Almost unstoppable at present, Sebastian Vettel’s Spanish Grand Prix success on Sunday took him to four wins in five races this season and the German has now opened up a 41-point lead over Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers’ championship standings.
Bookies now can’t see past the Red Bull man in title betting, 888Sport’s 2/7 the best quote about Vettel retaining the crown and Sportingbet posting 7/1 against Hamilton and it won’t surprise anyone interested in Formula One to learn that the 23-year-old is hot favourite to record another victory as the competition reaches the winding streets of Monaco.
Vettel is 10/11 with William Hill to rack up a fifth win of the year and given how difficult overtaking is at the Circuit de Monaco, he’ll be hard to stop if the Red Bull is as quick in qualifying as it has been in recent weeks.
2010 victor Mark Webber won from pole position a year ago and is 5/1 (Betfred) to manage another triumph while Bwin offer 3/1 for Vettel and Webber to make it a Red Bull one-two, in that order (it’s 7/1 the other way around).
In Spain last weekend, McLaren had greater race speed than their Red Bull rivals but had too much to do having not qualified well enough. On this narrow circuit it will be essential to improve in qualifying but it’s as high as 7/1 (Bwin) for Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button to steer the McLaren to pole and that will ultimately be the pair’s undoing unless tyre issues hamper Vettel and Webber.
Nevertheless, with his car going well and the team confident, Hamilton at least looks decent value at 4/5 with Sportingbet to clinch another podium finish even though Red Bull look set to be the victorious constructor in the principality (1/2, Skybet).
Elsewhere, a rampant Vettel is 6/1 courtesy of Skybet to manage a hat-trick involving pole position, a race victory and the fastest lap but after he was quicker during the race at the Circuit de Catalunya, Hamilton is worth a speculative flutter at 6/1 (bet365) to register the quickest lap for the second week in succession.