Lewis Hamilton has been peerless during the second half of the 2018 Formula 1 season and heads to the Circuit of Americas seeking a fifth successive race win.
All the Mercedes driver now has to do before being able to call himself a five-time world champion is outscore Sebastian Vettel by eight points, and that is entirely achievable at one of his favourites races of the year.
Hamilton race winner @ 10/19
Backing the 33-year-old over the last four races has certainly proven to be profitable and we are once again riding with the short-priced favourite in the belief he can finish the job, much like he did in 2015 when he clinched the title in the US.
Not only has he won the last four races but Hamilton’s record in Austin, Texas is unmatched, winning five of the six events staged at the Circuit of the Americas. Coupled with his victory in Indianapolis in 2007, Hamilton has six United States Grand Prix wins to his name, more than any other driver in history.
Vettel is the only other driver currently on the grid to have won a US Grand Prix following his sole victory in 2013. That win aside, the German has struggled to perform Stateside, his runner-up finish last year his best result since he stood atop the podium.
Last year, Vettel jumped Hamilton from the start line but failed to hang on to his lead and ended up coming home a distant second. Given his record in the United States and his antics in Japan, the Ferrari driver is one to avoid at odds of 3/1 for the win.
Max Verstappen podium finish @ 21/10
Had it not been for Hamilton, Max Verstappen would be talked about as the best driver on the grid currently given the results he is achieving in his under-powered Red Bull.
Another podium finish in Japan made it three in the last five races for the Dutchman and he can record another top-three triumph at a circuit which suits Red Bull.
The Milton Keynes-based outfit have had a driver on the podium in two of the last three years in Austin and that would have been three out of three had Verstappen not received a post-race time penalty in 2017.
While Verstappen looks good for the podium, it might be worth taking a look at team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to be the first driver to retire at 15/1.
Only Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley has more DNFs than the Australian, who has been forced to retire in three of the last seven races.
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