Having failed to get the job done in the United States last week, Lewis Hamilton will head ‘south of the border’ confident of a repeat of last year’s title celebrations in Mexico.
The Brit found the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez not to his liking 12 months ago, but was still able to seal his fourth World Championship after a ninth-place finish.
With Mercedes having seen their advantage over the field shrink last weekend, Max Verstappen is fancied to claim victory in this particular battle as Hamilton seeks to win the war.
Verstappen – Race Winner @ 33/10
The Dutchman dominated this race last year, narrowly missing out on pole before taking advantage of a coming together between Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel to secure his third career victory.
This high downforce track suits the Red Bulls and in Verstappen the Milton Keynes-based outfit have one of F1’s in-form drivers.
The 21-year-old secured his fourth podium in the last six races in the United States last week, coming all the way from 18th to finish second.
Verstappen offers great value in a race in which Hamilton (7/4 – Race Winner) only needs to finish seventh to claim the title, while ante-post 29/20 favourite Vettel is too unpredictable at this moment to warrant much support.
Sainz – Top-10 Finish @ 20/39
The layout of the circuit plays into the hands of the teams who have a strong aerodynamics package, a box ticked by Renault.
They have produced top-10 finishes in both Singapore and Monaco, which require similar set-ups to Mexico.
The French manufacturer looked strong in the United States last week as they secured sixth and seventh place respectively, with Nico Hulkenberg just edging out team-mate Carlos Sainz.
Sainz had been enjoying the better form of the two men during the second half of the season before last week, with three top-10 finishes in the last five races.
He is the choice of the two although backing Hulkenberg at 5/9 wouldn’t represent a bad selection, with the German coming home seventh in Mexico two years ago.
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