Where do I start after the Monaco Grand Prix? I wouldn’t say I had the same amount of bad luck as Lewis Hamilton, but like him it could have been so different.
My bet of Lewis achieving the hat-trick (pole, race win and fastest lap) was looking so good for a while, and then the safety car and the most discussed pit stop in F1 this season denied Hamilton a famous Monaco victory.
I also predicted Pastor Maldonado and Fernando Alonso to finish in the points, and unfortunately reliability issues denied the Venezuelan and Spaniard points finishes after promising starts to the race.
My final bet was a bit of fun and unfortunately for Pastor, he was the first driver to retire and not Marcus Ericsson. This leaves me with a loss overall of £18.50 – so let’s see if my luck will change this weekend in Montreal…
ONE – I believe Lewis Hamilton will be as determined as ever to win this weekend ,and Canada is one track he loves. As with every race this season, Lewis is the clear favourite so for a bit of value I’m going for the pole position and race win double for him.
Lewis Hamilton double to take pole position and race win – 11/10 (Paddy Power)
TWO – Kimi Raikkonen is struggling in qualifying this year, but his race pace has been good and with overtaking opportunities in Canada, I believe Kimi can get on the podium this weekend.
Kimi Raikkonen to finish on the podium – 5/2 (numerous bookmakers)
THREE – On the latest edition of the NRF1 Podcast I predicted both Lotus cars would finish in the points with the Mercedes power underneath them. Romain Grosjean’s odds are quite short but Maldonado’s are fairly high, so it may seem a bit crazy with the season he has, had but his luck has to change soon.
Pastor Maldonado to finish in the points – 6/4 (Bet365, Paddy Power and Sporting Bet)
♦ Kyle Cumbers is a member of the NRF1 Podcast crew. Follow Kyle on Twitter @kcumbers