Fri, Jun 15, 3:49pm by Staff Writer
Sebastian Vettel claimed his third race victory of the 2018 Formula 1 Championship, finishing more than seven seconds ahead of second placed Valtteri Bottas at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal on Monday morning.
Vettel has now surpassed Lewis Hamilton in the drivers standings, holding a one point lead against the Mercedes driver.
Vettel is now a $2.25 chance of winning the Drivers Championship, with Hamilton a $1.72 favourite at Sportsbet.
Hamilton finished fifth in Montreal, in a race that has received some post-match scrutiny due to the chequered flag being waved one lap too early by supermodel Winnie Harlow.
Vettel claimed a wire-to-wire victory, as he remarked after the race that he didn’t feel as though the race was over when the flag was waved. His team agreed, stating that he completed only 69 of the required 70 laps.
Monday’s victory for Vettel’s 50th of his career, his second in Montreal and the first for his manufacturer Ferrari at the circuit since 2004 when Michael Schumacher was victorious.
Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo set a blistering pace during the final lap of the race, only to learn that he would be robbed of his fastest lap achievement due to Harlow’s misjudgment.
While the error did not have implications on the race as all drivers continued until the end, it was determined the final two laps of the race would be voided and wiped from the record.
Outside of that debacle, Ricciardo raced expertly in the opening stages of the race, overtaking Kimi Raikkonen and Hamilton in the pits to claim fourth place.
His teammate Max Verstappen who has had a horror start to the season with a number of poor finishes to races, raced away from Ricciardo to claim third place on the podium.
A massive collision between Lance Stroll and Brendon Hartley interrupted the race early on, with Hartley wedged into a wall and rising spectacularly into the air.
The Drivers Championship remains a race in two, with Hamilton and Vettel fighting it out for the 2018 Championship.
Ricciardo is third-best priced at $34, with Vallteri Bottas at $41 and Max Vestappen at $101 the next best.
Mercedes continue to have a stranglehold on the Constructors Championship and are $1.33 favourites to win that crown.
They are 17 points ahead of Ferrari, holding a 206-189 points advantage, with Ferrari paying $3.50 at Sportsbet.
The next Grand Prix race takes place in France at the Circuit Paul Ricard for the first time, after more than a decade’s hiatus.
F1 Drivers Championship Odds – Sportsbet
Lewis Hamilton $1.72
Sebastian Vettel $2.25
Daniel Ricciardo $34
Valtteri Bottas $41
Max Vestappen $101
Kimi Raikkonen $151
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