Monaco Grand Prix betting tips: Mercedes have momentum at last
Monaco Grand Prix betting tips, preview and odds
It is one of the highlights of the F1 season this weekend and we have studied the odds to pick out some Monaco Grand Prix betting tips.
The Monte Carlo venue plays host to the seventh round of the campaign with Max Verstappen leading the drivers’ championship by six points from Charles Leclerc.
Sunday’s race gets under way at 2pm and is live on Sky Sports.
Pain in Spain for Leclerc
Verstappen has taken charge of the title race after romping to victory at a thrilling Spanish Grand Prix last weekend.
The Red Bull driver took advantage of Leclerc’s mechanical failure on lap 27 of 66 before performing out of his skin to deliver his third win in as many races.
Sergio Perez completed a one-two finish for Red Bull as George Russell secured third, following another fine performance from the young Briton, with Carlos Sainz fourth.
Lewis Hamilton dropped from sixth to last but one after an opening-lap collision with Kevin Magnussen.
But the seven-time world champion delivered an impressive comeback to charge his way through the field to fifth – robbed of fourth when he was told to “lift and coast”, presumably to save fuel in the closing stages, and Sainz made his way back past.
Verstappen is now 4/6 to retain his drivers’ crown while Leclerc has been eased out to 6/4. There is a feeling though that the street circuit this weekend will suit Ferrari more than Red Bull and Leclerc looks a worthy favourite at evens to win his hometown race in our Monaco Grand Prix betting tips.
Hope for Hamilton
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes Hamilton’s new car could fire him into world championship contention.
Hamilton delivered his best performance of the season last weekend and although he is 64 points behind Verstappen, there are 416 points still on the table and Mercedes are suddenly back in the groove.
“That looked like a world championship-winning race car that Lewis was driving,” said Wolff. “His race pace was stunning and [without the first-lap incident] he would have challenged for the win.
“It reminded me of last year and the years before, when a car and driver are really on the top of their game. The race was so important for his morale and our morale, too.
“The car was like previous seasons, where you are more than 30 seconds behind the whole field, and you come all the way to the front and near the podium. That is very encouraging and shows that we’ve made another step.”
Hamilton, so often the odds-on favourites in the F1 odds in recent years, is 11/1 for victory this weekend and may be a value bet in Monaco Grand Prix betting tips, while he is 9/4 for a podium finish and 10/1 for the fastest lap.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication