Sebastian Vettel may lead the 2017 Formula One drivers’ standings after winning two out of the first three races this year, but even that form hasn’t been sufficient for the German to steal favourite status in time for next Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix.
That honour belongs to three-time world champions Lewis Hamilton, who makes his way to Sochi later this month hoping he’ll be able to topple his Ferrari opponent from the summit of the standings, where he boasts a seven-point lead as things stand.
Hamilton can be found at evens (2.00) to emerge victorious in the eastern European showdown, and it certainly helps his case to know Mercedes appear to have a firm understanding of how to run the race, having won in all three of its modern appearances on the Formula One circuit.
And the Briton is responsible for two of those wins himself, while retired champion and former team-mate Nico Rosberg claimed Sochi success in 2016.
Hamilton may lead the odds, but Ferrari star Vettel is tight on his heels at a similarly low price of 5/4 (2.25), while the rest of the field look like distant outsiders from there—perhaps yielding an opportunity to back an outsider in Russia.
2017 Russian Grand Prix Schedule
- Friday, April 28: Practice 1 (9 a.m. BST)
- Friday, April 28: Practice 2 (1 p.m. BST)
- Saturday, April 29: Practice 3 (10 a.m. BST)
- Saturday, April 29: Qualifying (1 p.m. BST)
- Sunday, April 30: Race (1 p.m. BST)
2017 Russian Grand Prix Odds
- Lewis Hamilton: Evens (2.00)
- Sebastian Vettel: 5/4 (2.25)
- Valtteri Bottas: 7/1 (8.00)
- Kimi Raikkonen: 14/1 (15.00)
- Max Verstappen: 33/1 (34.00)
- Daniel Ricciardo: 40/1 (41.00)
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