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Italian Grand Prix Odds – Outright Winner Betting
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Italian Grand Prix Betting – To Win Pole Odds
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Italian Grand Prix Preview 2017, F1 Betting Odds Guide & Tips
Mercedes have won each of the last three renewals at Monza and should again be expected to emerge victorious at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, writes Nick (Race: Sunday, 13:00 BST, live on Sky Sports F1).
Lewis Hamilton controlled the race from the front to convert pole position into victory for Mercedes in Belgium last weekend and in doing so closed the gap to Sebastian Vettel to seven points at the head of Drivers’ Championship. The Ferrari man came home second.
There seemed to be some surprise within the Mercedes ranks as to just how competitive Ferrari were at a circuit that has traditionally been a strong one for Mercedes. The fact that Valtteri Bottas is doing a better job for the German team than Kimi Raikkonen is for Ferrari (although Raikkonen did finish fourth, with Bottas fifth, in Belgium) has perhaps masked the fact that Ferrari are at least level on performance at this stage of the season.
Mercedes should, however, still have the edge this weekend at a track that is even more reliant on power. The Monza circuit, which hosted its first Grand Prix way back in 1922, is comprised of four straights of varying length separated by chicanes, a couple of medium-speed corners and the famous, albeit now somewhat neutered, Parabolica curve.
The team has secured pole position and race victory in each of the last three Italian Grand Prix, with two of those races ending in 1-2 finishes. Hamilton has won three times at the circuit, including his win in a Mercedes-powered McLaren in 2012. The Italian Grand Prix odds from the best bookmakers are very much reflective of this record. The betting prices are short for Hamilton to take pole position and race victory as well as on the team to secure a double podium finish
Bottas has always shown solid pace at Monza and qualified third on the grid for Williams in 2014. Mercedes have a better qualifying package than Ferrari, which should give him the opportunity to at least compete for a front-row grid placing this weekend. Backing Bottas to take pole position on an each-way bet (first or second) therefore seems a good way to go.
It was another weekend of contrasts for the Red Bull drivers in Belgium. Daniel Ricciardo took advantage of the opportunities that came his way to finish third and achieve his sixth podium finish of the year, while Max Verstappen retired after suffering yet another mechanical failure. Verstappen will take a grid penalty for an engine change in Monza and there are suggestions that Ricciardo will do the same.
That should open up at least one place in the top six for the chasing pack, and it is Force India who are best positioned to fill it. With Mercedes power behind them, the team have achieved double points finishes in each of the last two Italian Grand Prix, while Sergio Perez has finished eighth, sixth and seventh in his last three races at the circuit.
Force India came away with two points from Esteban Ocon’s ninth-place finish in Belgium but could have achieved a better result were it not for the latest clash between Perez and the Frenchman. The two have become increasingly feisty when in direct competition and that again played out at Spa-Franchochamps, where an accidental first lap collision was repeated in more dangerous fashion later in the race.
Force India chief Otmar Szafnauer has said that the pair will no longer be permitted to race wheel-to-wheel and that any further incidents will result in the guilty party sitting out the following Grand Prix. Both drivers will therefore be keen to keep their noses clean this weekend. In that context, Perez looks good for a top-six finish on Sunday.
Nico Hulkenberg came home sixth for Renault in Belgium, with Romain Grosjean’s Haas, the Williams of Felipe Massa and Carlos Sainz’s Toro Rosso also finishing in the top 10 in a relatively chaotic race in which eight of the sport’s 10 teams scored points.
After a solid qualifying performance, Grosjean drove cleanly to secure his sixth points finish of the season. He currently has more than double the points total of his teammate Kevin Magnussen and after finishing just outside the top 10 for Haas at last year’s Italian Grand Prix, has a solid chance of adding to his tally this weekend.
The Ferrari engine in the back of the Haas should give them more grunt than McLaren and the Renault runners, while the Mercedes-powered Williams is far from the straight-line speed monster it was in previous seasons. The headquarters of Dallara, the manufacturer of the Haas chassis, is just an hour’s drive from Monza, and Grosjean should be capable of giving their visiting staff members reason to celebrate with a points finish on Sunday.
Our Preview’s F1 Italian Grand Prix Betting Tips Verdict
With an eye on the best value available in the Italian Grand Prix odds, here are this preview’s betting tips:
- Back Valtteri Bottas to qualify on pole position with an each way (1/3 odds, 1-2 placing) bet @ best odds of 5/1 with Stan James or William Hill.
- Bet on Sergio Perez to finish in the top six @ 11/8 with Stan James.
- Back Romain Grosjean to finish in the points @ 11/10 with Bet365 or SkyBet.