When it comes to the Canadian Grand Prix, auto racing betting odds should favor the man that has won the race more than any other active driver – Lewis Hamilton. As a matter of fact, no active driver other than the Mercedes wheelman has won it more than once, which puts Ham in the same class as Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher (one of the few instances in which one would want to share either of those drivers’ fates). Hamilton has won five Grands Prix du Canada, including the last two straight – and beating in 2016 the man who has become his German nemesis in lieu of former teammate Nico Rosberg. Ham finished 7th in Monaco Sunday before last, his first finish outside the top 5 this season. The 2007 CGP was Hamilton’s first of many Formula 1 wins, and while he has had to withdraw from the race three times, he has never finished worse than 3rd place. He will have a bull’s-eye on his back, though, and everybody else will be gunning for him on Sunday, including the following.
As fans who bet on auto racing might remember, the German won the 2013 Canadian GP and has never finished out of the top 10 in eight starts at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (8th in 2007 and 2008, 5th in 2015, 4th in 2010 and 2012, 3rd in 2014, and 2nd in 2011 and 2016). Vettel has won three races this season – including the Monaco Grand Prix – and finished second in the other three, which pretty much makes auto racing betting fave anywhere, anytime.
Like Ham, the Australian won his first F1 event at Gilles Villeneuve; the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix. The similarities end there, though; Hamilton has won more Canadian GPs than Ricciardo has won races. The Red Bull driver has two straight top 3 finishes, but excepting his one win he has never made the top 5 in Canada.
The Spaniard will return to the Formula 1 grind after winning the 2017 Fastest Rookie award for his Indianapolis 500 four-lap qualifying speed of 231.300 and the Rookie of the Year award for the 2017 edition of the Indy 500. Alonso won the 2006 CGP and finished 2nd in 2013. However, some fans who bet on auto racing might say he would be better switching to the IndyCar Series permanently, given his recent results.
The Finnish finished 4th in Monaco, his fourth top 5 of the 2017 season. In addition to that, Bottas has two consecutive top 3s at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The Finn is having the best F1 season of his six-year career and is third in the drivers’ standings behind Vettel and Hamilton.
If we were in the mid-2000s, Räikkönen’s auto racing betting odds would probably be a lot better. He won the 2005 Grand Prix du Canada, placed 3rd in 2006, and came in 5th in 2004, and 2007. Then again, he has finished in the top 10 in the last five editions of the race.