Formula One: Hamilton on a high but can he repeat Stateside stroll?

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Formula One heads to Mexico where championship leader Nico Rosberg has his first show at winning the world crown. However, if Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton repeats his sublime performance from the USA a week ago, Rosberg’s champagne will have to remain on ice for a little longer.

Hamilton’s victory in Texas reduced the deficit to Rosberg to 26 points, but the German could wrap up the title if he can win and Hamilton finish 10th or lower.

It’s an unlikely scenario, but Rosberg’s title odds of 1/4 highlight Hamilton’s predicament.

The three-time champ is the 11/4 outsider for the title, but after his serene drive last weekend, cannot be discounted.

Hamilton can take further inspiration from the history books, as we highlighted earlier this week.

He’ll need to improve on last season’s trip to Mexico City however, when Rosberg took pole position and the win.

On current form though, the bookies see fit to make Hamilton Evens favourite for Sunday’s race, with his title rival 11/8.

Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are next up at 10/1 and 12/1 respectively, but at a circuit which puts a real premium on engine power, the Red Bull racers could find it tough to match Mercedes.

Ferrari’s season is ending on something of a damp squib, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen unlikely victors this weekend at 16/1 and 40/1 respectively.

Home favourite Sergio Perez is 14/1 to delight the local crowd with a podium finish, while Williams’ Valtteri Bottas is 40/1 to repeat his third place result from 12 months ago.

Over 300,000 spectators are expected to attend across the weekend, and they’ll all be hoping for a thriller at the front.

With the championship nearing a crescendo, Hamilton has nothing left to lose, and if Rosberg can rattle his cage, the crowd may just get their wish.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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