Mercedes sealed their seventh successive constructors’ championship with a 1-2 finish at Imola two weeks ago and Lewis Hamilton is on the brink of a record-equaling seventh world championship as Formula One heads to Turkey this weekend.
Hamilton has won nine of this season’s 13 races, including the last three, and he will match Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world championships as long as he is not outscored by eight points by his teammate Valtteri Bottas on Sunday in Istanbul.
More Unfamiliar Territory
For the fifth time in six races, this weekend’s grand prix takes place at a circuit F1 hasn’t visited recently. That means the teams can’t rely on recent data to help them decide car setup and strategy, which levels the playing field to a degree and makes driver talent more of a factor.
The races in Tuscany, Nurburgring, Portugal and Imola were all won by Hamilton, and the Stevenage rocket is
2/5 to seal the title in style with another victory.
Bottas Shining on Saturdays
Bottas has led all of the last five races at some stage but due to a combination of bad luck and being outfoxed by Hamilton, he has won just one of those.
However, the Finn has tended to be faster into his stride at the unfamiliar circuits and claimed two pole positions and a second in qualifying at the last three events.
Following Bottas on Saturdays has been an expensive exercise this season – he has qualified second seven times – but he has hit his stride over a single lap and is the only viable bet for pole position at odds of
Value-Seekers Could Be Rewarded In Podium Finish Market
The two Mercedes drivers and Max Verstappen of Red Bull are in a class of their own at the front of the field, but that trio have filled the podium only twice in the last six races.
Daniel Ricciardo has snuck onto the rostrum at two of the last three races, catapulting his Renault team into third place in the constructors’ standings. Racing Point and McLaren sit just a point behind and that battle looks set to stay close for the rest of the season.
But the list of potential podium candidates goes deeper than those teams and Pierre Gasly is worth a small punt at
12/1 for a top-three finish.
The Frenchman scored a shock victory at Monza and his AlphaTauri team are finishing the season strongly. Gasly qualified fourth at Imola last time before a mechanical failure ended his hopes in the race.
Leclerc Showing His Class
It has been a season to forget for F1’s most storied team, Ferrari, but Charles Leclerc is doing no harm to his reputation as one of the sport’s brightest young stars.
The 23-year-old Monegasque has humiliated his four-time world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel and sits fifth in the drivers’ standings.
Leclerc has conjured some miraculous results from the underperforming Ferrari including top-six finishes at three of the last four races, Back him to repeat the feat in Turkey at
*All odds correct at time of writing.