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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Hamilton ready to ’round off historic season’ with win in UAE

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Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have already secured top spot in the Drivers and Constructors standings respectively some time ago, but by no means is the season over.

There is still pride, points and several other important issues at stake as the drivers take to the tracks for one last time in 2019.

The Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates plays host to the last of the 21 races of the season, where several drivers will be looking to finish the campaign in style in one of the most stylish venues in the world.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place on Sunday, with Hamilton unsurprisingly favourite to clinch top spot yet again. The Briton clinched victory at the 55-lap, 5.554-kilometre circuit last year, and will be keen to replicate that win this time around.

He can be backed at 6/4 to do just that.

Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel took second in 2018, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen securing third. The former is currently 9/2 to win the race this year, with the latter available at 10/3.

Vettel won the event with Red Bull back in 2009 in the Yas Marina Circuit’s Formula 1 debut, before going on to win his first title in Abu Dhabi a year later.

But it’s been Hamilton and Mercedes who have been celebrating this season, with just one race left before a well-deserved break. And where better to celebrate than at the Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island, which stands proud as one of the most sophisticated racing tracks in the world, costing an estimated US$1 billion to construct

Elsewhere on Yas Island sits seven hotels, a water park, golf course, nightclub, beach and Ferrari’s indoor theme park. But it’s the Hermann Tilke-designed track – with slow speed corners and tricky turns – that will be of most importance to the drivers come Sunday.

Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas is currently 20/1 to win the race, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc 5/2.

Others looking to cause a shock to the system include Alexander Albon and Daniel Ricciardo. Red Bull’s Albon is currently 25/1 to secure a surprise victory, with Renault’s Ricciardo a massive outsider at 500/1.

A Mercedes win has been given odds of 11/10, while a Ferrari victory is 6/4.

Red Bull and McLaren can be backed at 10/3 and 250/1 respectively.

Verstappen will be full of confidence heading into the race after taking first place in a thrilling Brazilian Grand Prix earlier this month. The Red Bull driver twice passed Hamilton to clinch top spot.

Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly took second, and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz finished in third in Sao Paulo after collisions between Leclerc and Vettel, and Hamilton and Bottas. Both Gasly and Sainz are 500/1 to win in Abu Dhabi.

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Brazilian Grand Prix: Hamilton backed to continue dominance on the track

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Lewis Hamilton is undoubtedly the man to beat this weekend in the penultimate race of the season in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver claimed his sixth world title in USA last time out. He is, however, not finished yet, and will once again be hungry for success in Sao Paulo on Sunday.

He remains in a comfortable lead in the Drivers standings on 381 points after his latest win. But fellow Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas will be keen to close that gap when they come together again at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace.

Hamilton, is however, favourite to clinch another victory over 71 laps of the 4.309 kilometre track. The Briton is currently 7/4 to secure the win, with Bottas available at 9/2.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has burst onto the scene to storm to third place in the overall leaderboard. 

The 22-year-old’s odds to win have, however, risen to 14/1 after it was announced that he will face a 10-place grid penalty after engine failure last time out.

Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel complete the top five. Verstappen can be backed at 7/2 to leave Brazil victorious, with Vettel available at 5/1.

Those five are seemingly a sure-thing to clinch the top five spots in another highly-anticipated Brazilian Grand Prix. And it’s the top three of that leaderboard who have been backed to clinch a podium finish at the end of the race.

There are, of course, several outsiders looking to cause a huge upset when they meet the stars of the sport on Sunday. Red Bull’s Alexander Albon has been given odds of 100/1 by several bookmakers. And Australian Daniel Ricciardo is available at 500/1 to win in Sao Paulo.

Mercedes unsurprisingly lead the Constructors standing, well ahead of Ferrari and Red Bull in second and third respectively. 

Hamilton’s team are favourites at 3/4 to extend their lead at the top with another win. And it’s currently 2/1 for a Ferrari victory and 37/13 for Red Bull to take first place.

McLaren and Renault complete the top five. The former is a massive 500/1 to pull off a major shock and be the winning team. And the latter are even bigger outsiders at 750/1.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix brings to a close another eventful F1 season at the end of the month. But all eyes will undoubtedly be on Sao Paolo come Sunday.

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US Grand Prix: Punters backing Hamilton to wrap up sixth World Championship

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Lewis Hamilton is being backed to win the upcoming United States Grand Prix and therefore clinch his sixth World Championship.

The Mercedes driver is currently 15/8 on Paddy Power to win Sunday’s race in Austin, Texas.

With a win, the Briton would secure an early World Championship title, the sixth of his career. 

But already with a 74-point lead over Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton doesn’t even need to win on Sunday.

SEPANG, MALAYSIA : OCTOBER 01, 2017 : Lewis Hamilton of the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team leads Max Verstappen driving the (33) Red Bull Racing on track during the Malaysia Formula One (F1) Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit (SIC).

If Bottas takes first place at the Circuit of the Americas, a finish in the top eight for Hamilton is enough to secure the top prize in Formula One.

The 34-year-old has only finished outside of the top eight once from 18 tries this year, when he crashed behind the safety car in Germany in July. And on that occasion he still strode home in ninth place, even after an additional delay in the pits.

And if Bottas doesn’t take home the number one spot in the US, Hamilton will retain his world champion crown. It would be a third successive World Championship for the Briton, and a sixth in total.

Young Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc is currently available at 2/1 to win the race in Texas, with Sebastien Vettel at 3/1. 

Max Verstappen can be backed at 11/2, with Bottas given odds of 9/1.

But Hamilton is certainly the one to beat. Punters have given him 6/1 odds to win the championship by 100+ points. His 74-point lead could be extended on Sunday, with a maximum of 78 points remaining from the three races left in the season.

The Mercedes driver claimed victories in eight of the first 12 races to give himself a considerable lead in the standings. A sixth world championship would leave him just one behind Michael Schumacher’s record of seven titles.

It’s currently 11/10 for a Ferrari victory, with Mercedes at 5/4. Red Bull are currently 9/2 to be the winning team on Sunday, while the likes of McLaren, Williams and Renault are all massive outsiders at 500/1.

Hamilton is expected to thrive once again in a country where he has had previous relative success. The US Grand Prix is tailor-made for the character of Hamilton, with over 100,000 spectators expected on race day.

First and second practice takes place on Friday, with a final practice session and qualifying on Saturday. The race then takes centre stage on Sunday.

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