The Circuit Paul Ricard is the venue for the return of the French Grand Prix to the Formula 1 calendar after a 10 year break.
The Canadian Grand Prix took place a fortnight ago and saw Sebastian Vettel lead from pole to flag with Valtteri Bottas runner-up and Max Verstappen completing the podium. Lewis Hamilton who was the defending race winner took 5th spot.
With this victory Vettel takes over the lead in the Driver’s Championship Standings just 1 point ahead of Hamilton who had started the race 14 points in front of Vettel and not surprisingly this has sparked some betting movement with Hamilton drifting from 5/10 to 8/10 and Vettel shortening from 2/1 to 12/10 in what looks very much a 2 horse race.
Drivers’ Championship Betting for 2018 – click here to bet – previous price in brackets
Lewis Hamilton 8/10 (5/10)
Sebastian Vettel 12/10 (2/1)
Valtteri Bottas 35/1 (25/1)
Daniel Ricciardo 40/1 (18/1)
Verstappen 125/1 (100/1)
Kimi Räikkönen 150/1 (100/1)
3000/1 and better the balance
2008 was the last time the French Grand Prix was part of the Formula 1 calendar and this circuit has not featured since 1990 when Alain Prost stormed to victory. The 2008 race was won by Felipe Massa with his teammate Kimi Räikkönen in 2nd. Räikkönen had started in pole position and had the fastest lap. Completing the podium was Jarno Trulli.
French Grand Prix Betting – click here to bet
Lewis Hamilton 17/10
Sebastian Vettel 17/10
Valtteri Bottas 7/1
Max Verstappen 7/1
Daniel Ricciardo 10/1
Kimi Räikkönen 10/1
500/1 and better the balance
Prices correct at time of posting but will change in the lead up to the race and there are a number of other markets on offer.
Suggested Bet: Sebastian Vettel at 17/10
We have no track form to go on but we do know that Vettel is in excellent nick and that Hamilton has gone on record with his dislike for the track. Couple that with the money back for 2nd place promo – see details on the banner below – and I think Vettel is worth a solid play this week.