Daniel Ricciardo’s hopes of claiming a third successive chequered flag were dealt a blow after a humdrum qualifying performance from the Australian left him in lagging in ninth on the Italian Grand Prix grid.
As such, his odds to reign supreme in Monza have swollen to an enormous 30/1, with all the money coming in for warring Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
The Englishman will begin on pole and has been afforded 11/20 favouritism for the race, with his German counterpart some way back in the betting at 11/4.
Statistically speaking, the longer and latter offering should be much beefier, for the man to qualify in the quickest time has gone on to mount the summit of the Monza podium in each of the past four seasons, while not since Michael Schumacher in 2006 has the driver to assume the pre-race silver spot ended up claiming the laurels.
Hamilton’s only victory in the land of linguine and limoncello came after nailing pole in 2012 and after claiming prime position on the grid for the first time in seven races, he’ll certainly fancy his chances of a fifth success of the campaign.
A brief perusal of Rosberg’s record on this leg of the F1 circuit will inflate his hopes further – the 29-year-old has never so much as finished in the medal positions on this track.
Having missed out on just one podium from all his completed races this term, the Driver’s Championship pacesetter can be backed at a meagre 1/4 end the Italian hoodoo here, but the annals say this should be opposed.