United States Grand Prix: Hamilton fancied for Texas four-timer

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Date: 22/10/2017

Venue: Circuit of the Americas

Lewis Hamilton closed in on a fourth Formula One drivers’ championship after his victory in Japan and can now enhance his excellent past record in the United States Grand Prix.

The Briton is within touching distance of the title after holding off Max Verstappen at Suzuka, while Sebastian Vettel retired for the second time in three races.

Hamilton will take a 59-point lead to the Circuit of the Americas track, where he has prevailed for the last three years, heading home a Mercedes one-two on each occasion in Austin, Texas.

The 32-year-old celebrated his last title success with victory at this venue and will be determined to give himself every opportunity to repeat the feat two years on.

At Evens to pass the chequered flag first, Hamilton is hard to oppose in our United States Grand Prix betting tips and has vowed to keep going all out for race wins, rather than play it safe.

“To be honest, there is not really any need to change my approach,” he said. “I just don’t think there is a need to make any changes. I’m not taking crazy risks to be in the position I’m in.

“We will continue to try and keep doing what we are doing, there isn’t much more I can do, sometimes when you come off the gas a little you cause yourself more trouble than you need.”

How the Japanese Grand Prix finished:

1 Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 Verstappen (Red Bull), 3 Ricciardo (Red Bull), 4 Bottas (Mercedes), 5 Raikkonen (Ferrari), 6 Ocon (Force India), 7 Perez (Force India), 8 Magnussen (Haas), 9 Grosjean (Haas), 10 Massa (Williams), 11 Alonso (McLaren), 12 Palmer (Renault), 13 Gasly (Toro Rosso), 14 Vandoorne (McLaren), 15 Wehrlein (Sauber), DNF Stroll (Williams), Hulkenberg (Renault), Ericsson (Sauber), Vettel (Ferrari), Sainz (Toro Rosso)

A spark plug failure is almost unheard of in F1 these days but Vettel’s Ferrari was downed by such a rudimentary issue in Japan.

That followed crashing out at the first corner in Singapore and engine trouble in Malaysia which meant he started last and recovered to finish a respectable fourth.

Ferrari can still produce a fast car, but United States Grand Prix odds of 2/1 for Vettel to prevail offer limited appeal after a series of recent reliability issues.

Such has been the dominance of Mercedes at this track, Valtteri Bottas must come into the reckoning at 8/1, although team orders would make it hard for him to keep Hamilton at bay if they were both at the front.

Nevertheless, Bottas did declare: “I’m looking forward to Austin. I enjoy the track very much; it’s where I got my first points in Formula One and I always love going back there.”

Daniel Ricciardo is 12/1 after making the podium here twice in the past three years, but Red Bull teammate Verstappen is in better form after winning in Malaysia and finishing second in Japan, so will attract more support at 10/1.

“Two podiums in two weeks means I leave Asia extremely satisfied and excited to get back in the car in the US and try and extend this streak,” said the young Dutchman.

Past United States Grand Prix results:

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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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.