Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo bemoaned getting ‘screwed’ by his own team for the second raceweek running at the Monaco Grand Prix, but Lewis Hamilton picking up a third Formula One drivers’ championship on the bounce suddenly looks a lot more nailed on.
Having finally broken his duck for the campaign after fellow Mercedes man Nico Rosberg hoovered up the first four races, and Red Bull youngster Max Verstappen the fifth, bwin.com’s offering of 11/10 about Hamilton lifting the F1 title for the fourth time this November ranks as a bit risky.
The Brit isn’t far behind Rosberg, the 17/20 favourite, largely thanks to three previous podiums this term, and has shown a clear tendency to win in streaks since joining the German manufacturers four years ago.
After retiring in the first race of the 2014 campaign, Hamilton won the next four, then just one of seven between May and September, before bagging six of the last seven and claiming the crown ahead of Rosberg.
Last term was similar, with five wins out of six Grand Prix clocked up between Belgium in late August and Mexico in November, meaning the championship was wrapped up three races from the end in the US.
Monaco was the 31-year-old’s first win since then, with Rosberg seemingly taking advantage of a hyper-extended Hamilton hangover, but there are plenty of points left in this long, long season, which has a whopping 15 races to run.
Previous form suggests that now Hamilton has shaken of the funk he’ll flourish, and Rosberg is less than one win ahead on points, with 25 awarded for victory and 24 the margin between the Mercedes pair.
At odds against the value clearly lies with the Stevenage-born speedster, who has been there and done it before, three times, while Rosberg is yet to prove he can last to the final finishing line.
These odds could be reversed after the next round in Canada, at a track where Hamilton is the second most successful F1 driver, behind only Michael Schumacher.