While Mercedes carry on playing it all Mario Kart up the front with green shells and banana skins littering the track, there will be plenty more value bets to explore other than the eventual winner at Monza.
The Italian Grand Prix at the ‘Cathedral of Speed’ will test each driver’s and their machine’s braking abilities to the outer limits, meaning a smooth operator behind the wheel is exactly what’s required.
Our three money-spinning side bets for Monza therefore start with one of the silkiest operators in the biz.
Jenson Button to finish in the top six @ 2/1
Lumped with a car which is clearly lagging someway off the required pace to challenge for the chequered flag, the former world champion has toiled at times but still delivered consistent points.
His sixth place in Belgium last time out made it half of the 12 races to date the McLaren man has scored at least eight points on race day.
Fernando Alonso to be fastest in first practice @ 5/1
Another former world champion and another man whose driving skills are a mismatch for the well-below par Ferrari he’s been burdened with in 2014.
If only first practice counted for points Alonso would be right up there. No one other than the Spaniard – on three separate occasions – or the Mercedes pairing – obviously – has gone fastest in this session.
Meanwhile, he’s come third to Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in no fewer than five other first practices.
Lewis Hamilton Hat-Trick @ 11/4
Formula One’s equivalent of a nine darter consisting of pole, fastest lap and race win could be about to come Hamilton’s way, if as predicted (link) he starts from the front of the grid.
The speedy Brit also recorded the fastest lap at this circuit last season.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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