Formula 1 arrives in the USA this week, and Lewis Hamilton can wrap up the fifth World Championship of his career in Texas, with three races remaining, should he win here.
In a season that has maybe lacked the drama of some iconic title battles in the past, there is still time for some incredible driving and big statements from new drivers. Our F1 expert is on hand to guide you through the best bets from the upcoming US Grand Prix.
Hamilton can make history in the US
Hamilton loves a win at the US Grand Prix, having won the last four races here, and six of the last seven, with only title rival Sebastian Vettel getting the better of him since the days of Schumacher. Plenty is expected of the Champion-elect, and he is just 1/2 to qualify on pole. At a circuit that suits the strengths of the Mercedes, Hamilton should absolutely cruise this race, and I do expect him to lead from first to last – he can be backed to win the race at 8/15.
With the course suited to Mercedes, naturally the best place to look for a value pick would be Valtteri Bottas. The victim of some unlucky errors, poor pitstops, and controversial team tactics this season, Bottas has driven much better than his points tally suggests. If allowed to race, he may get a jump on Hamilton, and is 6/1 to win here at the Circuit of the Americas.
Sebastian Vettel has had an extremely below-par season by his standards, with lots of uncharacteristic mistakes as he tries to fight for the title. His duels with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have turned ugly on occasion, and has impacted plenty of races for the involved parties. He will have to drive extremely well here if he is to get the win, and is 3/1 to cross the line first.
It will take a remarkable feat to stop Hamilton claiming another World Championship here, and I don’t think any of the drivers have the combination of talent, car and desire to beat the British driver, who should absolutely dominate this entire weekend. Hamilton is 20/1 to win pole position, win the race, and set the fastest lap with Grosvenorsport.com, and seemingly the only thing that will stop Hamilton achieving that will be if he decides to take it easy with the race already wrapped up.