US Grand Prix betting: Hamilton in unstoppable form

Ed Hawkins

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 5:17 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 5:17 PM UTC

Title race is over and this should be a parade for the Briton in Austin on Sunday

<p>Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff, is clearly not a betting man. He has claimed that the world title race is “far from over”. The bookies disagree somewhat – the denouement ot the season is a relative victory lap with no odds even available on him being beaten.</p><p>Ahead of Sunday’s US Grand Prix, Hamilton has a 67-point lead over Sebastien Vettel with only 100 points available with four outings remaining. Hamilton would need to be abducted by aliens to fail to land the crown. And no doubt he will wrap it up in Austin, Texas where he will need to outpoint Vettel by eight.</p><p>No doubt he will be going all-out for the win. With six wins in the last seven Wolff may only be guilty of kidology rather than a child-like naivety about sporting reality. The title race has been over for some time as Hamilton has found a different gear and Vettel has crumbled under the pressure, no matter what Hamilton has said in his rival’s defence. It will surely rank as Hamilton’s finest effort considering the early-season problems Mercedes had with the car and an anxiety that Ferrari were quicker.</p><p>Hamilton is 8/13 with <a href=";a=87e126f9-4229-4364-9464-7fbff2763146&amp;f=2">William Hill</a> for victory at the circuit of Americas. It is arguable that it is not short enough considering the Briton’s form at the track. He has four wins from six since the inaugural race in 2012 - one for McLaren in 2012, and the last four in a row for Mercedes.</p><p>Vettel is 10/3 with <a href=";a=32b59d0e-2bfb-43ac-987d-fd24429abae0&amp;f=2">Betfair Sportsbook</a> for victory. It’s not a great price considering his mindset. He knows it is over and the mistakes are getting more frequent as he struggles to bring his a-game. Understandable really.</p><p>“We made it a bit too easy for them in the last couple of races,” the German said. “Credit to them, they executed well. But we need to look after ourselves and do our bit and then we see.” It doesn’t exactly put fire in the belly, does it?</p><p>Instead Mercedes could enjoy a 1-2 in Austin. Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas is beginning to benefit from the highly-tuned car now, too and the 15/2 available with <a href=";book=Bet365">Bet365</a> and <a href=";book=Ladbrokes">Ladbrokes</a> could be worth a nibble, particularly with each-way odds available at a third the first two.</p>
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