The French Grand Prix returns to Formula 1 for the first time in 10 years, and it’s getting a big welcome back. The season is just peaking, and the title race has seen a lot of jostling for position. After a win in Canada last time out, Sebastian Vettel has moved a point ahead of Lewis Hamilton, but will he extend that lead this weekend? See our betting tips and predictions for the French GP below, and don’t forget to check out the latest odds comparison to make sure you’re getting the best betting odds on all your bets.

Can Ferrari Hold on?

There’s so little between the top two in the standings and now their dominance is even muscling out some contenders. Daniel Ricciardo emerged as a potential world champion, but he just can’t keep the pace with the big two. Both Vettel and Hamilton have been a class above so far, with a 34 point gap between second and third ahead of the eighth race of the season.

That’s reflected in the betting, which sees Hamilton as the slight favourite for the world title at odds of 8/11 with Coral. Sebastian Vettel follows at 5/4 with Bet365, while Daniel Ricciardo has drifted out to 33/1 with BetVictor. We’re likely to see a close run fight between them for the rest of the season.

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You can’t help but feel that this is the title race we were promised last season. We’re getting a really interesting swing back and forth between the top duo, which we expected last term. Hamilton ultimately took things up a gear and sped off on his own, but he doesn’t seem capable of pulling that off this year. Ferrari are a genuine challenge to the reign of Mercedes, and they’ll be out to prove that against the challenge of Hamilton this weekend.

Who is on Form?

We’ve seen a wide open F1 campaign so far, which had three different drivers with two wins to their name after six races. Vettel is back out in front after his latest victory but that ended a four-race stretch when Ferrari failed to pick up a win. In that time, Vettel scored 56 points out of a possible 100, which allowed Hamilton to take charge at the top. While he won in Canada, getting back to back victories could be a test too far for Vettel.

Meanwhile, Ricciardo slipped back out of form with his fourth placed finish in the last race, and he could be feeling the pressure. He has 47 points from his last four races, and overall he’s not exactly delivering his best. Red Bull have also made the decision to change from Renault engines to Honda, partly based on their experiences in Canada, so they may not be in a position to challenge for success this weekend.

That obviously brings us back to Hamilton, who finished 10th behind David Coulthard in France back in 2008. He went on to win the title that year, and the Brit will be out for a stronger showing when he arrives in Marseille. Can he take advantage of problems for the other drivers and return to the top of the Formula 1 standings this weekend?

French Grand Prix Betting Tips

There’s little between the big two according to the bookies, who have basically matched them across the board. You can find Hamilton at 6/4 with Ladbrokes, while Vettel also sits at 6/4 with Coral ahead of their showdown in France. Following them is Valtteri Bottas, who is 7/1 with Betfair. Just who will live up to that billing this weekend?

Arguably Bottas is in line for a victory, with four runners-up spots in his last six races. He’s a tempting each-way pick, but we’re also expecting a strong showing from Hamilton this weekend. We see Mercedes to be the winning team as value at 11/10 with 888Sport, as they have a point to prove this weekend. We’re also going with Hamilton at 6/4 with Ladbrokes, as he looks to return to top spot after a poor race last time out.


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