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Formula 1 Update: Ricciardo crashes before Hamilton salutes

Tue, May 1, 11:21am by Staff Writer

After only four races in the 2018 Formula 1 season there are two drivers who are equal favourites to take out the Championship.

Lewis Hamilton started the season as a red-hot favourite to claim back-to-back drivers championships, but after winning the first two races of the season, Sebastian Vettel is now equal favourite at $2.

Hamilton was fortunate to take out the most recent Grand Prix in Azerbaijan after a number of drivers failed to finish the race.

The most high-profile drama from Baku was the crash between Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.

After the pair collided on lap 40 with Verstappen clipping the Ricciardo’s rear wheel and neither driver was able to finish the race, both were forced to apologise to the team as tensions appeared to simmer behind the scenes.

It was a forgettable day for Red Bull who have now had two retirements in the constructors championship this season and already trail Ferrari by nearly 60 points in the standings.

Ricciardo can be buoyed by the fact that he won the Chinese Grand Prix three weeks ago and the team won the constructors points that afternoon too, but sooner rather than latter the Ricciardo-Verstappen to and fro will have to come to an end. Comparisons are being drawn to former Red Bull rivals Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel some years ago.

Ricciardo sit fifth in the drivers standings after two retirements, despite his race win in China. He is third favourite to take out the championship, but at long odds of $23.

Finnish veteran Kimi Raikkonen is currently third in the standings after three podium finishes in four races. He is $41 to take out the championship.

His compatriot Valtteri Bottas was touted to be a big mover in the standings in 2018 but has struggled this season. He has two second place finishes to his name, but also an 8th and 14th, lacking the consistency to challenge the top drivers this season. He is $26 to take out the drivers championship.

Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen was $8 to take out the championship before the season began, third favourite in the market, but he is now a massive outsider at $41 after two retirements. He sits eighth in the current drivers standings.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso is another driver who has shown consistency this season, despite not challenging for a podium finish. He has had three seventh placed finishes this season and is sixth in the current standings. Alonso is an enormous $501 to take out a miraculous Formula 1 championship.

In the Constructors Championship market Mercedes are the current favourites at $1.62 ahead of Ferrari at $2.63.

After four races it is Ferrari with a narrow four point lead over Mercedes, with the chasing pack led by Red Bull who are some distance behind and are $15 to win the Constructors crown.

The next Formula 1 race takes place in a fortnight in Spain, with Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton dual favourites at $2.40 at Sportsbet. Valtteri Bottas is the best priced of the outsiders at $8.50, with Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo at $10.

Sportsbet Markets

F1 Drivers Championship Odds

Sebastian Vettel $2

Lewis Hamilton $2

Daniel Ricciardo $23

Valtteri Bottas $26

Kimi Raikkonen $41

Max Verstappen $41

Fernando Alonso $501

F1 Constructors Championship Odds

Mercedes $1.62

Ferrari $2.63

Red Bull Racing $15

McLaren $501

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