Thu, Jun 21, 3:03pm by Staff Writer
The Formula 1 season heads to the Circuit Paul Ricard this weekend for the French Grand Prix.
This will be the first Formula 1 GP held in France since 2008, which was held at the Magny-Cours circuit.
Held in Le Castellet near Marseille, this will be the first F1 race held at Circuit Paul Ricard which should make for an interesting weekend of racing.
Sebastian Vettel’s victory at the Canadian Grand Prix a fortnight ago has seen him take a one point lead in the overall standings. He sits on 121 points, with arch rival Lewis Hamilton on 120 following his fifth place showing and Valtteri Bottas on third position on 86 points, who finished second behind Vettel in Canada.
Hamilton remains the favourite for the championship at $1.72 with Vettel at $2.25.
With no Mercedes driver having triumphed in France over it’s previous 86 GP’s, Hamilton and Bottas will be determined to change that statistic this weekend.
Both Vettel and Hamilton share the top line of betting as $2.63 joint favourites which reflect the evenness on the drivers standings.
Bottas and Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen follow them at $8.00 with Australian Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull rated a $10 chance.
The only other driver under triple digits in outright betting is Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen at $15.
If you would like to put some money on the other competitors within the race, the Top 6 Finish market offers nice value which should keep you entertained throughout the race.
Fernando Alonso at $2.88, Nico Hulkenberg at $3.10 and Sergio Perez at $3.60 are well worth a look.
The French Grand Prix will form the first leg of an F1 triple header which sees the driver’s compete in France, Austria and Britain across three consecutive weekends.
Hamilton has the opportunity to create a unique record on the weekend where if he triumphs in France will take outright lead in the most wins at different GP’s, with him and retired legend Michael Schumacher currently sitting on 22.
With the next three weeks set to play a pivotal role in determining who will take the championship this season, expect Vettel and Hamilton to not give an inch to each other this weekend.
Hamilton will be keen to atone from his performance in Canada and expect him to prevail in France in what should be an exciting weekend of racing.
Suggested Bet: Lewis Hamilton to win @ $2.63 (Outright Betting)
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