The wait goes on for Ferrari in their mission to win a Drivers’ championship title after Lewis Hamilton condemned the Italians to an 11th successive year without the title in Mexico last time out. However, the Constructors’ crown is still up for grabs and with Hamilton now having got his prize, Ferrari will hope to swoop in for victory in Brazil this weekend.
Sebastian Vettel race winner @ 33/20
It has been another year to forget for Vettel having once again made a strong start to the season, only to see Hamilton pull away in the latter stages. Whispers regarding the German’s future with Ferrari continue to grow louder so he’ll be looking to silence the critics at Interlagos.
Last year, Vettel just edged out Valtteri Bottas for the win in Sao Paulo, ending Mercedes’ four-year domination of the race.
The Silver Arrows have always performed well in Brazil since the V6 hybrid era began and they will be strong again this weekend, with Bottas likely to lead the charge if Hamilton follows the pattern from last season of easing down in the aftermath of his title triumph.
It is carnival time for the now five-time world champion, so Bottas appeals at 23/4 to be Vettel’s closest challenger, especially as he is due a win having handed victory to Hamilton in Russia earlier in the season.
Nico Hulkenberg top-six finish @ 5/2
One team to avoid this weekend is Red Bull, who have a dreadful record at Interlagos since the hybrid era begun, failing to lead a single lap of a Brazilian Grand Prix since 2014.
Max Verstappen has played down his chances of a podium place, while Daniel Ricciardo, who has never finished higher than sixth in Sao Paulo, will be happy just to finish the race after back-to-back DNFs.
Red Bull’s issues could open the door for the ever-improving Renaults, Hulkenberg having finished sixth in Mexico, while Carlos Sainz had performed well in qualifying, only for a mechanical issue to ruin his race.
Hulkenberg gets the nod ahead of his team-mate in the top-six markets given he’s never finished outside the top 10 in Brazil during his F1 career.
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