British Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton was among the auto racing betting favorites to win the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix for good reasons, and he delivered for online betting fans who put his money on him. By virtue of winning this race, Hamilton has become one of the few in F1 history to win it more than once, putting on a racing clinic on the Circuit de Monaco to claim his first win of the 2016 season. On the flipside, his Mercedes Benz teammate Nico Rosberg had a comme ci, comme ça evening. He started in second place, and seemed as if sixth was the best he could manage. As a result of this result, Hamilton gets even closer to Rosberg, who still leads the driver rankings.
The race proper got off to a slow start because the heavy rain that was pouring down was enough to break out the old safety car. Business picked up instants after the aforementioned safety car had been removed from the strip of pavement we know as race course. British driver Jolyon Palmer had a close encounter of the wall kind following an unfortunate zebra-related incident. Wunderkind Max Verstappen had to settle for starting at the back of the grid after he crashed out during the qualifying stages. On a course that affords racers opportunities to overtake one another, the 18-year-old was skillful enough to wiggle himself into the top ten, but he sadly ended up in the barriers on the 35th lap.
The rivalry between Hamilton and Rosberg has been the talk of the town for all auto racing betting fans since the season kicked off, but the story of Monaco Grand Prix came down to a duel between Hamilton and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. The former was like Rosberg’s shadow from lap eight, before leaving him in the dust on lap 16 to set up his battle with Ricciardo. Both drivers went as far as they could without changing their wet tires, and in this war of attrition Ricciardo flinched first while Hamilton remained in the track.
The tipping point of the race came on the 32nd lap. Miscommunication among the Red Bull crew resulted in a failure to timely change the tires which left Ricciardo burning daylight in the pit. There were doubts among online betting experts as to whether Hamilton’s tires would hold together for the rest of the race, but like a cat in a poster he hung in there and won by approximately 5 seconds. Ricciardo was understandably upset because this is the second time something like this happens to him, but what are you gonna do?