Ferrari To Rain On Hamilton’s Parade


Lewis Hamilton looks well set clinch a fourth World Drivers’ Championship in Mexico City with a top-five finish but it is Ferrari who could be enjoying the celebratory mariachi band on Sunday.

It was hoped Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton would still be locked in a Mexican stand-off heading in to the final few races but the Brit has shown his class during the second half of the season, opening up a 66-point lead over the German.

Vettel has had his fair share of bad luck but when the chips are down, it has been Hamilton who has produced the goods, winning five of the last six races, while finishing second in the other.

Having clinched the Constructors’ title in Austin, the Silver Arrows will look to see Hamilton over the line to complete the double. The world champion in waiting is the 4/5 favourite.

However, Hamilton might not have it all his own way this weekend, despite a Mercedes having won the last two Mexican Grands Prix since its reintroduction to the calendar.

With the race taking place a high altitude, teams will have to cope with a lack of downforce, something which has proven to be a problem for Mercedes in Hungary and Monaco this year.

Vettel won both races at those circuits and is therefore fancied at 23/10 to take the chequered flag on Sunday, while team-mate Kimi Raikkonen is a massive 22/1.

Red Bull will also fancy their chances of a podium finish in Mexico given their strong showing during the second half of the year. Daniel Ricciardo (15/1) and Max Verstappen (5/1) finished third and fourth respectively last year in Mexico and can secure a podium finish.

The passionate fans always make the race a spectacle and they will be desperate to see home favourite Sergio Perez do well in his Force India.

‘Checo’ has achieved five consecutive top-10 finishes and can continue that run at 4/11, while he is 19/10 to end up in the top six.