F1 Insider: United States Grand Prix betting preview, tips and analysis

Our F1 Insider returns to preview the US Grand Prix

Our F1 Insider is back and picks out a value each-way winner and fastest lap pick as Formula One heads to Austin for the US Grand Prix.

Recommended bets

2pts e.w. Valtteri Bottas to win the United States GP at 8/1

2pts Alexander Albon to set fastest race lap at 7/1

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Valtteri Bottas to win the United States GP at 8/1

Mercedes, already crowned constructors' champions for the sixth successive season, would like nothing better than to see their number two driver Valtteri Bottas take the win in Austin while their main man Lewis Hamilton clinches the drivers' championship.

Hamilton's sixth title will be formalised with a finish of eighth place or better, and while the Briton will be keen to leave no room for error, his mind will be on the bigger picture this weekend.

Hamilton put the 2017 and 2018 championships beyond doubt with ninth and fourth place finishes respectively, and a similarly safety-first approach could play into Bottas' hands here. A win would cement the Finn's runner-up spot in the drivers' standings and an each-way bet at 8/1 looks good value on that front.

Alexander Albon to set fastest race lap at 7/1

Alex Albon hasn't yet been let off the leash in pursuit of a fastest lap in the closing stages of a race, but his Red Bull team may choose to do so as the Thai driver chases down Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly for a spot in the top six of the drivers' championship.

After six consecutive top six finishes following his promotion from Toro Rosso, Albon is now only three points behind the man he swapped cars with, Gasly, and two behind McLaren man Sainz.

Momentum should see him sweep past both regardless, but in the likely scenario that as the chequered flag approaches he's well clear of the field but behind the other five Mercedes/Ferrari/Red Bull drivers, a pit stop for fresh tyres in pursuit of a bonus point could be considered. At 7/1 it's worth a bet.

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