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F1 Podium: Three Bets for the Monaco Grand Prix

Sergio Perez Force India Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix

With Lewis Hamilton coming off his second victory of the season in the Spanish Grand Prix and Mercedes becoming the first team to win back-to-back races in the process, the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix looks to be a significant race for many teams.

Entering the race, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has a six-point lead in the drivers’ standings over Hamilton (104-98) while Valtteri Bottas sits third with 63 points. In the constructors’ standings, the Silver Arrows own an eight-point lead over Scuderia Ferrari while Red Bull sits third on 72 points and is being seriously challenged by Force India, who bring 53 points into the principality.

The Circuit de Monaco has not been kind to the Italian outfit, however. Ferrari hasn’t recorded a victory here since 2001 when Michael Schumacher captured the checkered flag for the fifth and final time. To the surprise of nobody, Mercedes has been the dominant force in Monaco in recent seasons as the team has won four straight races, capped by Hamilton’s triumph one year ago.

The new season has been a thrilling one and the Monaco Grand Prix will not be an exception. To help you add to what will already be an exciting weekend, here are three wagers to consider – starting with longer odds – that are currently available at online shop [custom:link-bovada].

P1: Sergio Perez Top 3 Finish (+2000)

Checo has been in fantastic form through five races, finishing in the top 10 in each, capped by a fourth-place finish in Spain last time out. In fact, he finished third in Monaco last season and has raced very strongly here in the last three editions.

Those factors, plus the fact that Force India continues to put a great package out on every track, make the +2000 price (as of Friday) here very, very attractive.

Perez enters the weekend seventh in the drivers’ standings with 34 points, but with the two Red Bull drivers ahead of him within striking distance, the Mexican will have some extra motivation to reach the podium in Monaco once again.

P2: Both Force India cars to finish in the Top 10 (+125)

This one has been a money-maker all season so there isn’t really any point to stop backing it now. The fact this is still plus-money is an added bonus for Formula 1 bettors.

The Force India team, piloted by the aforementioned Perez and impressive youngster Esteban Ocon, has been one of the highlights of the season. Five races in and the dynamic duo have put together five straight top-10 finishes. The thing is, both seem to be getting better with every race.

The only caveat here is that it will be Ocon’s first time racing the streets of Monaco but the 20-year-old Frenchman drives with a maturity and poise that should aid him well.

P3: Sebastian Vettel to win (-125)

This has been a great, great F1 season so far, so doesn’t it make sense that Ferrari would end its drought in Monaco with a win this year? My gut is telling me so.

Vettel and the Ferrari package have been fantastic so far this season and to top it off, he was blistering in FP2 Thursday, clocking a 1:12.720.

He does have a victory here, winning with Red Bull back in 2011, and to win the first Monaco GP for Scuderia Ferrari since 2001 would be an incredible moment for himself and the team.

2017 Monaco Grand Prix Odds
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)-125
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)+225
Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)+1000
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)+1000
Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)+1600
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)+1600
Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso)+6600
Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)+6600
Sergio Perez (Force India)+25000
Esteban Ocon (Force India)+50000
Jenson Button (McLaren)+50000
Felipe Massa (Williams)+75000
Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)+75000
Romain Grosjean (Haas)+75000
Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)+75000
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)+100000
Lance Stroll (Williams)+150000
Jolyon Palmer (Renault)+200000
Pascal Wehrlein (Sauber)+300000
Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)+300000

Odds as of May 26 at Bovada