Tue, Jun 26, 3:10pm by Staff Writer
Lewis Hamilton claimed his third win of the season at the French Grand Prix and now has a stranglehold on the Formula 1 Drivers Championship.
He is priced at $1.36 at Sportsbet to win the Championship and is 14 points ahead of his nearest rival Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton has amassed 145 points this season to Vettel’s 131 points.
This was the first Grand Prix in France after a decade away, with Hamilton claiming the win after leading from start to finish.
It was the Englishman’s 65th Grand Prix victory and one which he celebrated in conjunction with the England football team’s 6-1 win against Panama.
Controversy reigned early in the race, as Vettel collided with Valtteri Bottas.
He was hit with a five-second penalty, which he served during his second pit stop for the error, but his penalty hardly hampered his attempts to climb up the leader board.
Finishing fifth was hardly the result Vettel was after given he trails Hamilton in the Drivers Championship, but after his poor start, he will settle for that position.
Vettel is now $3 to win the Championship, with Fin Valtteri Bottas third in the line of betting at $51.
20-year-old Dutchman Max Verstappen finished on the podium in France, but is a $201 long shot to claim a Championship in his young career.
Kimi Raikonnen finished third, passing Vettel and completing the podium for Ferrari.
Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo raced solidly without being spectacular and finished in fourth place.
He is a $67 shot to win the Grand Prix, which appears a race-in-two between Hamilton and Vettel.
The Constructors Championship is being dominated by Mercedes who are priced at $1.14 at Sportsbet to claim victory in that market.
Ferrari are their only legitimate rival at $4.33, with Red Bull Racing a $34 outsider.
All other constructors are priced at odds of $501, including Force India and Mclaren.
The next Grand Prix event takes place on July 1 at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg Austria.
It will be the 32nd running of the Austrian Grand Prix, with Valtteri Bottas the 2017 race winner, ahead of Vettel and Ricciardo.
F1 Drivers Championship Odds – Sportsbet
Lewis Hamilton $1.36
Sebastian Vettel $3
Valtteri Bottas $51
Daniel Ricciardo $67
Kimi Raikkonen $201
Max Verstappen $201
Red Bull Racing $34
Force Indian $501
Sauber F1 $501
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