2018 French Grand Prix Betting Odds
Just as it seemed as though Lewis Hamilton would start to pull clear in the 2018 F1 Drivers’ Championship, Sebastian Vettel’s win in Canada last time out has blown things open once again. As we head into this weekend’s French Grand Prix, Vettel now has a slender, one point lead over the reigning champion and there are indications that we could get a very close finish at the end of the campaign.
As we prepare for France, the early betting shows a tight market at the top with those two drivers some way clear of the chasing pack.
Most bookies can’t split Vettel and Hamilton and are offering the same odds on both drivers to win the 2018 French Grand Prix. Defending champion Hamilton is at 13/8 with most outlets including Sun Bets and BetFred and while Vettel carries the same price in many places, you can improve on them slightly by taking the industry best of 7/4 with William Hill.
It’s very much down to those two drivers, at least as far as the bookies are concerned, as there is a significant gap to the chasing pack.
Valtteri Bottas is the third favourite in the outright markets and the Mercedes driver is having a consistent season without ever threatening a win thus far. Bottas can be picked up at best odds of 15/2 with Unibet, just ahead of Max Verstappen at a top price of 8/1 with MarathonBet and William Hill.
Daniel Ricciardo has picked up those two Grand Prix wins this season but recent issues see the Australian drop to a best of 13/1 with SportingBet and you can also pick up Kimi Raikkonen at the same price with the same bookmaker.
As always, we now see a big drift in the betting out to Nico Hulkenberg who heads the list of ‘also rans’ at mighty best odds of 750/1 with Sun Bets.
Those are your market prices for France and we’ll come back to our verdict after taking a look at our other betting options this weekend.
It’s very close in the Drivers’ Championship betting with Lewis Hamilton just ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the standings. Hamilton is on offer at best odds of 4/5 with SportingBet, closely followed by Vettel at a top price of 5/4 with William Hill and Betway.
We know that it’s tight at the top between these two and the bookies have effectively ruled everyone else out. Daniel Ricciardo, who has claimed those two GP wins in 2018, is 37 points behind the leader after seven races but is way down the markets at a best of 33/1 with Coral and 188Bet.
Going into France, Valtteri Bottas is the closest challenger to Vettel at the top of the drivers’ leaderboard but he is more distant in the outright betting at best odds of 40/1 with William Hill and Royal Panda. In those first seven races, Bottas has four second place finishes so should be taken seriously but he is getting no support in the betting.
Bottas’ consistency is, however, helping Mercedes in their battle for the Constructors’ Championship and the German-based manufacturer are 11 points clear of Ferrari at the top of that particular table.
As far as the Constructors’ betting is concerned, Mercedes are some way ahead at a top price of 4/11 with BetFred with Ferrari behind at 5/2 with Ladbrokes and Coral. Behind them, only Red Bull, at 20/1 with 188Bet and William Hill, are less than 3000/1.
Those are the outrights as they stand going into France so we’ll now take a quick look at the most popular side bets for this weekend.
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Sebastian Vettel started at the head of the grid for the Canadian Grand Prix and the German has now started on Pole four times in seven races. Of the remaining three GP’s, Hamilton has claimed two Poles with Ricciardo leading the pack in Monaco.
For France this weekend, Hamilton and Vettel can’t be split with SportingBet listing both drivers at industry best odds of 7/4 in the Pole Position market. Behind those two, Valtteri Bottas is on offer at a top price of 8/1 with William Hill and 10Bet while Kimi Raikkonen is close at a best of 9/1 with SportingBet.
Daniel Ricciardo has dropped right out of the reckoning for this market and is now at best odds of 14/1 with William Hill and Betway while the only other driver that the bookies think we should be considering is Max Verstappen at that same 14/1 with Sport Pesa.
In terms of Fastest Laps through the season, neither Hamilton nor Vettel has delivered a profit as yet. Daniel Ricciardo has three wins in this market with two for Bottas while Max Verstappen has recorded the Fastest Lap in each of the last two races.
For France therefore, we have one of the tightest sets of odds even though Hamilton and Vettel are joint favourites once again at a best of 7/2 with MarathonBet and 10Bet. Ricciardo and Verstappen are both at a top price of 4/1 with SportingBet while the same bookmaker quotes best odds of 5/1 for Valtteri Bottas.
The French Grand Prix returns to the circuit for the first time since 2008 so there’s not a great deal to consider in terms of trends ahead of Sunday’s race. Of the current crop of F1 Drivers, Kimi Raikkonen has competed in France and he recorded the fastest lap back in 2008 but that was a long time ago and on a different circuit so we shouldn’t read too much into that.
It should all come down to form and, as the bookies suggest, a straight battle between Hamilton and Vettel as both drivers look to pull clear at the top. We’re favouring Lewis Hamilton this time but for a little more value, we’re going to stake in two side markets.
Daniel Ricciardo has good stats in terms of Fastest Lap times this season and after those recent issues with the authorities, the Red Bull man could open up and take out his frustration on this circuit.
Elsewhere, Valtteri Bottas’ consistent driving this season makes him a strong tip for a Top Three finish. The best odds of 5/4 with William Hill seem reasonable and they will hopefully add up to a profitable day as we welcome France back to the F1 calendar.
Best Bets for 2018 French Grand Prix:
- Daniel Ricciardo to record the Fastest Lap at 4/1 with SportingBet
- Valtteri Bottas to finish in the Top Three at 5/4 with William Hill