Hamilton is Championship favourite after third consecutive victory means he and Verstappen go to Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tied at top of the table. Max Liu has the odds and story of a stunning season...
Punters backed Lewis Hamilton to win the Formula 1 Drivers' Championship after his victory in a thrilling Saudi Arabian Grand Prix put him level on points with Max Verstappen and set up a title decider in Abu Dhabi.
It was the third race in a row in which Hamilton has finished first and Verstappen has come second.
This Sunday's Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi is set to be one of the most exciting conclusions to a season in the history of the sport as Hamilton and Verstappen head for a winner takes all showdown.
Hamilton is 1.558/15 to win the title while Verstappen, who lead for much of the season, is 2.829/5.
The pair have lit up the championship this season, as Hamilton pursues a record eighth title and Verstappen targets his first.
The Dutchman was backed at 10.09/1 in the Championship betting back in January but his odds shortened once he started to win races, beginning in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in April.
He shortened to 1.152/13 during practice in Brazil while Hamilton was matched at 6.86/1. The following day, the British driver won the GP and kicked off his winning streak. You can see all the odds fluctuations in this graph...
They have quickly become bitter opponents and yesterday's victory for Hamilton intensified the rivalry.
The race was stopped twice, Hamilton crashed into the back of Verstappen and the Dutchman twice had to cede a position that he had gained illegally.
The recriminations will rumble all the way to the podium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Hamilton is 1.625/8 to win the race while Verstappen is 3.711/4.
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