Lewis Hamilton goes into this Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix having already been crowned F1 champion. The Briton gained the title for third time by winning the United States Grand Prix on October 25th. The bookies are already making Hamilton the favourite to celebrate his championship win with a first place finish at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, which would be his 11th of the season.
The Bleacher Report is reporting odds of 8/15 for Hamilton, 11/4 for Nico Rosberg, 10/1 Sebastian Vettel and 40/1 Valtteri Bottas. So apart from the small matter of actually starting and finishing the race, is victory for the reigning F1 champion assured?
Tipster Tom Millard is not so sure. Writing in the Sporting Life he claims: “Hamilton lives for winning races, for taking on the best in the world mano-a-mano and coming out ahead.
“But we can’t be sure that he’ll maintain the hunger to keep reeling off the race wins now the ultimate prize is back on his mantelpiece.”
Millard also points out that this is the first time Hamilton has won the world title with races in hand. Also he has been enjoying himself on the American west coast in recent days and that could just take the edge off his performance when he comes south of the border for this weekend’s race.
In case that assertion, along with the short odds on a Hamilton victory, puts doubts in the minds of the punters Millard has come up with another solution, an each way bet on a Vettel victory. He writes: “Punters could always rely on Sebastian Vettel to jealously covet race wins, to keep on racking up the records and stacking up the statistics.”
Victory on Sunday would also put Hamilton on course to match Vettel’s record of 13 victories in the same calendar year — one which the German will be seeking to guard.