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Apparently the feud between Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is now over, at least that’s what the Brit recently indicated via Twitter.
However, it’ll be a case of daggers drawn in Montreal this weekend when the duo lock horns in the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Hamilton and Rosberg locked in title duel
Indeed, even if tensions off the track have subsided, their rivalry on it hasn’t – and won’t. Between them, Hamilton and Rosberg have mopped up all six GPs staged so far this season and the 2014 Drivers’ Championship is already a straight fight between the Mercedes duo.
The German ended Hamilton’s four-race winning streak in Monaco last time out, in the process recording back-to-back victories in that GP, but Canada has been a happy hunting ground for Hamilton and he is a hot favourite to emerge victorious this weekend.
Lewis lethal in Montreal
The 29-year-old claimed his maiden pole and GP victory in this race in 2007. He also triumphed on the undulating Montreal street track in 2010 and 2012, and finished third in last year’s renewal.
Betfair are a top-priced 8/15 about Hamilton recording his fourth Canadian Grand Prix victory this time round and, if he does succeed, he will also retake the lead in the Drivers’ Championship, having been usurped by Rosberg following the Monaco race.
Meanwhile, Rosberg, 28, is the clear 2/1 second favourite with BetVictor, with a yawning gap to the third man in bookies’ lists, Daniel Ricciardo, who is 20s with William Hill, and his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel is next at 25/1 in several places.
Canadian Grand Prix betting advice
It’s half-tempting to oppose Hamilton with Rosberg at 2s, but the Brit really excels on this unforgiving track; his razor-sharp reflexes have served him well at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in the past, and, with the added of incentive of regaining the lead in the title race, Hamilton will be extremely hard to beat.
However, there’s no market in which you can back Hamilton at a price that’s conducive to a wager unless you’re a heavy-hitter. Consequently, the way to go could be the up-and-coming Daniel Ricciardo at 6/4 with Paddy Power in the betting w/o Mercedes.
The Australian, 25, has finished third in Barcelona and Monaco the last twice. His confidence will be high as a result and, unless Vettel or Fernando Alonso up their game on Sunday, it’s not hard to once again envisage him taking third spot on the podium.
Daniel Ricciardo in the w/o Mercedes betting – 6/4 (Paddy Power)