Who is Going to Win the 2017 F1 Championship?
The 2017 Formula One Drivers’ Championship has been refreshing in many ways and for the first time in some years, we haven’t seen a procession with one team or one driver dominating the season. That fact was underlined at the weekend when Lewis Hamilton became the first man to complete back to back victories in this current campaign and that victory in Italy gives the Englishman a narrow, three point advantage over Sebastian Vettel at the top of the table.
With just seven Grand Prix remaining until the end of the season, the betting markets are hotting up ahead of the next race in Singapore but who will win the F1 Championship this time around?
Out in Front
It may be very tight at the top of the points table but there is a significant gap in the outright Drivers’ Championship betting with Hamilton odds on across the board. Momentum is with the Englishman following those two straight wins and you can currently get a best industry price of 4/9 with SunBets.
Vettel follows at best odds of 5/2 with Stan James and as we have a huge gap to third favourite Valtteri Bottas at odds of 50/1 with most bookies including GentingBet and MarathonBet. The Finn has enjoyed a good year behind the wheel with wins in Russia and Austria respectively and is currently in third place in the table. However, that 41 gap behind the leader Hamilton will become harder to recover as the races slip by so some punters may look to take Bottas in the betting without Hamilton and Vettel which is a market that may become available in the exchanges.
Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo is the only other driver to have won a Grand Prix this season but after his solitary victory in Azerbaijan, the Red Bull Racing man is way out in the outright betting at 2500/1 with Bet365. Therefore, if you discount the claims of Valtteri Bottas which most of us are doing, this is essentially a battle between two men.
Having eliminated the competition, the question therefore is who will win the F1 Drivers’ Championship out of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel? We’ve seen that the English Mercedes driver has that clear lead in the outright market but interestingly, Vettel is the favourite to win the Singapore Grand Prix which is the next race on the schedule.
The circuit and potential conditions could play into the German’s hands and he is on offer at 6/4 with Bet365 while Hamilton is marginally further back at 28/17 with 10Bet to take the chequered flag in that race. The now retired Nico Rosberg won here in 2016 but Vettel has the most overall wins in Singapore with four victories and another triumph would see him haul back Hamilton’s slender points advantage.
From there it’s on to Malaysia where once again, it’s advantage Vettel as the joint record holder with most victories on this track. For the second GP running, he could be favourite in that race and another victory could really swing the market in the German’s favour.
Hamilton is, however, peaking at just the right time and that could really count as we come into the home straight. If anything is certain, the next three GPs will be crucial and more victories for the Englishman will put the 2017 Drivers’ Championship beyond any doubt.
Mercedes’ domination of Formula One has left little interest in the Constructors Championship market with short odds on prices listed against the German manufacturer. That situation hasn’t changed in 2017 despite the individual challenge of Vettel and at this point in time, Mercedes are at a very short best price of 1/50 with Bet365 to take the title at the end of the season.
At the time of writing, the German side lead this particular points table with 435 to Ferrari’s 373 and that’s a far more significant margin than the one we see in the drivers’ version. Vettel has been productive for the Italian manufacturer but his team mate Kimi Raikkonen has recorded just four podium finishes and isn’t providing too much support.
In contrast, Bottas has been backing up Hamilton to a far greater extent and that’s why Mercedes have such an advantage in the betting and in the constructors’ table itself. Of course, the margin could still be overhauled but this looks close to being a foregone conclusion.
The list of side markets for the season long options are a little limited but naturally there are race bets to enjoy as the individual Grand Prix come around. Next up is Singapore as we previously mentioned and aside from the race winner, you will be able to bet on Podium Finish, who will finish on pole, who will record the fastest lap and much more.
Because the Drivers’ title is still on the line we might expect to see a good set of bookmakers’ offers come in for the remaining few Grand Prix. We saw in Italy that some price boost and enhanced odds deals were on the table and we will bring you the best of any further promos as and when they are published.
For once, the Formula One Drivers’ Championship is heading into the final weeks with the title still up for grabs. Just three points separates the top two and we could therefore be in for one of the most exciting finishes for many years.
Will Lewis Hamilton hold on to his slender lead or will Sebastian Vettel come up on the rails and overtake on the last lap? We will find out the answer soon enough but this is a good time to get involved with the F1 betting markets while there is still some exceptional value to be had across the sportsbooks.