Vettel faces being shown up on Germany return

Max Verstappen

Sebastian Vettel will no doubt be in high spirits when he makes his German homecoming this weekend after extending his Drivers’ Championship lead with victory in the backyard of his biggest rival, Lewis Hamilton, last time out.

However, there is every chance Vettel’s happy return will have a disappointing ending with the Hockenheimring a good platform for a three-way tussle for first place. Mercedes are expected to do well having won the last two German Grands Prix but could it be another team that runs off with the top prize?

Max Verstappen race winner @ 35/4

This weekend’s race marks the halfway point in the 2018 season and despite being 88 points behind Ferrari in the constructors’ standings, Red Bull have more than held their own this year.

The Milton Keynes-based outfit have won three races this term, as many as Mercedes and just one fewer than the Scuderia. Red Bull’s best performances have come at the higher downforce tracks, like the venue for this weekend’s Grand Prix.

With that in mind, it looks worth taking a chance on the in-form Verstappen to take the chequered flag on Sunday and keep Red Bull on the coattails of the front two.

The Dutchman was enjoying his best run of results so far this season before his DNF at the British Grand Prix brought to an end his streak of three successive podiums.

Red Bull got both cars on the podium the last time the German Grand Prix was held in 2016 and with Verstappen’s teammate Daniel Ricciardo having won twice this season, Red Bull to be the winning team at 21/4 is another, safer, option.

Valtteri Bottas podium finish @ 1/1

Is there an unluckier driver on the F1 circuit this season than Mercedes’ Bottas? The Finn has been let down by either his team’s strategy, his car or pure bad luck in no less than five races, costing him a shot at victory in the process.

The British GP was a prime example as his team got their strategy wrong, resulting in Vettel passing him late on. With that in mind, it would be a risk to back him to secure his maiden win in Germany but a podium finish is certainly not out of the question, as long as no more black cats cross his path.

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