F1 2015 Monaco Grand Prix: Hamilton red-hot favourite to win in Monte Carlo

PUBLISHED: 11:49 24 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:53 24 May 2015

Lewis Hamilton on track during practice for the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

Lewis Hamilton on track during practice for the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

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Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is the bookies’ red-hot favourite to win the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix after taking pole position in qualifying.

The 30-year-old Mercedes AMG Petronas driver from Hertfordshire claimed his first ever pole around the Circuit de Monaco in F1 yesterday (Saturday).

He is now 2/7 favourite to win the race, according to William Hill.

His Silver Arrows team-mate Nico Rosberg is a 7/2 shot, with Sebastian Vettel an 11/1 shot.

“Lewis is going to be very hard to beat and he is attracting all the interest,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.

Monaco Grand Prix facts and stats: The race

* Start time: 1400 (local)/1300 (BST)

* Race distance: 78 laps (full World Championship points awarded after 75 per cent distance/58 laps)

* 2014 winner: Nico Rosberg

* 2014 pole position: Nico Rosberg 1m15.989s 158.233km/h

* 2014 fastest lap: Kimi Raikkonen 1m18.479s 153.213km/h

* Chances of a Safety Car: High. Statistically, there’s an 80 per cent chance of a Safety Car – largely due to the lack of run-off. There was one Safety Car period last year, following an accident involving Adrian Sutil.

* Don’t put the kettle on... – Between laps 25-27. With it being so difficult to overtake around Monaco, track position is king. Last year’s race was won using a one-stop strategy, the top four cars starting on the Supersoft tyre and then switching to the Soft.

* Weather forecast: It’s unpredictable in Monaco at this time of year. However, the guidebooks tell us that the Principality receives 300 days of sunshine per year, so there’s more chance of sun than rain.

Boylesport have Hamilton 1/4 favourite to register his fourth win of the 2015 F1 season.

Last year’s Monaco winner, Nico Rosberg, will start behind team-mate Hamilton on the grid and is 7/2 to retain his crown and register a third victory at the Circuit de Monaco.

Sebastian Vettel last won the Monaco Grand Prix back in 2011, and he is on offer at 12/1 to register his second victory this season, having won the Malaysian Grand Prix back in March.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo is 33/1 to register his first victory of the 2015 season, while Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen is on offer at 50/1.

Liam Glynn, BoyleSports’ spokesperson, said: “Lewis Hamilton will be bidding to extend his lead at the head of the 2015 Drivers’ Championship and is all the rage at 1/4 to register his fourth victory of the 2015 F1 season.”

He added: “Nico Rosberg is bidding for a hat-trick of wins at the Circuit de Monaco but he has been eased out to 7/2 from 3/1 as his team-mate Lewis Hamilton is all the rage with our traders reporting that punters can’t see past Lewis Hamilton at the minute.”


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