Here at news.bwin.com/en/ we couldn’t make a case for Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton at 1/2 to win the Hungary Grand Prix before Formula One took its midsummer break, after the British speedster had only managed to take his home race over the previous five rounds.
We tipped up ‘Anyone but Hamilton’ at massive 7/5 odds (Click here), eschewing the 7/4 about Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, citing Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo’s recent win in Canada as reason to attack the Hungaroring mob-handed.
Ricciardo again came good, and while Hamilton managed to make the podium despite starting at the back of the grid, there was no point getting behind him at 17/20 to qualify in first place when F1 returned after three weeks off in Belgium this weekend, with the rest of the field available at the same price.
Rosberg duly obliged at the death to take pole at Spa-Francorchamps just ahead of his teammate, landing another ‘Anyone but Hamilton’ tip for this website (Click here), but with the Stevenage native now odds-against at 21/20 for the main event, it’s time to change tack.
Hamilton is arguably the best driver, in certainly the best car, and has clearly been unlucky with brake failure, having been banished to the back of the grid twice in recent races over said problems.
However, the 29-year-old still managed to make the podium in all but one of the last six races, largely due to a series of terrific starts, so his presence back on the front row is significant.
All four of Hamilton’s 2014 wins, each of which occurred within the first five rounds of this year’s Formula One campaign, came after the 2008 champion qualified in either first or second.
It’s been fun taking him on over the summer, not to mention timely and profitable, but there’s only so long a driver such as Hamilton, in the vastly superior Mercedes, can carry on losing.