behind the Bahrain Grand Prix that saw Vettel finish ahead Bottas by less than one second.

With the results, Hamilton now leads Vettel by 70 points and needs just five points in the last three races to defend his world drivers' championship title.

On the other hand, Ferrari were able to reduce Mercedes' lead at the top of the constructor standings to just 66 points. The Silver Arrows were up 78 after the Japanese Grand Prix, but the first and fourth-place finish at Austin ensured the team they still have a fighting chance.

What's next?

Sebastian Vettel looking frustrated with his standing in the US Grand Prix 2018
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel looks at the results from the final practice session of US Grand Prix 2018

It's the Mexican Grand Prix later this month, and Mercedes will have their fingers crossed in the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez after their relatively poor performance in the circuit last year.

Hamilton and Bottas finished third and fourth in the 2017 edition of the race as Vettel took the chequered flag. Fortunately for Mercedes, they only need Hamilton to finish at least seventh to end the title fight.

 

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Mexican Grand Prix: The Season is Hamilton’s to Lose!

Mexican Grand Prix 2018

There's no reason for Lewis Hamilton to lose the Formula 1 season, does he?

The Briton is on pace to win the Drivers' Championship after impressing through the second half of the Formula 1 calendar. He only needs a good result in the Mexican Grand Prix to secure his spot as the victor and race in the remaining races without any issues.

However, I don't think the rest of the chasing pack will allow him much comfort. Sebastian Vettel is pushing himself and his car to the limit to salvage his season and set up a climactic final duel at Abu Dhabi. Max Verstappen dropped the gauntlet on the two leading racers in the manner only a brazen young star like him could. There's also no reason to believe that the rest of the 17 racers in the starting grid will be driving to get some points for their own campaigns and personal objectives.

If Hamilton bottles the job here, his failure will be the biggest Mexican Grand Prix 2018 news on Monday. However, he will be the toast of the town if he seals the deal here!

This season is Hamilton's to lose, and I doubt the Briton would like it any other way.

Talking Points

Hamilton is most likely hitting himself on the head after a poor gamble on his tyre strategy delayed his championship coronation at the Circuit of the Americas. We cannot take away from Raikkonen's brilliant US Grand Prix, of course, but Hamilton had more than enough opportunities to take home the bacon in front of an adoring United States crowd.

It's fortunate for him that Vettel -- his long-standing rival for the title -- finished behind him and wasn't able to gain ground on his chase. Hamilton knows that he has a sure-fire chance to win at Mexico, and he is determined to end the season at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

"If I were sitting at home, making toast for breakfast and just watching the races on TV, maybe I would want the title chase to go right through to the end," Hamilton said before practice. "But I am not at home, and when you are actually living in the situation, you just want to get it done."

Fortunately for him, he is saved by the brilliant run of victories he secured during the second half of the season. His last win, a dominant display in Suzuka, gave him breathing room to finish the season with at least a seventh-place finish in Mexico City.

This situation isn't only due to Hamilton performing to his usual standards. The comedy of errors displayed by Sebastian Vettel is also key to the Briton's impending 2018 triumph.

The German received a lot of criticism with the way he bottled his chances. While his peers defended him from the F1 press' consistent jabs, he took responsibility for his howlers. He assessed the criticisms hurled at him as "fair" and will surely do everything he can in Mexico to keep his hopes alive.

Max Verstappen looks to make a case for himself as he aims for a podium finish in the Mexican Grand Prix
Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen during his practice session for the Mexican Grand Prix

If you think that there wouldn't be any drama left of the season, you will be in for a surprise. Max Verstappen enjoyed a good run of form over the past few races and is determined to make the last races of the season all about him.

The young Dutchman threw down the gauntlet to the two leading drivers and challenged them for the Mexican Grand Prix crown after pulling off such an impressive climb from 18th to second in Texas last time out.

Verstappen, who finished top of the pack during practice, will be bringing a fun and brazen charm that the monotonous Hamilton-Vettel storyline sorely lacks. If the Dutchman does take the pole by the race's start, we will have an interesting race in our hands.

History

Hamilton is obviously the big favourite to win the race and the season. The Briton's red-hot form as of late is hard to deny, and he doesn't tend to bottle his opportunities. Moreover, he won the 2016 race after starting at the pole.

However, the Briton might not be especially looking to win it all here. After all, he only needs to finish seventh in order to secure his fifth Formula 1 title. He might just look to finish within the top seven and play a safe approach ahead of this game.

Moreover, Verstappen has a lot of momentum coming into this race. Not only did he finish a brilliant race in America, but he also won the 2017 race while starting in second. He has also shown a tendency to perform brilliantly late in the season over the past couple of years.

What are the odds?

A quick look at the Mexican Grand Prix 2018 odds at leading online bookies like SBOBET point to Verstappen as the big winner at 2.00 outright. Everyone is captivated by the Dutchman's braggadocio, and I cannot blame you for it.

Sebastian Vettel is still looking to dethrone Lewis Hamilton as he aims to win the Mexican Grand Prix
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel talks to his team before the Japanese Grand Prix

If you think Vettel can put on a chase, he has outright odds of 4.00. Hamilton has the same odds: he isn't looking to win, after all.

