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F1 Podium: Three Bets for the 2018 Italian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has won four times at Monza, including last year, and a win on Sunday would tie him with the legendary Michael Schumacher for most all-time at the historic race. Sebastian Vettel is coming off a win in Belgium and his Ferrari is the favorite less than 48 hours before the race. Vettel’s odds are -135 to win his fourth Italian Grand Prix while Hamilton can be locked in at +225. 

It’s a two-car race for the drivers championship, I think all sane individuals realize that, but each week brings with it a new set of bets and opportunities to cash in on the F1 championship circuit. Let’s examine some potential winners this week:

P1: Fastest Lap – Lewis Hamilton (+400)

Hamilton has set the fastest lap time at Monza in three of the last five Grands Prix. Prior to that, his former teammate Nico Rosberg had done the deed for the Mercedes team. Hamilton’s current teammate Valtteri Bottas set the fastest lap last week in Belgium. Daniel Ricciardo had the fastest lap on this track last year but has struggled mightily recently for Red Bull Racing as changes are afoot there. 

Odds to complete the fastest lap at the 2018 Italian Grand Prix

Odds as of August 31 at Bet365

  • Sebastian Vettel:     +250
  • Lewis Hamilton:      +400
  • Kimi Raikkonen:      +400
  • Daniel Ricciardo:     +450

P2: Vettel vs Bottas combo podium finish (+200)

Sebastian Vettel has a permanent seat on the podium and Valtteri Bottas has been racing excellently this season. Bottas overcame a penalty, starting from the back rows, plus damage to his car in an early-race mishap, to finish fourth in Belgium while taking home the DHL Fastest Lap award in the process. At +200, I’m keen to make this selection on my F1 bet card this week. 

Vettel and Bottas Combo Finish 2018 Italian Grand Prix

Odds as of August 31 at Bet365

  • Yes:   +200
  • No:     -275

P3: Win Outright – lewis hamilton (+225)

Every time Lewis Hamilton has lost a race this year, it’s like he gets angry enough to will his way back into a top-of-the-podium finish the following week. As he and Sebastian Vettel go back and forth at the top of the drivers standings, it’s worth the +225 to bet on the four-time Monza champion. 

Odds to win the 2018 Italian Grand Prix

Odds as of August 31 at Bet365

  • Sebastian Vettel:        -135
  • Lewis Hamilton:         +225
  • Kimi Raikkonen:         +450
  • Valtteri Bottas:           +1200

Below is the complete odds table for the outright winner of the 2018 Italian Grand Prix:

2018 Italian Grand Prix Odds
DriverOdds
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)-135
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)+225
Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)+450
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)+1200
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)+2800
Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)+6600
Esteban Ocon (Force India)+100000
Sergio Perez (Force India)+100000
Carlos Sainz (Renault)+100000
Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)+100000
Charles Leclerc (Alfa Romeo Sauber)+100000
Marcus Ericsson (Alfa Romeo Sauber)+150000
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)+150000
Romain Grosjean (Haas)+150000
Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso Honda)+150000
Fernando Alonso (McLaren)+250000
Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)+300000
Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso Honda)+300000
Sergey Sirotkin (Williams)+400000
Lance Stroll (Williams)+400000

Odds as of August 31 at Bet365

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