Away from the writing life I do a little coaching at a local tennis club. On Wednesday evening I coach this guy who works for UBS and travels every other week. When I saw him last Wednesday I asked him how life was, usual pleasantries, his reply was this, ” Funny you should ask because your about to hate me. Not only have I been asked to ‘work’ at the Monaco Grand Prix on the company yacht, but I have to (yeah, have to?) visit all the players parties. I will get to meet everyone.” I have never used the word jealous in a more serious sense.
The Monaco Grand Prix has so much history and so much tradition. It truly is the best race of the F1 season and so much can happen that I spent most of my Sunday afternoon watching the old races on Sky Sports F1.
Some very nice prices but is Hamilton really the Favourite?
This year’s F1 season has been nothing but inconsistent. No one driver has won more than one race and two men who sit atop of the driver’s standings spent most of the season complaining that their cars suck. Still, I credit Vettel and Alonso for their clear exceptional driving ability.
I was a little confused to see Hamilton at the top of bookmakers Favourites list. I know he should have won the Spanish Grand Prix as he clearly qualified faster than Maldonado but he has been very disappointing so far this season. He is yet to win a race and his car is in good nick. He finished 6th last year at Monaco and I believe his 7/2 price, by Sportingbet, is a little short in my opinion.
The two current points leader sit just behind Hamilton. Vettel and Alonso can be found at 5/1 by many bookmakers. Both drivers definitely have the skills to win in Monaco but their lack of speed in qualifying will be a major issue. Moncao’s race does desire a driver who is willing to focus and not push his tyres too hard too early, something that Vettel and Alonso both are able to do and have done in the past. I personally lean a little closer towards Vettel as his car seems to be improving a lot but it would not surprise me to see Alonso there or their abouts.
Sky Bet and Sportingbet offer a very nice price on Jenson Button. Button has also won this race before and being chalked up at 10/1, is not a bad each way bet. I also think someone like Rosberg (25/1) or Maldonado (16/1- Bill Hill) are not bad bets considering that both drivers have tasted victory. However, I am intrigued to see how Maldonado will react after his surprised win last weekend.
Is 13/2 Raikkonen ready to step up after his return?
Kimmi Raikkonen‘s return to F1 this season has been incredible. His Lotus car is running well and his performances have been improving despite his China race. The Finn was a big fish of F1 when with Ferrari and is clearly showing us all that not only is he back but he thinks he can challenge the top guns.
If there was ever a time to really stamp your return on F1 then on the biggest stage is where Kimmi could pounce. Raikkonen has been on the podium in the last 2 races and would have been a lot more successful in others if it were not for poor strategy.
I think this is a huge race for the 2007 World Champion and I believe he will step and make his mark here. The Finn is nicely priced at 13/2 by Sportingbet. Beware of the Finn.