Lewis Hamilton is hunting for a fourth straight Grand Prix victory as the Formula One bandwagon rolls into Germany this weekend, with the race taking place at the famous Hockenheim track.
The German Grand Prix was previously one of the biggest highlights of the calendar but its allure seems to have dimmed in recent years and there is a chance Hockenheim’s contract will not be extended when it runs out at the end of the 2018 season.
This could therefore be one of the last chances to see great racing at one of the classic Grand Prix venues, with Mercedes again expected to dominate after claiming six race wins in a row this year.
Hamilton starts every GP as the favourite these days and he now leads team-mate Nico Rosberg by six points at the top of the standings after he won last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
Rosberg won the German GP the last time it was held in 2014, though, while the previous year’s race win also went to a home driver, with Sebastian Vettel crossing the line in first place.
Four-time champion Vettel and Rosberg do not have the popularity of racing legend Michael Schumacher, however, with attendances at the German GP dropping in recent years.
A thrilling race this weekend could remind Formula 1 fans of the greatness of the German GP.
Where does the betting value lie?
Hamilton remains decent value in the betting odds, with a price of 5/8 offered on him extending his winning streak to four races, which would put him in a commanding position in the hunt for the title. The British driver has a tendency to take his foot off the pedal once he is in front, which could offer Rosberg a chance to get back to the top of the standings.
The German – who is available at 21/10 to win on his home circuit – was third at the British GP and second behind Hamilton in Hungary last weekend, so he has been improving of late.
But Rosberg’s speed still seems to be slightly down from his sparkling form at the start of the campaign, when he won the first four races to build a strong lead in the standings, an advantage that has been steadily eradicated by Hamilton, now clear favourite to win the 2016 championship.
Vettel will be desperate to shine in front of his home fans too, but his only career victory at the German GP came at the race’s other host venue, the Nurburgring. He is yet to get a win under his belt this season and 8/1 looks a fair price on him to break his duck.
The Ferrari star is currently in fifth place in the standings – sitting four points behind his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen – but he could claim a top-three finish at a tempting price of evens in this race.
Hamilton is the most likely winner here and appeals even at odds of 5/6 to win the race, but Vettel’s podium odds of evens also stand out as a very tempting bet for this weekend’s action.
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