The 2018 Formula 1 campaign continues with the French Grand Prix taking place on Sunday, June 24.
Sebastian Vettel is once again topping the Drivers’ Championship standings after his victory in Canada, but the Ferrari star is just one point clear of title rival Lewis Hamilton with plenty of racing still to do this season. This is become a tricky season to predict race to race, the season has seen three winners in seven races and no real visibility on which team will get their tyres working the best at each venue
So can Vettel win back-to-back races for the second time this season, or will the likes Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo make a return to winning ways?
The French Grand Prix is back on the F1 schedule after an absence of ten years though this is the face race at Paul Ricard near Marseilles since 1990. A long circuit with two long straights it should be a circuit that favours power.
Drivers are expected to reach a top speed of 344 km/h on the famous Mistral straight before decelerating heavily for a chicane which should offer ample overtaking opportunities.
The Signes curve which follows won’t be for the faint of heart with drivers racing through the right hand sweep at full speed and likely with very high G-forces.
“Adding the chicane in the middle of the main straight should help with overtaking,” says Haas’ Romain Grosjean.
“It will be full throttle before a very big breaking zone. If a driver defends his line while breaking for the chicane, he may not have a good exit.
“That could provide the car behind with another overtaking opportunity at Signes, which will be flat-out, with the possibility of going through it two abreast!
Outright odds for the race are as follows
Each way odds are available at 3 places, one-fifth the odds with Bet365
The uncertainties here are an unfamiliar circuit, tyre wear and Mercedes upgrades, which were due before Canada but postponed because of quality control issues
Given those uncertainties a search for each way value means I alight on Ricciardo at 8/1 for what remains one of the best race-trim cars