Tue, Jul 18, 3:48pm by Senior Writer
The momentum in the F1 Drivers’ championship has swung firmly in the favour on Lewis Hamilton at the halfway point of the season, with the British Mercedes driver now $1.57 to win the title despite being a point behind Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel.
Late drama in last week’s British Grand Prix tipped the title race towards Hamilton as Vettel suffered a puncture which saw him slip from third to seventh on the penultimate lap.
With Hamilton well clear and racing to victory for the fourth consecutive time in Silverstone, behind him, Ferrari’s hopes were as shredded in their tires.
Mercedes are on 330 points with Ferrari on 275, 101 in front of Red Bull, who filled fourth and fifth at Silverstone, with Daniel Ricciardo doing an almighty job to grab fifth from the back of the grid.
The drivers’ championship looks evenly poised with Vettel on 177 and Hamilton in 176 but that gap has been closed from 25 points in the four Grands Prix since Monaco. Hamilton has won two of the past four races, while Vettel has figured on the podium just once in that time.
Vettel is now $2.88 for his first world title since 2013 (and his fifth in total).
Valtteri Bottas has done an even better job of closing the gap. He trailed Vettel by 54 points after Monaco, but is now just 23 behind, and there is a growing possibility that Mercedes could go 1-2 this season, despite not even holding the lead.
A Bottas world title seems unlikely considering Hamilton’s dominance and is priced at $15.
Interestingly there was just one point between first and second after the British Grand Prix last year and in that instance, another German, Nico Rosberg, was one in front of Hamilton and went on to win the championship.
Aussie Ricciardo may be driving the wheels of his Red Bull at the moment but he is $501 to win the world championship after his run of five straight podiums came to an end.
Ricciardo is 60 points off the lead, with the next Grand Prix to take place in Hungary on July 30.
Formula 1 Drivers Championship 2017 Markets
L Hamilton $1.57
S Vettel $2.88
V Bottas $15
D Kvyat $501
J Palmer $501
R Grosjean $501
D Ricciardo $501
S Perez $501
C Sainz Jr $501
M Verstappen $501
E Ocon $501
L Stroll $501
N Hulkenberg $501
P Wehrlein $501
F Alonso $501
S Vandoorne $501
F Massa $501
K Magnussen $501
M Ericsson $501
K Raikkonen $501
Constructors Championship 2017 Markets
Red Bull $501
Force India $501
Toro Rosso $501
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