Venue: Sochi Autodrom
Lewis Hamilton helped us to land a trio of successful bets in Tuscany and is backed for a landmark win in our Russian Grand Prix predictions.
We tipped the British ace to land a pole position, race victory and fastest lap clean sweep at 5/2, as well as Sebastian Vettel to score a point at 3/1 and Red Bull to have the quickest pit stop at 4/5.
Hamilton heads into this weekend’s potentially historic round in Sochi with a 55-point championship lead over Valtteri Bottas after winning six of the nine grands prix staged this season.
“It just doesn’t seem real,” he said on the possibility of equalling Schumacher’s tally. “Getting these wins is not easy, but I never thought I would be here, that’s for sure.”
The 35-year-old managed to come through a chaotic contest at Mugello, eventually seeing off teammate Bottas by just under five seconds.
“It was one of the most challenging days, physically and mentally, I’ve experienced,” admitted the six-time world champion.
“It’s all a bit of a daze and felt like three races in one day. With all the restarts and the focus that was required, it was really hard.”
Hamilton will hope for a smoother ride in Sochi, where he has won four times in six renewals and Mercedes have dominated by taking the chequered flag first in all of those events!
How the Tuscan Grand Prix finished
1 Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 Bottas (Mercedes), 3 Albon (Red Bull), 4 Ricciardo (Renault), 5 Perez (Racing Point), 6 Norris (McLaren), 7 Kvyat (Alphatauri), 8 Leclerc (Ferrari), 9 Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), 10 Vettel (Ferrari), 11 Russell (Williams), 12 Grosjean (Haas), DNF Stroll (Racing Point), Ocon (Renault), Latifi (Williams), Magnussen (Haas), Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), Sainz (McLaren), Verstappen (Red Bull), Gasly (Alphatauri)
Max Verstappen looked a big threat to Hamilton when putting together a series of fine performances to make the podium in six consecutive races, including a win at Silverstone.
However, the Red Bull driver has subsequently hit a rocky patch, retiring early at Monza and Mugello after suffering from power unit problems.
“It is just really disappointing for the team that we had to retire again, especially when we looked so competitive,” said the Dutchman last time out.
His car had seemed competitive in qualifying and Alex Albon went on to finish a very creditable third on race day, so it is too early to write off Red Bull.
Nevertheless, Verstappen has failed to ever reach the top three at Sochi in the past, posting form figures of 10-DNF-5-5-4.
Punters can get 7/5 he misses out on that target again this weekend and that is added to our Russian Grand Prix betting tips.
Lance Stroll failed to build on a podium finish at Monza when he limped out on lap 42 at Mugello but it was another promising effort from the Racing Point man.
The Canadian seemed on course for a fifth top-six placing in seven outings until he appeared to suffer a puncture which prompted a heavy crash.
However, Stroll commented: “I’m pleased with how the upgraded package performed this weekend and it gives us a good platform for the coming races.”
Let’s finish off our Russian Grand Prix predictions by taking 17/20 for Stroll to be in the leading sextet here.
Past Russian Grand Prix winners
2019 Hamilton (Mercedes), Bottas (Mercedes), Leclerc (Ferrari)
2018 Hamilton (Mercedes), Bottas (Mercedes), Vettel (Ferrari)
2017 Bottas (Mercedes), Vettel (Ferrari), Raikkonen (Ferrari)
2016 Rosberg (Mercedes), Hamilton (Mercedes), Raikkonen (Ferrari)
2015 Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel (Ferrari), Perez (Force India)
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