FORMULA ONE BETTING: Just one week after Red Bull’s success at the Spanish GP, the Championship moves onto the streets of Monte Carlo for the picturesque Monaco GP.
&campaign&newDespite Red Bull’s dominance in Spain last week, Jenson Button remains at the top of the F1 leaderboard but has been pushed out to 9/1 to retain his title by 888Sport.com. Victory for Mark Webber in Barcelona and third place for team mate Sebastian Vettel mean they have been trimmed into 8/1 and 13/8 by Betfred and Betdaq respectively whilst Fernando Alonso, who came second, is into 3/1 at bet365.
This weekend sees the Spaniard go in search of his third win in five attempts in Monaco and looks great each way value at 5/1 with Blue Square, first 3 at quarter odds. Alonso has been in sparkling driving form this season and looks set to continue on the tight streets of Monte Carlo.
Vettel is totesport’s 2/1 favourite, 2008 winner Lewis Hamilton is chalked up at 4/1 by Jaxx.com, Hills post 4/1 about Webber and Button, victorious in the principality last year is 12/1 at bet365.
Monaco is not Catalunya though. There are no long sweeping corners for the Red Bull cars to monster through, setting fastest laps and record speeds. Monaco is unpredictable and was the scene of a bit of a disaster for Red Bull in 2009. Also this year, the presence of 3 new teams means that traffic is going to be more of an issue, squashing things up as leading drivers come around to lap the back markers.
Red Bull will probably get things all their own way at Turkey on the 29th of May but at Monaco they could come unstuck. Lewis Hamilton is a speedy Monaco competitor and is 11/2 with Stan James for pole position. Vettel is the obvious choice for pole, 6/4 with Bet365, but the best drivers are going to be on show at Monte Carlo, over the best cars.
It’s between Alonso, Hamilton and perhaps Webber for the podium, Schumacher will be keen but will have to settle for the top 6, which can be backed at 10/11 with Paddy Power.
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