We share free picks and odds as Formula 1 returns on September 6 with the Italian Grand Prix at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, north of Milan.
Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix to extend his championship lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who finished second. Hamilton now has six wins this season. The podium was Hamilton, Rosberg and Romain Grosjean (Lotus).
Formula 1 will return in less than two weeks with the Italian Grand Prix. Here is a look at the odds for this event.
Lewis Hamilton is the clear favorite in this race. He has -225 odds at Bovada. Other short odds to win are Nico Rosberg (+225) and Sebastian Vettel (+1400).
This race will take place at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Sunday, September 6 at 8:00 AM ET. Opened in 1922, this track has hosted the Italian Grand Prix ever since the event's inauguration in 1950, except for the 1980 edition when the race was held at Imola.
Italians often refer to Autodromo Nazionale Monza as "La Pista Magica" or the magic track. Since it is the local circuit of Ferrari, legendary Ferrari fans (Tifosi) turn the stands to a sea of red on race day, creating a very special atmosphere.
Numerous modifications have been made over the years to improve safety for both drivers and spectators, but this circuit still faces criticism for its lack of run-off, especially at the Variante della Roggia corner. Even with the ongoing safety debate, Monza is still a firm fan favorite as you can always expect an action-packed high-speed race there.
Race distance: 53 laps (306.72 km)
Start time: 8:00 AM ET
Circuit length: 5.793 km
2014 winner: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 53 laps in 1:19:10.236
2014 pole: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 1:24.109
Lap record: Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari); 1:21.046 (2004)
Favorites to Win
Lewis Hamilton won this race last year and in 2012 and he finished second in 2007. Hamilton currently leads the F1 Driver Standings with 227 points, he has won six races this year and his worst result this season was a sixth place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg has never won this race. He is second in the standings, 28 points behind Hamilton. Rosberg has three wins this year, he finished second at the Italian Grand Prix and his worst finish in 2015 was 8th place in Hungary. He finished second at the Italian Grand Prix last year.
Sebastian Vettel has won this race three times. He is third in the standings with 160 points, 67 points out of first. Vettel has two wins this year and he has finished in the top 5 in every race, except for the Belgian Grand Prix, in which he placed 12th. He finished sixth in this track last season and he could be looking to redeem himself after his recent performance in Belgium and his showing in Italy last year, which could make him an interesting alternative for our sports picks to win this year.
Top Valued Longshot
Felipe Massa has two third place finishes at the Italian Grand Prix and he is coming off a sixth place finish in Belgium. He is at +3300 betting odds to win this race. Massa is fifth in the standings with 82 points and he has one win this year.
Betting Odds for Other Notable Drivers
Fourth on the list of favorites to win the Italian Grand Prix are Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas at +3300. Daniel Ricciardo and Romain Grosjean round-out the top eight favorites at +6600.
Updated Odds to Win 2015 Formula 1 Drivers' Championship
Lewis Hamilton -800
Nico Rosberg +600
Sebastian Vettel +3300