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Hamilton to be top dog in Budapest

Hamilton to be top dog in Budapest


It is difficult to see anything but another Lewis Hamilton victory in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, the last race before the mid-season break.

The 32-year-old three-time world champion has an excellent record at the twisty Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod near Budapest, having won the race on five previous occasions – in 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2016.

He was outstanding a fortnight ago when winning the British Grand Prix and is 5/6 with ComeOn! to clinch a fifth race victory of the season following his wins in China, Spain, Canada and Silverstone.

Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas has also been in good form of late, following up his victory in Austria by ensuring the team enjoyed a one-two finish at Silverstone.

The Finns have a fine record in Budapest, with Mika Hakkinen, Kimi Raikkonen and Heikki Kovalainen all tasting victory in Hungary in the last 18 years.

Bottas is good value at 17/4 to continue that fine tradition by taking the chequered flag first on Sunday, while Raikkonen is available at 14/1 to win his first race of the year.

Odds of 7/2 on the winning nationality in Hungary being Finnish also look too good to ignore.

Only four men have won a Grand Prix so far this season and Max Verstappen appears to be most likely to make it five having accrued 57 points in the drivers’ championship so far in 2017.

The 19-year-old Red Bull driver has been forced to retire in five races this year but when he has finished he has never been lower than fifth and was on the podium in China before clinching fourth spot in Silverstone.

Verstappen is 12/1 to win the Hungarian Grand Prix and 7/5 to clinch a place on the podium this weekend.

There also appears to be good value in the top-six finish market where Fernando Alonso is available at 57/20 and Kevin Magnussen at 19/4.

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Mark Race Having worked in the media for nearly 30 years, Mark knows his sport inside out and at all levels. An avid football fan, Mark also has serious knowledge of the tennis world and is quick to point out value bets in a number of other sports.