Don’t look now, but things are getting very interesting at the top of the Formula 1 drivers’ standings.
Mercedes still dominates at the top but Lewis Hamilton has now won back-to-back races heading into Sunday’s European Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan and has closed teammate Nico Rosberg’s lead to just nine points.
Rosberg won the first four races of the season and established a huge lead over everyone but that was followed by a first-ever victory for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and then the double by Hamilton.
The drivers now turn their focus onto the street circuit in Baku as the European Grand Prix returns after a three-year hiatus from the F1 schedule. This is the first time a race will be run here so driving the course will be as new as betting it.
At six kilometers, the drive will be the second-longest of the campaign, trailing only the seven KM drive in Spa, Belgium.
The track looked new to the drivers in qualifying Saturday as several struggled in the demanding course. Rosberg qualfied for the pole and is the -180 favorite at online book Sportsbook to win in Baku Sunday.
Hamilton made a three-peat quest tricky on himself as he crashed into the wall during qualifying and will start 10th in the grid. The Brit can be had at +300 and has second-best odds behind his teammate Rosberg.
The surprise of qualifying was Force India's Sergio Perez who drove wonderfully Saturday and will start second in the grid. The great ride Saturday has Perez at +3300, which puts him fifth on the oddsboard.
Below is a look at the odds to win in Baku after qualifying.