Tue, Jul 31, 1:46pm by Staff Writer
Lewis Hamilton recorded his fifth race victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix on the weekend, extending his lead atop the Drivers Championship to a season-high 24 points.
Hamilton is now $1.40 at Sportsbet to win the Drivers Championship after impressive back-to-back race wins.
The Mercedes driver dominated the race at the Hungaroring, finishing more than 17 seconds ahead of rival Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel denied Mercedes a one-two finish when he overtook Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas who slipped back to fifth.
At this point last season, Hamilton trailed Vettel by 14 points, but he now goes into the three-week mid-season break with all of the momentum in the race for his fifth Drivers Championship.
Vettel is priced at $2.75 to win the Drivers Championship, after leading the standings after the British Grand Prix.
Ferrari did not enjoy the best of races in Hungary, with both Vettel and Raikkonen experiencing slow tyre changes during their pit stops.
The Hungaroring is one of the most challenging on the calendar for overtaking, which made Ferrari’s pit spot mishaps even more costly.
In the stifling conditions, Ferrari sensationally forgot to replenish Raikkonen’s water supply after his second pit stop, with the veteran Fin crossing in third spot despite this mishap.
Raikkonen has had an impressive season as he has played second fiddle to Vettel, as per Ferrari team strategy.
He has managed eight podium finishes and is third in the Drivers Championship, 43 points behind his teammate.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo has had a tumultuous season, which has included three retirements and two race wins.
The Hungarian Grand Prix was one of his best performances of the season as he surged up the grid from 12th to finish in fourth position.
Ricciardo was involved in two incidents, which could have ended his race. The first took place on lap one with Marcus Ericsson that dropped the Australian to 16th in the race.
The second was near the race’s end, when Valtteri Bottas lost control of his car and bumped Ricciardo off the track. Bottas was given a 10-second time penalty and told not to overtake Ricciardo by his team.
The Fin finished the race in fifth position after occupying a podium position for much of the day.
The Constructors Championship is a race in two, with Mercedes priced at $1.40 to take out the prize, followed by Ferrari at $2.75.
Mercedes hold a 10-point advantage in the standings with nine races to go.
The next Formula One race takes place on Sunday, 26 August 2018 in Belgium.
Hamilton is a $2.25 favourite to win the race at Sportsbet, with Vettel priced at $2.63.
Sportsbet F1 Markets
Lewis Hamilton $1.40
Sebastian Vettel $2.75
Valtteri Bottas $151
Kimi Raikkonen $151
Max Verstappen $251
Daniel Ricciardo $251
Red Bull Racing $51
Force India $501
F1 Belgium Grand Prix Odds
Lewis Hamilton $2.25
Sebastian Vettel $2.63
Valtteri Bottas $8
Kimi Raikkonen $11
Max Verstappen $15
Daniel Ricciardo $17
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