With a whopping nine wins and the second biggest winner in Formula One racing having ‘just’ four victories, clearly, Britain’s Lewis Hamilton is the clear-cut Formula 1 Betting Odds favorite to win the quickly approaching F1 Mexican Grand Prix when it gets underway with a pair of practice sessions on Friday 27 October, at 4 and 8 PM. The third practice session begins at 4 pm on Saturday 28 October with qualifying the same day before the big race takes place on Sunday, October 29.
Hamilton will be looking to clinch the Formula One Drivers’ World Championship this weekend after claiming the US Grand Prix title last weekend. Hamilton is currently 66 points clear of second place title rival, Sebastian Vettel who will need to outscore the Brit by 17 points in order to take the title race to Brazil next month. However, Hamilton will be crowned F1 champion if he finishes in the top five, and according to the latest F1 Betting Lines, he has a pretty good chance to do it.
Formula 1 Betting Odds & Pick for 2017 Mexican Grand Prix
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The track and the majestic concrete grandstand at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez escaped this year’s life-altering earthquake in Mexico City unscathed and the Formula One Mexican Grand Prix, with its enormous crowds, confetti and celebratory sombreros on the podium, will all take place as scheduled this weekend. Hopefully, the crowd-drawing event will help Mexico City to heal.
For Mexican born F1 competitor driver Sergio ”Checo” Perez, this year’s race is a chance to embrace the role of ambassador for the sport when his country is in a time of need. Perez was in his hometown of Guadalajara when the magnitude 7.1 quake struck on Sept. 19, and he quickly donated about $165,000 (140,000 Euros) to victims. The track itself became a staging area for relief supplies in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Perez will wear a special helmet this week with a map of Mexico and the quake zone on top with the phrase ”¡Todo Mexico Unido! (All Mexico United!)”
”It’s been a very tough couple of months for my country. What happened was horrible, but it was amazing to me not just how Mexico responded but the whole world,” Perez said Thursday. ”I knew that I needed to do something for my people … (the helmet) is to remind everyone that we are together.”
- Formula 1 Betting Odds for MGP: 4/5
Hamilton, who drives for Mercedes, is closing in on a fourth career F1 championship. He is aiming for his 10th win of the season and would need only to finish fifth or better Sunday to win the championship.
There’s no chance Hamilton will hang back and let others fight it out up front.
”I’m here to win,” Hamilton said. ”I’m not going for anything else but No. 1 … I think to myself, how would I feel if finish fifth and win the world championship? I wouldn’t feel great. You want to be on top of the podium.”
Hamilton is on fire, having won five of the previous six races, including last week at the U.S. Grand Prix in Texas. His blazing run through the second half of the season put a stranglehold on the title chase from Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel, who must win the final three races and have some bad luck strike Mercedes just in order to have an opportunity of catching the red-hot Lewis, who many are now claiming is going to go down as one of his sport’s all-time legends.
While Hamilton’s legacy among the sport’s great drivers is already cemented no matter what he does, as Formula One’s first and only black driver, another championship would help Hamilton join Vettel and Alain Prost with four championships while trailing only legends, Michael Schumacher (seven) and Juan Manuel Fangio (five) in F1 history.
One of his peers already puts Hamilton in the top rung of drivers.
”Lewis is definitely one of the best drivers in the history of Formula One,” Williams driver Felipe Massa said. ”You cannot really take him away or (put him) in a different level compared to Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna. He’s there.”
- Formula 1 Betting Odds for MGP: 11/4
Vettel isn’t conceding anything after finishing second in the U.S. race last weekend. ”It’s not over,” Vettel said. ”It’s not as much in our hands as much as we’d like, but we want to win the last three races.”
- Formula 1 Betting Odds for MGP: 5/1
Mexico City is also an opportunity for Red Bull driver Max Verstappen to get past some recent controversy.
Verstappen and his team were furious last week when a third-place finish was taken away by a 5-second penalty for an illegal pass on Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen on the final lap. The demotion spoiled a brilliant drive up from 16th on the starting grid.
It was reminiscent of Verstappen’s race in Mexico in 2016 when officials ruled he improperly left the track to gain an advantage on Vettel to finish third and was bumped from the podium.
Verstappen insisted his pass on Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen on the last lap of last weekend’s U.S. Grand Prix was a good one, and that he shouldn’t have been penalized by race officials and denied a third-place finish. Verstappen was penalized because all four of his tires were off track for a split second during the pass.
”I think after the race, emotions are high, especially when you are taken off the podium, which I think I deserved,” Verstappen said. ”It’s quite normal I would be quite angry. I could have used different words.”
Pretenders Formula 1 Betting Odds for MGP
Mexico City will also be the second race for New Zealand’s Brendon Hartley. The former endurance driving champion and one-time Red Bull protege made his F1 debut with Toro Rosso last week and finished 13th. He drives this week in place of Russian Daniil Kvyat, whose future with the team has been in doubt all season.
- Valtteri Bottas – 10/1
- Daniel Ricciardo – 20/1
- Kimi Raikkonen –22/1
Pick Analysis & Prediction
Right now, for me, there are only two other drivers that have a realistic chance of getting the win at the Mexican Grand Prix besides Lewis Hamilton and that’s Sebastian Vettel or Max Verstappen but I’m not seeing it happening for either driver since Hamilton is so intent on getting the championship-clinching win and not just coasting into a top-five finish.
In the last six races, Hamilton has won five times while finishing second the only time he didn’t end up on top of the winner’s podium. Right now, we’re really witnessing greatness, the likes of which we haven’t seen in quite some time.
I’m going with Lewis Hamilton first, Max Verstappen for the ‘upset’ second-place finish and Sebastian Vettel for third place.
Pick: Lewis Hamilton