Monaco Grand Prix betting tips: Hamilton can rule the streets again
Preview and odds for Sunday’s race
The most prestigious race on the Formula One calendar returns with Lewis Hamilton out to cement his dominance at the top of the driver’s championship in Monaco.
The famous race around the streets of the principality was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic but is back this weekend and will be the first race of the season to be held with fans in the grandstands.
Hamilton has won three of the first four races of the season, with a win in Spain last time out stretching his championship lead over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to 14 points.
The seven-time world champion has also won three times before in Monaco and will be a popular pick in Monaco Grand Prix betting tips as the 11/10 favourite to become just the fifth man to win the race four times.
Verstappen and Hamilton have been the top two in every race so far, with Mercedes’ better strategy in Spain denying the Dutchman the chance to level the season up at two wins apiece. Verstappen is 5/4 to get the upper hand around the pair’s hometown.
Monaco native Leclerc to climb the podium?
While many drivers have made Monaco their home, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was born and raised in the principality and knows the streets like the back of his hand.
He has yet to make an impression on his big race, finishing 18th for Sauber and retiring in his one race there for the Scuderia. But after a strong start to the season – finishing both sixth and fourth twice – he is 2/1 to score his first podium of the season.
Other podium contenders include McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, who won the race in 2018 for Red Bull. Fresh off his best finish of the season – sixth – in Spain, the Australian is 5/1 to make the top three.
A longer shot for the podium may be two former multiple world champions and two former double winners in Monaco. Alpine’s Fernando Alonso is 14/1 for the top three, with Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel 50/1.
McLaren-Ferrari battle heats up
While Mercedes and Red Bull battle it out at the top of the standings, the race to be ‘best of the rest’ is intensifying behind them.
It appears to be a straight fight between McLaren and Ferrari, with the British team five points clear of the prancing horse. McLaren are 2/1 to have both cars inside the top six, while Ferrari are evens to achieve that feat.
Within the teams, Leclerc has beaten new team-mate Carlos Sainz in every race so far and is 4/9 to do so again, with Sainz 13/8 to get the upper hand. Britain’s Lando Norris has a 3-1 lead over his experienced colleague Ricciardo, with the Australian 8/11 to close the gap in Monaco.
Alonso upstaged by Ocon
When the great two-time world champion Alonso returned to F1 he would not have wanted to be outdone by his 24-year-old Alpine team-mate Esteban Ocon.
But Ocon has finished ahead of the Spaniard in all four races, with Alonso a dismal 17th in his home race, and the Frenchman is 4/6 to keep his illustrious team-mate behind him again.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication