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Canadian GP tips: Hamilton and Vettel back on-song in North America?

| 08.06.2018

The Formula One season moves onto North America this weekend for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton remains top of the standings despite only coming home in fourth in Monaco last time out.

His Mercedes wasn’t best suited to the winding turns in the principality and a better showing is expected at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

However, he may be hindered by the delay in Mercedes’ scheduled power unit upgrade, which won’t be available this weekend. That could prove telling at such a power-sensitive track.

Nonetheless, the Briton is considered the favourite to win this race for the fourth year in a row at 11/8.

Sebastian Vettel closed the gap on Hamilton with a second-place finish in Monaco. Ferrari are also expected to perform better here. But they’ll have to overcome a dismal recent record in Canada.

The Prancing Horse has not tasted victory at this circuit since 2004 when Michael Schumacher took the chequered flag.

Vettel is 13/8 to end that run of form and clinch a first victory since Bahrain two months ago.

Valtteri Bottas continues to impress in the second car for Mercedes. He could only manage fifth in Monaco last time out but has racked up podium finishes here in 2015 and 2016.

He’s 11/2 to win the race outright and 8/11 to finish in the top-three.

Red Bull were suited to the twists and turns at Monaco a fortnight ago. What they lacked in straight-line speed they more than made up for around the slow corners.

It’ll be a tougher ask in Canada as they try and compete with the raw pace of the other front-runners.

Max Verstappen is considered their most likely victor at 8/1. The Dutchman has been in the wars this season but continues to show immense promise. His more aggressive style could suit the circuit.

Daniel Ricciardo chalked up his second victory of the season with a memorable drive in the principality. He’s 10/1 to record back-to-back victories for the first time since 2014.

He’s joint with Kimi Raikkonen, who is also 10/1.

Looking further down the grid and Fernando Alonso will be hoping to secure a second top-six finish of the season. The McLaren driver suffered with transmission problems two weeks ago and is 9/4 to bounce back by finishing sixth or better.

He shares that price with Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez, with Nico Hulkenberg considered an 11/4 shot.

Click here for the latest Canadian Grand Prix odds.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the UEA where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper. He supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Darts and Horse Racing are among his other favourite sports.