The Italian Grand Prix is the 14th race of the 2016 Formula 1 season and it promises to be a cracker as the title race is really hotting up. If you want to have a bet on the race, or even the outrights for the drivers or constructors championships, we’ve got everything you need right here. As well as live odds comparison for all those major markets, we’ve got our betting tips and predictions for the Monza showdown.

Before we assess the latest instalment of the thrilling F1 season, let us take a look at how things stand right now. The defending world champion Lewis Hamilton holds a nine point advantage over his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. Including this weekend’s race there are eight Grands Prix left to contest and Rosberg has asserted that he will treat each of the remaining races “like a cup final".

He stopped the rot last time out by winning the Belgian Grand Prix. That ended a run of four straight wins for Hamilton that had turned a significant championship lead for Rosberg into a healthy advantage for the Brit.

Rosberg reduced the deficit to just nine points but it was probably his rival who was the happier of the two drivers. Hamilton accepted a series of engine penalties ahead of the race that meant he began 21st on the grid. In a show of exceptional driving he forced his way onto the podium, hugely limiting the damage his chief rival for the title was able to inflict.

Hamilton was correct to claim that to only lose 10 points was a “super-bonus” and he will be full of confidence for this race at a track he – unlike Rosberg – really likes.

The world championis the odds-on favourite to take the chequered flag in Italy. He has achieved that feat three times here in the last four years and the best odds on him going four in five are just 4/5 with BetVictor.

Rosberg, in contrast, has a quite staggeringly bad record at this race. Dating back to his F1 debut in 2006 he has just one podium finish in Italy and quite often has finished well out of contention. He retired in 2011 and 2006 and finished 14th in 2008, 16th in 2009 and failed to finish last year.

Given that, we simply have to back Hamilton to extend his title lead here by claiming the win. Odds of 4/5 are short but the Brit is driving supremely well right now and they look like great value to us. Hamilton is also well worth backing for the fastest lap at 5/4 with Coral, although Rosberg could pip him to pole.

If you want to look at an alternative option for this race then there certainly seems to be each way value in backing Daniel Ricciardo. The Red Bull man is third in the Drivers Championship after making the podium in his last three races. He was second in the last two of those and is well worth a small each way punt. Alternatively play things just a shade safer and back the Australian for a podium finish, with odds of 13/8 at BetVictor looking excellent value given his form.

No matter what F1 bets you want to place though, our live odds comparison is the quickest and easiest way to make sure you are getting the best value possible. Whether you follow our tips and predictions or not, by getting your selections at the best available odds you automatically improve your chances of making a profit in the long term.

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