Venue: Circuit of the Americas
Lewis Hamilton has the chance to wrap up a fifth Formula 1 world championship in Texas and is hard to oppose in our United States Grand Prix betting tips.
The Mercedes star moved 67 points clear of Sebastian Vettel in the title race, with just four rounds remaining, following his win in Japan.
The Briton will now retain his overall F1 crown in America if he passes the chequered flag first and Vettel fails to finish second.
Hamilton’s credentials to be regarded as right up there with the greatest drivers of all time grow ever stronger.
He has 12 more pole positions than any other driver in history, is just 20 wins off Michael Schumacher’s record and is poised to move within two of the German’s championship tally.
However, after securing his sixth win in seven rounds at the Japanese Grand Prix, the Englishman insists there is no chance of him resting on his laurels.
“It is very easy for me not to do that because I am very strict on not being complacent,” he said.
“There are 100 points available and I know we have to keep doing the job until the last chequered flag. That is the goal.”
How the Japanese Grand Prix finished:
1 Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 Bottas (Mercedes), 3 Verstappen (Red Bull), 4 Ricciardo (Red Bull), 5 Raikkonen (Ferrari), 6 Vettel (Ferrari), 7 Perez (Force India), 8 Grosjean (Haas), 9 Ocon (Force India), 10 Sainz (Renault), 11 Gasly (Toro Rosso), 12 Ericsson (Sauber), 13 Hartley (Toro Rosso), 14 Alonso (McLaren), 15 Vandoorne (McLaren), 16 Sirotkin (Williams), 17 Stroll (Williams), DNF Leclerc (Sauber), Hulkenberg (Renault), Magnussen (Haas)
Vettel was a disappointing sixth at Suzuka after he attempted an unlikely move on Max Verstappen at the high-speed Spoon curve, ploughed into the side of the Red Bull car and ended up off the track.
Ferrari have had the best car for large parts of this season, but Vettel has been outclassed, out-foxed and out-gunned by Hamilton, posting a double-figure mistake tally across this season and last.
To be fair, the Italian team were at fault for putting Vettel on the wrong tyres in a dry-wet qualifying session before the German’s clash with Verstappen in the race dropped him to last.
Things have gone rapidly downhill since Vettel registered an impressive victory at the Belgian Grand Prix when returning from the summer break and then Ferrari secured a one-two in qualifying at Monza.
However, team principal Maurizio Arrivabene told the F1 website: “I know that the situation looks impossible, but our job sometimes is to challenge the impossible.
“And this is what we’re going to do and trying to do for the future races.
“We had circumstances during the race (in Japan) that impeded us to achieve the podium. But at least the podium was in our hands and the cars, even if damaged, were going quite well.”
Hamilton has also moved to defend under-fire Vettel, so let’s show some faith in the German by backing him to come second in Texas and at least keep the title race going.
Punters can get 2/1 for Hamilton and Vettel to both be in the first two and that is worth adding to our United States Grand Prix predictions.
Past United States Grand Prix results:
2017 Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel (Ferrari), Raikkonen (Ferrari)
2016 Hamilton (Mercedes), Rosberg (Mercedes), Ricciardo (Red Bull)
2015 Hamilton (Mercedes), Rosberg (Mercedes), Vettel (Ferrari)
2014 Hamilton (Mercedes), Rosberg (Mercedes), Ricciardo (Red Bull)
2013 Vettel (Red Bull), Grosjean (Lotus), Webber (Red Bull)
2012 Hamilton (McLaren), Vettel (Red Bull), Alonso (Ferrari)
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