Valtteri Bottas To Get Brazilian Grand Prix Reward
With Hamilton landing the World Championship at the Mexican Grand Prix and the major places decided in the Constructor’s Championship, there is very little left to play for in terms of the 2017 F1 season. Only Renault, Williams and Toro Rosso are still playing for positions and colossal financial rewards that go with them.
Does this therefore mean we can expect some tame performances from the usual protagonists for pole position and the race win at the Brazilian Grand Prix this Sunday? It’s quite possible, he may have complained of a gear box issue at the time but there is little disputing Sebastian Vettel allowed his Red Bull teammate, Mark Webber, to take the lead and subsequent race win in this race in 2011. At the time Vettel had the drivers crown on his head courtesy of 11 race wins. Webber, on the other hand, had failed to stand on the top step of the podium in 18 attempts.
|Sunday - 4.00pm||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
|Brazilian Grand Prix|
|Tips||Valtteri Bottas to win Best Bet||@ 12 / 1|
|Winning margin over 10 seconds||@ 9 / 4|
|Esteban Ocon Top Six Finish||@ 13 / 8|
The race victory served to sweeten the Australian and doubtlessly sent him off on his winter break a happier man. Given history could well repeat itself, not to mention the notorious possibility of wet conditions, that have given us so many exciting races here in Sao Paulo, we are going to opt for a speculative race winning bet on Valtteri Bottas (12/1 with Paddy Power).
Bottas badly needs a confidence boost, a season that started off so well for him has turned into a mild embarrassment and, not only is he unable to remotely match the pace of teammate, Lewis Hamilton, he has been failing to beat off Ferrari and Red Bull drivers.
But the pace is unquestionably in him and in his car and, while the Finn is no match for an in-form Lewis Hamilton, the history books show so-called ‘second drivers’ do well here: Nico Rosberg beat teammate, Hamilton, here in 2014 and 2015. Hamilton also gave second best to teammate, Jenson Button in 2012, and there was that aforementioned Vettel/Webber gift in 2011.
Elsewhere, there looks to be some value in the ‘winning margin’ market. Despite safety cars compressing the field last year the margin of victory was still 11sec. The 2011 and 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix’s were also won by a margin in excess of 10sec and two of the last Grand Prix this season have seen 10sec+ winners (9/4 with Bet 365).
Finally, in a classic case of “if it is not broke, don’t fix it”, Esteban Ocon should be backed at 13/8 for a top-6 finish (B 365). The Frenchman has made the top-six in all of his last three race starts and completed all of the 27 race starts he has made in F1.
2017 Brazilian Grand Prix Odds
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