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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Formula 1 : Lewis Hamilton Favored Down Under

The 2017 Formula 1 season begins this Sunday with the Australian Grand Prix, live from the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit at 1 AM ET on NBCSN. Two-time winner Lewis Hamilton is the +120 favorite at press time. Sebastian Vettel is next at +325, followed by Valtteri Bottas at +500.

This year’s F1 campaign should be very interesting after Nico Rosberg edged his Mercedes teammate Hamilton for the Drivers’ Championship, then announced his retirement. Rosberg also won last year’s Australian Grand Prix; his place on the Mercedes team has been taken by Bottas, who started life with Williams in 2013 and finished eighth in the Drivers’ standings last year.

Mercedes is a heavy –225 favorite to win this year’s Constructors’ Championship, and Hamilton is –110 to win his fourth individual title, so he’s very much in the driver’s seat this Sunday. Vettel, already a four-time champion, should be Hamilton’s toughest competition; his Ferrari team is second behind Mercedes at +300 to take the Constructors’ title, with Kimi Raikkonen riding shotgun. Red Bull Racing (+550) is the only other viable contender in F1. Max Verstappen is +1000 to win in Melbourne, right behind teammate Daniel Ricciardo at +900 and Raikkonen at +800.

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Formula 1 Odds: Hamilton Leads the Pack at Aussie Grand Prix

Now that his Mercedes teammate (and reigning champion) Nico Rosberg has retired, Lewis Hamilton can start chasing down his fourth Formula 1 title this Sunday when the 2017 season kicks off at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. NBCSN has live coverage beginning at 1 AM ET.

Hamilton, a two-time winner in Melbourne (2008 and 2015), is the +120 favorite at press time to take his third checkered flag. Sebastian Vettel is next for Ferrari at +325, followed by Hamilton’s new teammate Valtteri Bottas at +500. Bottas finished eighth in the Drivers’ standings for Williams last year.

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