The F1 season rolls onto Hungary this weekend following a routine victory for Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix last time out. That was perhaps a tipping point in the season because it put the British driver to within one point of championship leader Sebastian Vettel and with the Mercedes team having a pretty strong run of form out in Hungary, then there could be even bigger smiles for Hamilton and the team this weekend. Since his win at the British Grand Prix Hamilton is now in at 8/13 with 10bet to win the Drivers Championship, the shortest price he has been all season.
Hamilton is 10/11 odds on favourite at Ladbrokes to win the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend and that is actually decent value to snap up. He was brilliant and commanding at Silverstone and he is the man carrying all of the form at the moment. Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari is a big priced 4/1 second favourite for the race and the two of them have been a lot closer at the head of the market for races this season than that. So that suggests the bookmakers are recognising that the season is fully turning in favour of Hamilton.
The British driver really hasn’t been beaten per-se since Canada this season. He was denied potential victories in both Austria and Azerbaijan because of his car, but when he has stayed on the track he has won. With teammate Valtteri Bottas chipping in, it has helped Hamilton reel in Vettel. Hamilton has a great track record at Hungary as well, with five previous wins there and his form will have Vettel sweating badly at the moment. Hamilton’s wins in Hungary have come in 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2016.
Since his win at the Monaco Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel has been struggling, having gotten back on the podium just once in the subsequent four races. That’s not good enough and he has to be feeling the pressure now. Vettel has won the race once before though, which was back in 2015 before Hamilton reclaimed it last season. So with Vettel crumbling a bit, that should bring Valtteri Bottas into play for the race with now four consecutive podium finishes in the bag for his current form.
Top Betting Tips
It has to be Hamilton to be backed as the favourite for this one, and he can be confidently taken at 5/6 to claim pole position as well because he has pulled out some stunning qualification laps lately to regain control of the season. You can treble up with him as well landing the fastest lap at 10/11 with bet365. At the moment it’s hard to see anyone touching him unless his car lets him down.