Can anyone catch F1 champion Lewis Hamilton? No, says David Coulthard

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Lewis Hamilton has made an impressive start to the defence of his Formula 1 crown.

The Mercedes driver won his second title in 2014 and leads this year’s drivers’ championship from team-mate Nico Rosberg by 27 points.

The 30-year-old Brit, who won his first title in 2008, has won three out of four races this season and was second to Sebastian Vettel in Malaysia in March.

Former F1 driver David Coulthard believes Hamilton’s mindset has helped him become an even more formidable driver.

“He is a happy, relaxed racing driver,” Coulthard wrote in his BBC Sport blog.

“There is a different aura about Hamilton this year. He seems more aware and connected than before.”

Can anyone catch Hamilton?

In short, not really. The title appears to be Hamilton’s to lose but If this season’s results are anything to go by, Ferrari’s Vettel will be the main challenger other than Rosberg.

Coulthard wrote: ” Ferrari’s hopes of beating Hamilton and Mercedes to the championship lie in their rate of development.

“They have definitely finessed their package over the winter and are coming from much further back than Mercedes after a poor 2014.”

So where is the value? Hamilton is already as short as 1/6 to win the title with Sky Bet, so it’s worth looking at the market without Hamilton. Rosberg is currently 1.4 (about 2/5) with Betfair but Vettel at 2.58 (8/5) looks better value.

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