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Formula 1: 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix – another battle between Hamilton and Vettel expected
This weekend sees Azerbaijan host its second ever Grand Prix, taking place in the country’s capital at the Baku City Circuit. Once again, it is likely to be a straight battle between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton to take the chequered flag – they have won six of the seven races so far in the 2017 Formula 1 season, with three victories apiece and Valtteri Bottas, in Russia, the only other.
The current Drivers’ World Championship standings point towards only two possible winners, the German or the Briton. Currently it is the Ferrari driver that leads the way on 141 points, 12 ahead of Hamilton, who is 36 ahead of his team-mate Bottas.
After last season’s European Grand Prix took place at the circuit, teams will note that there is little margin for error on track position due to the proximity of the walls. The earliest indicator will come on Friday morning with the first practice session on the track, which is just over six kilometres long.
Arguably qualifying is the most important aspect of a weekend given that it can make or break a race, and no racer will wand to head into Sunday’s scheduled 51 laps needing to overtake a substantial number of cars on this circuit. Without last year’s winner Nico Rosberg – who has since retired after claiming his maiden world championship - there will be no previous winner in Baku on the grid, and Hamilton crashed in Q3 last year, qualifying 10th and only getting up into fifth during the race.
Tipbet provide odds on all Formula 1 races, including in the form of head-to-head bets between the drivers of each team. Vettel is 1.18 to out-race his fellow Ferrari Kimi Räikkönen (4.10) – he has done so in all seven races so far. Hamilton, meanwhile, is 1.35 to finish ahead of Bottas, who is offered at 3.00. First place and 25 points for Hamilton would put him on 154 and mean that Vettel would require a podium finish to ensure that he stays in first place. All F1 odds are available by clicking here.
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