Monaco Grand Prix preview: Jenson Button’s return and Lewis Hamilton betting

May 25, 2017

Jenson Button returns to Formula One for a one-off Monaco Grand Prix outing in the McLaren-Honda.

F1 betting fans aren’t holding out much hope on Button claiming a podium spot in Monte Carlo. He is currently priced at 51.00 to make it into the top three.

And, with McLaren’s terrible engine problems this season, even a finish for the 2009 world champion would be a remarkable achievement.

Monaco F1 Betting

The Monaco Grand Prix races into town and there are, of course, two men at the top of the pile ready to claim the race win. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are setting up a tantalising battle at the top of the Drivers’ Championship. It is exactly what F1 needed after years of Mercedes dominance.

Hamilton is 2.30 to win the race, with Vettel at 2.60. That is the little difference that slits the teams. And, in reality, British F1 betting fans probably weigh down Hamilton’s odds. For Vettel has proven capable to matching Hamilton in every aspect of racing this season.

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Bet on Lewis Hamilton

The winner of the Monaco Grand Prix is likely to be whoever starts on pole, and that favours Hamilton who is a master at qualifying. Pole position is crucial, as the driver has the inside lane heading into Turn One. And, because there are so few overtaking positions in Monte Carlo, being first out of Turn One is vital.

After that, Vettel’s best overtaking position would be through the famous tunnel in Monaco and down to the Nouvelle Chicane. Hamilton is an expert at defending his lead — he does it often enough —but a mistake here could secure Vettel an advantage.

Bet on Sebastian Vettel

Not that Hamilton will get his own way. As we saw at the Spanish Grand Prix, Hamilton is not as quick off the line as Vettel. He blamed wheel spin in Barcelona but Hamilton does have form in slow starts. Could Vettel beat him down into Turn One? It is certainly possible and Ferrari will be confident the German can run his British rival hard. Vettel at 1.30 to finish on the podium covers all your bases.

Bet on Jenson Button

As for Button, we should not expect the 37-year-old to be challenging for a top-three position. However, points are attainable. There are always withdrawals at the Monaco Grand Prix and Button won’t want to be one of them. He may be more cautious in order to prolong this experience and that could lead to a top-10 finish.

McLaren believe they are getting their engine problems sorted and there are few more experienced drivers than Button to work out how to get the best of the power unit in front of him. Button is 2.60 to finish in the top 10 and 1.85 to complete the race.

Bet on the Monaco Grand Prix