F1 Drivers Championship 2017 Betting
To Win Drivers Title 2017; Best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/5 odds 1,2,3.
Constructors Title Betting 2017
To Win Constructors Title 2017; Best odds bold.
Hamilton and Vettel Head F1 Odds as Season Unfolds
As the Formula One season enters its summer break, all indications are that Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will be involved in a season-long scrap for the 2017 Drivers’ Championship, writes Nick. The F1 odds in the betting comparison tables above also reflect that view.
The new season brought new regulations, including wider tyres and lower rear wings, which have improved the aesthetics of the sport and certainly made the cars faster, albeit without succeeding in making it easier for them to follow each other at close quarters.
They have also done little to significantly shake up the running order. Ahead of the month-long summer recess, the top five positions in the Constructors’ Championship are filled in order by the five teams who finished in those positions at the end of the 2016 season.
At the front of the field, Ferrari made big strides in the off-season to get themselves on a level footing with Mercedes. Vettel leads the championship going into the summer break and although Mercedes appear to be pulling slightly ahead as the development race progresses, he still has a car in which he should be capable of fighting Hamilton for the championship.
Mercedes do, though, lead the constructors’ standings. Valtteri Bottas has done well as a replacement for outgoing champion Nico Rosberg, securing his first Formula One victory and providing able backup to Hamilton. Indeed, a couple of good weekends for him and bad weekends for Vettel and Hamilton could even put the Finn in the championship picture.
Across at Ferrari, his compatriot Kimi Raikkonen has been unable to get as close to Vettel and has not provided enough points to suggest he will be capable of helping Ferrari to constructors’ glory. Mercedes are odds-on favourites with the bookies in that race and with a number of power-intensive circuits to come and the advantage of a swift teammate, Hamilton’s position as marginal favourite for the drivers’ championship also looks about right.
With an increased focus on aerodynamics, Red Bull were expected to challenge this year, but they have generally been a clear third best. Daniel Ricciardo drove well and took advantage of mistakes and misfortunate elsewhere to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in June but unless the team are able to develop some significant upgrades during the second half of the season, it is difficult to see them competing for victory on pace alone.
Force India have been consistent points scorers to date and currently look strongly positioned to repeat last season’s fourth-place finish in the constructors’ championship. While their desire to catch Red Bull ahead looks highly ambitious, they can be fancied to continue accumulating sufficient points to maintain a clear advantage over the teams behind them.
Williams performed strongly in the first couple of years following the switch of regulations to V6 engines in 2014, twice finishing third in the constructors’ championship. But they slipped down to fifth last season and while they currently hold that position this time around, it will come under serious threat during remainder of the campaign.
Williams are one of a number of midfield teams who have only been able to count on one consistent points scorer. Lance Stroll’s podium finish in Azerbaijan cannot mask the fact that Felipe Massa has been a much more regular top-10 finisher. It has been the same story at Toro Rosso, where Carlos Sainz has scored the large majority of their points, and at Renault, where Nico Hulkenberg has personally accumulated their entire points total to date.
The race for fifth in the championship, in which Haas, with two more evenly matched drivers, are also contenders, therefore has the potential to be transformed by improved displays from the weaker-performing halves of those teams or indeed, driver movements.
McLaren moved off the bottom of the constructors’ championship with their strong performance in Hungary in the final race prior to the summer break. They were dreadful during the early part of the campaign, with their Honda power unit providing neither speed nor reliability, but they have made enough progress to suggest that further points may yet come their way.
Sauber picked up a couple of points finishes during the first half of the season but with last year’s Ferrari engine powering them, they are likely to slip further behind after the summer break. Only in exceptional circumstances should they be expected to score further.
Keep a check on all the F1 odds from the best online bookmakers in the betting tables above as the season heads towards its conclusion.