Canadian GP Betting Odds
Once again the glitz and glamour that is Formula 1 racing is heading back to North America for the annual Canadian GP, to be held at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. The race is typically one of the most highly anticipated events on the Formula 1 calendar, and this year there is added interest for local fans with the inclusion of Canadian Lance Stroll in the field.
Although Red Bull have secured podium finishes in the last two races, they are seriously down on power and can expect to be well off the pace of the Mercedes and Ferrari teams on this high speed circuit. This realistically only leaves the two cars from each team as serious contenders, with the hot favourites being the respective number one drivers from each - Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel - and this is clear to see if you look at the numbers below.
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari +120: Seb has been the man to beat all year so far and has made a habit of putting it together on race day. He currently holds a 25 point lead in the driver’s championship and coming off a win last outing at Monaco he is the in-form driver currently.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes +138: The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is one of Lewis’ favourite race venues given he has won here a total of five times (second only to Schumacher) and taken four of the last seven races. The Brit has been slightly hampered by some tactical errors and technical faults recently but in terms of race pace has generally been right up there with the Ferraris.
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes +650: Bottas has performed strongly since his promotion to Mercedes claiming his maiden win at the Russian GP and will be eager to prove he is no number 2 driver.
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari +1100: The Ice-man turned back the years last weekend at Monaco claiming pole position and leading the first half of the race until a questionably timed pit-stop allowed Vettel to jump him. Kimi should have won otherwise and may just have that glint in his eye and the hunger to regain his place as top dog.
Lance Stroll, Williams +150000: Canadian Stroll has had a less than desirable start in his maiden F1 season copping significant criticism for his performances to date. Although not a realistic chance of winning he has a great opportunity to show what he can do on his home track.
Hamilton has been falling further behind Vettel in the driver’s championship of late but he’s been around long enough to realize that he has to do something significant to buck this trend soon or watch the dream of a fourth driver’s championship slip away in 2017.
Given his unrivaled pedigree at the circuit compared to his competitors and his unquestionable hunger to win it’s hard to go past Lewis as the most likely to be standing atop the highest step of the podium come race end and kickstart his championship offensive in the process.
It is also worth noting that the odds on Bottas and especially Raikkonen are very long considering they have the same car as Hamilton and Vettel; either could be worth a value bet particularly if wet weather is forecast.
Montreal Grand Prix 2017 Schedule
Friday 09 Jun - Sunday 11 June 2017:
- Practice 1 (Friday): 10:00 - 11:30
- Practice 2 (Friday): 14:00 - 15:30
- Practice 3 (Saturday): 10:00 - 11:00
- Qualifying (Saturday): 13:00 - 14:00
- Race (Sunday): 14:00 - 16:00
The circuit on Montreal’s Notre Dame Island combines long, high-speed straights with heavy braking zones into slow corners and rarely fails to produce a highly entertaining race. Who could forget in 2014 when the Mercedes cars repeatedly tripped over each other leaving the door ajar for Daniel Ricciardo to snatch his maiden F1 victory or 2011 in wet conditions when Jenson Button astonishingly came from last place mid-race to grab the win, who will emerge victorious in 2017?
See below for a full analysis of the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve:
Formula One betting involves much more than just the overall winner. There is always the option to bet on both the Drivers Championship Overall Winner and Constructors' Championship Overall Winner throughout the formula one season, and you can get odds for these markets right now.
Additionally, each and every race provides punters with several options, including head to head betting (where you choose which of two teams will do better over the course of a race), winner nationality and whether or not a driver will record points in the race. You can even bet on the qualifying rounds! Here are some fearless predictions to help you with your wagers:
- Hamilton to take pole position in a Mercedes GP front row qualifying lockout.
- Hamilton to control the race from the front and secure his 6th F1 victory at the circuit.
- Lance Stroll to be buoyed by the hometown support on offer and sneak into a top 10 finishing position.
- Stoffel Vandoorne to fall victim to ‘The Wall of Champions’ at some stage over the weekend but not necessarily go on to reach the illustrious heights of the likes of Jacques Villeneuve, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill or Sebastian Vettel who have all previously come to grief on the famous corner.
As always, there are a multitude of betting opportunities available, and you can access the best odds from our favourite sportsbooks below.
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