It’s the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, the jewel in the crown of the Formula One calendar, and Nico Rosberg is favourite to complete consecutive wins in the principality.
There’s something so special about watching the 22 cars weave their way around the streets of Monte Carlo – the drivers dicing with the barriers around every corner – there’s no room for error.
And the Mercedes domination continued in qualifying on Saturday, with Rosberg claiming his second pole of the season, just in front of team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
The German grew up in Monaco, where his father Keke also and F1 driver, lived during his racing days, and claimed his first win at the circuit 12 months ago, ahead of Sebastian Vettel.
And with grid position mattering more here than anywhere else on the calendar, with the narrow track allowing little chance for overtakes, he’s the bookies favourite to collect another win in Monaco, starting from pole after escaping a post-qualifying steward’s enquiry unpunished.
Boylesports currently provide the best price of 7/10 on a race victory.
Hamilton Betting Odds
No other team have got anywhere near a race win this season, which is why barring both Mercedes returning today, one of them will surely claim the race win.
Hamilton is therefore the only other leading priced driver in the race outrights, but will need a good start to pip teammate Rosberg to the first corner, otherwise he’s relying on a better strategy.
The 2008 World Champion has dominated since Malaysia, claiming four consecutive wins, meaning he heads into this weekend’s race at the top of the driver’s championship. He’s best priced at 7/4 with Betfred.
Podium Betting Odds
With it being almost a foregone conclusion that a Mercedes will win the race, the next question is who else will fill the podium?
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo has enjoyed a great start to his Red Bull career and lines up third on the grid on Sunday. Following a disqualification in Australia and a retirement in Malaysia, the Australian bounced back from the disappointment of the first two races with back-to-back fourths in Bahrain and China before securing his first podium in Spain last time out.
He showed good pace in free practice, finishing third in the first session and third in the third session, before finishing ‘best of the rest’ in Saturday’s qualifying session. He’s best priced at 8/13 with Ladbrokes to make the podium again today.
Fellow Red Bull driver Sebatian Vettel lines up alongside Ricciardo with the reigning world champion looking to claim only his second podium of the season. The German has struggled with his new car, most recently finishing fourth in Barcelona, and is available at 6/4 with Totesport to finish in the top three.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is probably the only other driver that could challenge for a podium spot, as he starts from fifth. The Spaniard topped the time sheets in second practice and he’s best priced at 7/2 with Betfred for a top three finish.
The race is live from 1pm on Sky Sports F1 on Sunday afternoon.
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