After a largely uneventful Monaco Grand Prix, I think it’s safe to say we can expect a little bit more excitement in Montreal as Formula 1 crosses the Atlantic for the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend.
The end result in Monaco was far from boring for Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari, however. Vettel now brings a 25-point lead over Lewis Hamilton into Canada while Ferrari boasts a 17-point lead over Mercedes in the constructors’ standings.
Still, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been a favorite of Hamilton’s as the Brit has posted back-to-back wins entering this year’s event and has won five in his illustrious career. Those five career wins in Montreal place him second all time, just two behind the great Michael Schumacher.
This will be the home race for F1 newcomer Lance Stroll of Williams. Stroll has yet to earn his first point in F1 and has four DNF’s through six races so capturing a point here would be a major coup for the young driver.
To help you cap the weekend in Montreal, here are three wagers to considering – starting with the longer odds – that are currently available at online shop Bovada.
(Article and odds ahead of Thursday’s practice sessions)
P1: Daniel Ricciardo Top 3 Finish (+350)
Ricciardo has put together four really good races through six so far and is coming off back-to-back third-place finishes in Spain and Monaco entering this one. That makes this prop at +350 really appealing.
Ricciardo is a previous winner here (2014) but finished a disappointing seventh after starting fourth one year ago.
Red Bull seems to be in a bit of a better place than it was to begin the season and has a lot of momentum entering the Canadian Grand Prix. Plus, the Aussie has a great opportunity to narrow the 15-point gap Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen owns over him.
P2: Both Force India cars to finish in the Top 10 (+110)
This has been an excellent wager all season; except of course last race when Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez finished 12th and 13th respectively.
Still, considering this prop has cashed in five of six races thus far, this is a great wager and so long as this prop is plus-money, it’s something worth backing.
The Force India team has been a great story so far and I fully expect both cars to get back in the points. Perez and Ocon and very talented and quick drivers and I believe Monaco to be a one-off for this team.
P3: Nico Hulkenberg Top 10 Finish (-120)
This one is a bit chalkier than I like for this column, but is still worth a shot considering Hulkenberg’s recent performances on this track.
While with Force India the previous three seasons, Hulkenberg finished fifth, eighth and eighth. Coming off a DNF in Monaco, Nico will look to get back into the points after nabbing points in Bahrain, Russia and Spain for his new Renault team.
Hulkenberg is really Renault’s only hope for points considering how poor Jolyon Palmler continues to be so they will push for points through the German all season long.
Again, all of these potential wagers could look very different come Sunday morning, but ahead of practice and qualifying, these all look like pretty damn good wagers to spice up what should be a thrilling weekend in Canada.
|Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)||+125|
|Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)||+125|
|Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)||+650|
|Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)||+1100|
|Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)||+2000|
|Max Verstappen (Red Bull)||+2000|
|Sergio Perez (Force India)||+25000|
|Felipe Massa (Williams)||+30000|
|Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso)||+50000|
|Esteban Ocon (Force India)||+50000|
|Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)||+75000|
|Kevin Magnussen (Haas)||+100000|
|Romain Grosjean (Haas)||+100000|
|Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)||+150000|
|Fernando Alonso (McLaren)||+150000|
|Lance Stroll (Williams)||+150000|
|Jolyon Palmer (Renault)||+200000|
|Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)||+200000|
|Pascal Wehrlein (Sauber)||+300000|
|Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)||+300000|
Odds as of June 8 at Bovada