Fri, Jul 27, 1:28pm by Staff Writer
The 2018 Formula One season is almost at its intermission and through 11 races, it is Lewis Hamilton who has a 17-point lead in the Drivers Championship ahead of German Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton is a $3.75 underdog to win this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, a race he has been victorious in five times and most recently in 2016.
It is Vettel who is the race’s defending champion and after taking pole position he never relinquished the lead, finishing less than a second ahead of Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen last season.
Vettel is a $2.75 favourite to win the Hungarian Grand Prix and atone for a miserable German Grand Prix last weekend.
He was forced to retire on lap 52, gifting Hamilton a win and 25 valuable points in the Drivers Championship.
Formula One has had a presence in Hungary since 1986, with the race traditionally held at the midway point of the season.
Of all the racetracks on the calendar this season, only Monaco and Monza have longer streaks of hosting a Grand Prix than the Hungaroring.
The track is full of low and medium speed turns, which theoretically suits Austrian manufacturer Red Bull, however the team have only won the race twice.
Australian’s Daniel Ricciardo in 2014 and Mark Webber in 2010 have been victorious, with the former a $5.50 chance of tasting victory this weekend.
Even last year’s winner Sebastian Vettel is predicting big things from Red Bull in this race, saying that the Red Bulls “will be the favourite for Hungary”.
This is reflected in the Team of Winning Driver market, which Red Bull lead at $2.27, ahead of Ferrari at $2.63.
Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen is third favourite to win the race at $4.33 at Sportsbet.
The winner of the Hungarian Grand Prix has not been the most fortunate when it comes to winning the Drivers Championship.
The last winner of this race in Hungary to go on and achieve that glory was Michael Schumacher in 2004, with only eight times out of 33 races, has the winner of this race gone on to win it all.
The points difference between Hamilton and Vettel has not eclipsed 17 points all season, where it stands before this race.
The result of this Grand Prix is crucial to Ferrari and Vettel’s hopes of challenging Hamilton in the second half of the season.
Valtteri Bottas has a wonderful streak of 64 races of not being eliminated in qualifying one, which stretches back to Monaco 2015.
This Grand Prix, as it has in the past, will take place in blistering hot conditions. Temperatures will hover around the 30-degree Celsius mark, with a chance of thunderstorms on Friday.
Best bet- Sebastian Vettel to win $2.75
Hungary F1 Grand Prix Odds – Sportsbet
Sebastian Vettel $2.75
Lewis Hamilton $3.75
Max Verstappen $4.33
Daniel Ricciardo $5.50
Kimi Raikkonen $13
Valtteri Bottas $19
Sebastian Vettel $1.25
Lewis Hamilton $1.45
Max Verstappen $1.72
Daniel Ricciardo $2
Kimi Raikkonen $3.25
Valtteri Bottas $3
Team of Winning Driver
Red Bull $2.27
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