Venue: Sochi Autodrom
Mercedes have dominated in Russia since Formula One arrived at the Sochi Autodrom in 2014 and are expected to continue that trend this weekend.
Lewis Hamilton won the opening two renewals of this race, before team-mates Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas took the chequered flag first in the past couple of years.
On current form, it is hard to look past Hamilton at Evens as the headline pick in our Russian Grand Prix betting tips.
The Briton has tightened his grip on a fifth world championship by winning four of the last five races in Germany, Hungary, Monza and Singapore.
He has moved 40 points clear of nearest rival Sebastian Vettel with just six rounds remaining and it is surely now a case of when, rather than if, he will wrap up another title.
The 33-year-old said: “We are not being cocky, or overly-confident. We are being diligent and working as hard as we can.
“In my mind, I need to win every race. I want to win every race. That is the goal.
“Who knows what will happen, but I can assure you we will arrive at the next six races with all guns locked and loaded.”
Hamilton was mysteriously off-colour in Sochi last year, when finishing only a distant fourth.
But that contest was much earlier in the season and it will be even more surprising if he is not firing on all cylinders this time.
How the Singapore Grand Prix finished:
1 Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 Verstappen (Red Bull), 3 Vettel (Ferrari), 4 Bottas (Mercedes), 5 Raikkonen (Ferrari), 6 Ricciardo (Red Bull), 7 Alonso (McLaren), 8 Sainz (Renault), 9 Leclerc (Sauber), 10 Hulkenberg (Renault), 11 Ericsson (Sauber), 12 Vandoorne (McLaren), 13 Gasly (Toro Rosso), 14 Stroll (Williams), 15 Grosjean (Haas), 16 Perez (Force India), 17 Hartley (Toro Rosso), 18 Magnussen (Haas), 19 Sirotkin (Williams), DNF Ocon (Force India)
Bottas has taken a back seat of late, registering form figures of 5-4-3-4 since following Hamilton home in a Mercedes one-two at the German Grand Prix.
However, he will have fond memories of claiming a maiden F1 win at this venue last season, before also prevailing in Austria and Abu Dhabi.
The flying Finn insists he is still hugely ambitious and told CNN: “I wouldn’t change my position to anywhere else now.
“I’m happy where I am because Lewis being Lewis, quick driver, he keeps me very motivated. I want to be ahead of him, but you can always learn from another driver.
“The goal was to be a world champion and it still is. So I’m still chasing my dreams, trying to reach the goal I said to myself and pretty much all the people around when I was six.
“I’m still realistically on that path, there’s still a possibility for that in the future. I think I’ve done quite well so far – but of course, I want to win my goal.”
For those wanting a bit more value, 6/1 for a finishing order of Hamilton-Bottas-Vettel is rated fair value.
Past Russian Grand Prix results:
2017 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen
2016 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen
2015 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel, Sergio Perez
2014 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Nico Rosberg, Valtteri Bottas
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