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Italian Grand Prix Preview: Mercedes Power to Rule the Roost

Italian Grand Prix Preview: Mercedes Power to Rule the Roost

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Speed is the order of the day as the team’s head to one of the fastest and most atmospheric tracks on the calendar, Monza.

One thing is always assured when the F1 circus turns up in the Northern Italian region of Lombardy, that the adoring Tifosi will be out in full support of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in their Ferrari’s.

However, they will be up against it at their home track as it is somewhat unsurprisingly the Mercedes that have dominated the event in recent years having claimed victory in the last three Italian Grand Prix’s in a row.

The Mercedes power unit is arguably the strongest on the grid which is a defining factor at one of the shortest races of the year with the largest amount of time at full throttle.

This has been reflected in the betting as well with Mercedes to be the winning constructor at 1/3 with Comeon.

In fact, Hamilton is such a short price of 10/19 for the win, that it may be worth gunning for his team mate Valtteri Bottas for the win at 16/5 with us.

If Hamilton slips up it will most likely be Bottas who will reap the benefits in the second silver arrows, however, for an additional bet, throw in Hamilton to set the fastest lap of the race at 1/1 with us.

Any chance of a home win?

2010 was the last time Ferrari won at Monza and although that may have been quite a while ago, the team have come on leaps and bounds in the last couple of seasons and their Ferrari engine is a close second to the Mercedes.

The gap between the two is shorter than it was this time last year and that harbours hopes of a red win. A Ferrari car to win the Italian Grand Prix can be backed at 9/4 with the tifosi not caring which driver crosses the line first.

Big opportunity to score points for Williams and Force India

Both the teams mentioned have big Mercedes customer engines strapped into them and in last year’s race, all four drivers for said teams finished in the points.

This highlights the importance of speed at the track with both teams set to take advantage at a track which plays into their favour.

Williams youngster Lance Stroll has impressed at times this season and looks an assured top ten finisher at 23/20 with us.

For even more value, it is worth looking at the vastly experienced team mate of Stroll, Felipe Massa to book at top six finish at 4/1. Sixth is the position Bottas finished in last year’s race in the same car and there is little to suggest Massa cannot do the same.

Pole Sitter to Winner?

In last year’s race, it was Nico Rosberg who drove to victory despite starting one place behind his pole sitting team mate.

For that to happen again you can get a rather healthy 2/1 with us, although it is important to remember that the two Italian GP’s prior, it was pole sitter Hamilton who claimed victory.

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