F1: Hamilton heads to happy hunting ground desperate for win
Hell hath no fury like a Lewis Hamilton scorned. Well, not quite, but beneath his sultry exterior the formula one world champion will still be seething over Mercedes’ monumental Monaco cock-up, which cost him only a second ever win at the street circuit.
The ridiculous judgement call by his team’s mechanics didn’t just rob Hamilton of a prestigious win of course, more pertinently it let his main championship rival in the back door and vitally, kept the momentum with Nico Rosberg.
A gap that had been reduced to 20 points thanks to a dominant win in Spain for the German now stands at just 10 post Monaco.
The betting with Ladbrokes would have punters believe that the drivers’ world championship is still a foregone conclusion regardless, with Hamilton’s supermodel-skinny odds of 2/9 playing 7/2 for Rosberg.
Those odds are likely to look even more obtuse than they sound, should the underdog continue his winning streak at the forthcoming Canadian Grand Prix, traditionally a favoured stop in the calendar for three-time winner Hamilton.
Hamilton’s maiden F1 victory arrived in Montreal and he’s 8/11 to make it four, which would see the Brit draw clear of Nelson Piquet as the second most successful driver in the race’s history.
Then again, the luck (much like in Monaco) has begun to desert Hamilton at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since his last chequered flag in 2012.
A year ago Hamilton’s rear brakes failed causing retirement on lap 44 from a position of second on the grid.
Meanwhile, poor tyre management in 2013 enabled Fernando Alonso to sneak past in the final stages of the 2013 edition, which demoted Hamilton to the third step of the podium having qualified second again.
Cashing in on a potentially overzealous approach from Hamilton in Canada could therefore pay dividends, with Rosberg – who sat pole last season – once again looking fine value for the fastest Q3 time at 11/8 and the race win separately at 13/8.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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