With just eight Grand Prix’s remaining in the 2013 Formula 1 Championship, Boylesports can report that punters have supported Lewis Hamilton to retain the Italian Grand Prix this weekend.
Having triumphed in Hungary to come home in pole position before finishing on the podium in Belgium, the people’s faith has clearly been restored in the 28-year-old’s driving ability.
Granted, it’s still highly unlikely that he or the rest of the chasing pack will catch Sebastian Vettel for the title, but his rich vein of form of late means he’s the ideal preference to win at Monza – especially considering that he was good enough to do it last year.
The British driver currently sits in third place in the drivers’ championship, and although German Vettel may be slightly out of his reach, Fernando Alonso is well withing touching distance as he sits just 12 points clear. Add to this the fact the Kimi Raikonnen is breathing down Hamilton’s neck a mere five points behind, and Hamilton has all the motivation he needs to drive his Mercedes as hard as he can this weekend.
Current Championship leader Sebastian Vettel is the 7/4 favourite to win his third Italian Grand Prix having registered victories in 2008 and 2011 whilst 2010 winner Fernando Alonso is available at 7/2 with Boylesports.
Of course, Vettel doesn’t have much to risk, so he can afford to sit back and come in a comfortable second or third without having to worry about anyone else. In truth, the other drivers could well get in each others’ way in an effort to catch him and that could sabotage their attempted dethroning of the Red Bull driver.
It’s precarious, that’s for certain.
Leon Blanche, Head of Communications at Boylesports told SportsNewsIreland: “We installed Lewis Hamilton at 9/2 and following support in the last 24 hours he is now 7/2 from 9/2 to win in Italy.”
He added “Lewis Hamilton is currently 58 points behind Sebastian Vettel and is currently 12/1 to win his second F1 Drivers Championship having last landed the title in 2008.”
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