By News Team
Last Updated: 15th November 2019
The world title may already have gone the way of Lewis Hamilton, but there’s still the small matter of two races to round off the Formula One season – starting with the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos on Sunday.
History, unsurprisingly, points to a Mercedes win, with fours wins in the last five years at the track.
Can anyone cause an upset? We preview the penultimate Grand Prix on the Formula One calendar.
Hamilton to take it easy after sealing title?
Hamilton may not have won last time out in Texas, but his second-place finish was still enough for the Brit to secure his sixth world title.
Whether he takes his foot off the pedal now he has the title remains to be seen, but having won at the track twice in the past three years, he will want to extend that good run this term and he is 11/8 favourite to come out on top at Interlagos.
His Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas has been his main threat all season, but having never won before in Brazil, it appears to be a bogey track for the Finn and that could well continue this weekend.
Verstappen the main threat
If anyone outside of Mercedes and Ferrari is to challenge for the race win, then it is likely to be Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. He has previously shown a liking to the track and has often produced some of his best racing around Interlagos.
The rain came in 2016 and despite a spin he battled his way back through the field to finish an incredible third, making up 13 places inside the final 16 laps. His name looked to be etched on the trophy last year as well, only for a spin with Esteban Ocon, which handed Hamilton the race win.
The Dutchman will definitely want to end his season on a high and still has a chance of catching third-placed Charles Leclerc in the Driver Standings, so at 5/2 he looks a good shout to win Sunday’s race.
Albon the darkhorse in the field
Alexander Albon has certainly enjoyed his first season in Formula One, and following an impressive start with Toro Rosso, he made the mid-season switch to the senior Red Bull team and he hasn’t looked back since.
The 23-year-old has not been outside the top six since making the move ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, and if any of the top drivers have an off day or suffer some mechanical gremlins then you can rely on Albon to be there or thereabouts.
He is capable of producing a strong finish to the season and he is 8/1 to make the podium for the first time in what is set to be a promising career.