Fri, Aug 31, 8:35am by Staff Writer
After a dramatic race in Belgium, drivers head to the iconic Autodromo Nazionale Monza for the 2018 Italian Grand Prix.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton leads the Drivers Championship by 17 points and is a $2.75 underdog to win Monza on Sunday night.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will have all of the local support as he chases Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers Championship.
He is priced as the $1.91 favourite to win and will need to seize upon this weekend’s crowd support and favourable conditions to close the gap on Hamilton.
Vettel has won three times at Monza, once with Toro Rosso and twice with Red Bull.
Ferrari hasn’t won at Monza since Fernando Alonso triumphed in 2010, with a Vettel win sure to shorten his $2 price of winning the Drivers Championship this season.
Mercedes have had the magical formula at the track in recent years, with Hamilton a three-time champion between 2014 and 2017.
He was victorious in last year’s race, ahead of team mate Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton has won in four of the past six years at this course and has been on pole for the past four years at ‘La Pisa Magica’.
If Hamilton secures the 79th pole position of his career, it will be the 200th by an English driver in the Formula One.
Kimi Raikkonen has been the most consistent rider outside of Hamilton and Vettel this season. His Ferrari is $6.50 to win the Italian Grand Prix.
He has had eight podium finishes and is $1.57 to place in the top three at Monza.
Red Bull pairing of Max Verstappen ($26) and Daniel Ricciardo ($41) are outsiders at Monza.
This track rewards cars with powerful engines and slippery bodies, which are not suited to the Austrian manufacturers models.
Verstappen is $3 to finish on the podium, with Ricciardo at $6.50.
Ricciardo is on his longest run without a podium finish (seven races), after an 11-race run in 2015-16.
Securing pole position is crucial at Monza, with the Italian Grand Prix winner coming from pole position in 14 of the past 18 races.
Mercedes lead the Constructors Championship by 15 points, with Ferrari in second.
Italian F1 Grand Prix Odds – Sportsbet
Sebastian Vettel $1.91
Lewis Hamilton $2.75
Kimi Raikkonen $6.50
Valtteri Bottas $10
Max Verstappen $26
Daniel Ricciardo $41
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