With just six races left of an extraordinary F1 season, it looks like nobody can catch Lewis Hamilton. The six-time world champion has a 69-point lead over Valtteri Bottas and looks destined to claim a fourth Drivers’ Championship in a row and a sixth title in seven years.
Hamilton has been the one to beat again
Of the 12 races that have taken place so far, Hamilton has won 8 of them, claiming wins in Austria, Hungary, Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, Italy and Germany. He has also made the podium in two other races and it is his consistency of picking up points that make him so hard to catch in the title race.
Finnish driver Bottas has won twice, including the opening race of the season and then again in Russia, while Dutch driver, Max Verstappen, has won once in the second staging of the British Grand Prix. There was also a surprise win for Pierre Gasly in an incredible race at Monza.
Hamilton is clearly favourite to win the Drivers’ Championship, but if you wanted to bet against him you can get odds of 60/1 with 888sport for Valterri Bottas or Max Verstappen to claw back his lead and land a sensational title.
Mercedes to land Constructors title again
In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes have a near unassailable 180-point lead over their nearest rivals, Red Bull. They will probably be crowned champions again for a seventh successive year and through Lewis Hamilton or Valterri Bottas, Mercedes can boast having one of their drivers on the top of the podium on nine out of 11 races so far. They have also only failed to have a driver in the top three once.
Red Bull, who have enjoyed just one win this season, are priced at 16/1 with 888sport to beat Mercedes to the Constructors title, whilst Ferrari, who are without a win all campaign, are a 50/1 chance.
Can we expect any late drama?
With the F1 season going into December this year, we are entering new territory and conditions could play a big part in how the end of the championship pans out. However, the tour does end in countries which usually enjoy a very warm climate.
Remaining F1 races
- Italy 01 Nov
- Turkey 15 Nov
- Bahrain 1 29 Nov
- Bahrain 2 06 Dec
- Abu Dhabi 13 Dec
It would be a major surprise not to see Lewis Hamilton crowned champion – but stranger things have happened in sport and this has been far from a normal year.