However, it wouldn't be bad to put your money on a local hero. Sergio Perez just loves racing in front of his home fans, and there's no reason to believe that he will not perform here. If you believe that the Mexican can take the top spot, go for an ultra-risky punt and choose him for 301.00 outright.

 

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Mexican Grand Prix 2018: Fourth Place and a Reason to Celebrate for Lewis Hamilton

Mexican Grand Prix 2018

Fourth place—and the 12 points that go with it—is all what Lewis Hamilton needed to secure the World Drivers' Champions for the fifth time in his career.

The Mercedes star described his performance in the Mexican Grand Prix 2018 as "horrible" after producing his worst result since the Austrian Grand Prix. However, while he may not be happy with fourth place, the trophy is what matters at the end of the day.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen won the crown at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez with a scintillating display, while Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel had to settle for second and more disappointment despite his effort to keep the title fight alive.

Highlights of the game

Horrible race, great result

Hamilton needed to finish at least seventh in order to clinch the title, and he achieved both despite struggling for the most part of the race.

Starting third from the grid, Hamilton battled with tyre wear and vibration throughout. He was the first one to take a pit stop, on Lap 12, to change to supersoft tyres, but the tyre problem continued to hound him as he found himself in trouble again midway through the contest

The Brit driver climbed up to second, but he held the spot for only a quarter of the race. Vettel surpassed him on Lap 39—no thanks to his tyres—and Hamilton was hammered more misery when he locked up on turn one and headed to the grass on Lap 47.

Fortunately, he was able to recover and returned to the track, though on fourth and behind Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

Hamilton eventually pitted and rejoined the race in sixth with 24 laps to go. He moved up to fifth and gained some breathing space when his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, changed to fresher tyres. After that, he benefitted from a Ricciardo retirement to move to fourth en route to the title.

"The race itself today was pretty horrible. I got a great start and was really working my way up, but then we were really struggling with the tyres, both Valtteri and I. I was just trying to hold on and bring the car home," Hamilton said via ESPN after the race.

Verstappen dominates, Vettel tries

Max Verstappen has thrashed Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez to seal the Mexican Grand Prix 2018 silverware
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen lifts his Mexican Grand Prix 2018 trophy alongside second placer Sebastian Vettel

While Hamilton won the season, Verstappen ensured that it wouldn't be the double victory that the Mercedes driver was aiming for.

The Mexican Grand Prix 2018 odds at SBOBET pointed to a Verstappen win, and the 21-year-old more than lived up to expectations.

The Dutchman took the lead right into turn one of the opening lap, overtaking his Red Bull teammate Ricciardo who was in pole position. Verstappen never looked back after that and was barely threatened in the race.

Verstappen was ahead of Hamilton by 10 seconds on Lap 26, and his lead over the chasers got only bigger as the race progressed.

Put simply, there wasn't much of a battle up front, as Verstappen ended the race with a 17-second lead over the second-placer.

Vettel—fourth from the starting lane—knew that the only way to keep his slim title chances alive is with a victory in Mexico, and he undoubtedly entered the race with the determination to win.

The German ace got a much-needed break when Ricciardo retired due to engine failure with 10 laps to go. He seized the second spot after the incident, but it was a little too late as Verstappen was already ahead by 15 seconds at that point.

Vettel finished second while his Ferrari teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, grabbed third. Mercedes' Bottas, on the other hand, settled for fifth.

Key statistics

Historic feat

Hamilton is now a five-time world champion, allowing him to surpass F1 legend Alain Prost and Vettel who were previously tied with him with four.

The 33-year-old also equalled the great Juan Manuel Fangio. He is only two behind the record of Michael Schumacher.

Even more remarkable, this victory only shows Hamilton's dominance over the past five years. He has now won four titles in the last five seasons, with then-Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg the only one breaking his streak with a surprise run in 2016.

Cursed car

While Hamilton's win took the headlines of Mexican Grand Prix 2018 news, Ricciardo's unfortunate finish also received some spotlight.

Daniel Ricciardo feels upset after failing to finish the Mexican Grand Prix 2018
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo in action during the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix

As mentioned, the Australian driver received another "Did Not Finish" tag after an engine failure forced him to retire. Even more frustrating was the fact that he is on pace for a podium finish with just a few laps left in the race.

It was his eighth retirement in 19 races this season, and after this incident, it's no wonder why he chose to leave the team.

Battle of the constructors

Back-to-back one-two finishes in the Russian Grand Prix and Japanese Grand Prix put Mercedes well ahead in the Constructors' championship. However, their four-five finish in Mexico, coupled with Ferrari's second and third, give the Scuderia a chance to surpass them in the final two races this November.

Only 55 points separate the two teams, and Ferrari can spoil the Mercedes party by winning the top two spots in the remaining contests and preventing the Silver Arrows from making it to the podium.

What's next?

Up next is the Brazilian Grand Prix in mid-November followed by the final race in Abu Dhabi a week before December.

As cited, the battle for the constructors and the other standings is the only thing left to play for, though that should still make the final races interesting.

 

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