With reigning F1 champ Lewis Hamilton having won four straight and six of the last seven overall, there’s only one question as the 2018 Formula 1 season hitting U.S. soil this weekend. Is there anyone alive that can stop the incendiary Hamilton from getting the outright win?
Thanks to my expert Formula 1 betting analysis on the 2018 United States Grand Prix, you’re about to find out right now if Hamilton is going to end up in the winner’s circle and which drivers have the best chance of beating out the streaking Lewis from clinching his fifth championship season which would tie him with Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fangio for second all-time behind only Germany’s Michael Schumacher, who won seven.
2018 United States Grand Prix Odds & Preview
|Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)||-188|
|Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)||+300|
|Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)||+750|
|Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)||+1200|
|Max Verstappen (Red Bull)||+1600|
|Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)||+2200|
|Kevin Magnussen (Haas)||+100000|
|Romain Grosjean (Haas)||+100000|
|Esteban Ocon (Force India)||+150000|
|Sergio Perez (Force India)||+150000|
|Charles Leclerc (Sauber)||+200000|
|Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)||+200000|
|Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)||+200000|
|Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)||+200000|
|Fernando Alonso (McLaren)||+250000|
|Carlos Sainz (Renault)||+250000|
|Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso)||+300000|
|Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)||+400000|
|Sergey Sirotkin (Williams)||+400000|
|Lance Stroll (Williams)||+400000|
Top Five Picks
No. 5 Sebastian VettelVettel may be second in the standings with five wins this season and 10 podium finishes, but I’ve got him as my No. 5 pick to win the United States Grand Prix, even though he was the last driver to win this race besides Hamilton when he took home the hardware in 2013. I think the German is mentally beaten knowing that he generally has a car as fast as Lewis’ but just can’t beat his clearly superior counterpart. Besides, Ferrari has nine career wins in this event, but none since 2006 when the legendary Michael Schumacher claimes the last of his five U.S. wins.
No. 4 Max VerstappenMax Verstappen has had a solid season in ranking fifth right now in the standings, He’s got an impressive seven podium finishes this season and a great win in Austria. He hits U.S. soil pretty hot, having racked up three podium finishes in his last five starts.
No. 3 Valtteri BottasBottas is currently third in the standings and while he doesn’t have a win this season, he does have an impressive eight podium finishes this season, including two straight second place finishes in Japan two weeks ago and Russia a week prior to that. No. 2 Kimi RaikkonenBesides the other four drivers in my top five picks, Kimi Raikkonen is the only other driver on tour to get a podium finish since Daniel Ricciardo’s win in the sixth race of the year in Monaco. Raikkonen finished second in Italy and recorded a trio of third place finishes in the U.K., Germany and Hungary. If anyone is going to beat out Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, who currently sits in fourth place in the standings, has to be among the top picks. Plus, his +1200 odds make him a great upset pick for me.
No. 1 Lewis Hamilton
Damn…we’ve rarely seen dominance like the kind that Lewis Hamilton shows these days. Not only has won won four consecutive races heading into Austin, but he’s also won this event four straight times and six of the last seven times it’s been held. Not only that, but in the last eight F1 races, Hamilton has six wins – and a pair of second place finishes.
Veteran F1 driver Fernando Alonso (McLaren) recently had this to say about Lewis.
“It’s difficult to make a top 5 of all-time greats,” Fernando Alonso said, “but probably Michael [Schumacher], [Juan Manuel] Fangio, Senna, [Alain] Prost and Lewis — that would probably be the top five.
As a matter of fact, the last time Lewis didn’t finish on the podium at all was on July 1 in Austria – after he won the previous race in France of course. This race has been held in Austin six times since a four-year break following the 2007 race and Hamilton has won five times. Maybe it’s me, but I’m thinking Hamilton is a lock.