Formula 1 By Rupert Adams

Bottas 2/1 To Finish With More Points Than Lewis

The speculation has finally come to an end regarding the replacement for reigning F1 champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes, with Valtteri Bottas confirmed as Lewis Hamilton’s partner for the 2017 season. That has made the four year veteran joint-second favourite with Max Verstappen at 3/1 for the Drivers Championship, with new teammate Hamilton the current top pick at 5/4. Pascal Wehrlein, the other prominent name linked with the then vacant Mercedes slot, was overlooked in the end and has instead joined the Swiss Sauber team, making him 16/1 to claim the 2017 Drivers Championship.

Hills offer 2/1 that Bottas finishes with more points in the season than his new teammate and he is 5/2 to win on debut.

Mercedes look set to claim title again in 2017, a victory which would give them four successive titles. Red Bull will be hot on their tails of the 4/6 favourites though, and at 6/4 will be looking to claim their first success in the table since their 2013 pairing of Vettel and Webber were able to claim their own fourth consecutive Constructors Championship.

Bottas Specials:

Season Match Bet: 4/11 Hamilton, 2/1 Bottas

5/2 To Wi The Australian GP

To Finish Classified In Australian Grand Prix: 1/6 Yes, 6/1 No

To Have Contract Terminated Before End Of Season: 40/1

Drivers’ Championship 2017: 5/4 Lewis Hamilton, 3/1 Max Verstappen, 3/1 Valterri Bottas, 4/1 Daniel Ricciardo, 14/1 Sebastian Vettel, 16/1 Pascal Wehrlein, 33/1 Fernando Alonso, 50/1 Kimi Raikkonen, 100/1 Carlos Sainz, 100/1 Nico Hulkenberg, 100/1 Stoffel Vandoorne, 200/1 Esteban Ocon

Constructors Championship: 4/6 Mercedes, 6/4 Red Bull, 8/1 Ferrari, 16/1 McLaren, 66/1 Renault, 250/1 Force India, 250/1 Haas, 250/1 Toro Rosso, 400/1 Williams, 2000/1 Manor, 2500/1 Sauber