Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Don't be too quick to back Vettel as champ

Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel during the 2013 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester

Sebastian Vettel saw his lead for the Grand Prix drivers' title cut by 21 points after extraordinary scenes at Silverstone but remains a hot 4/9 favourite to emerge the overall winner come next November.

However, leaders coming out of the Siverstone race, don't always emerge as champions – only three of the last six have done so.

Fernando Alonso was in front this time last season, 29 points ahead of Vettel only to lose out by three points.

Bookmakers had a dream result last weekend as all the market leaders failed, especially Vettel who was 1/6 with 11 laps to go only to suffer from gearbox trouble while seven drivers on Pirelli tyres were left with nothing but the smell of flying burnt rubber, leaving Nico Rosberg to beat Mark Webber .

Fourth-placed Lewis Hamilton was the 7/2 second favourite and his failure saved Paddy Power from a massive return of losing bets if he had won. It's 4/1 for a British success at Silverstone next year.

Rosberg, a 66/1 chance to take the crown, has had his odds cut in half while Hamilton is 20/1 from 25s.

But the next solid bet is Vettel (9/4) to make a quick comeback and solidify his place at the top by standing on the top podium in front of his home crowd at the Nurburgsring on Sunday.

Alonso is 7/2, Hamilton 5/1 and Rosberg 8/1.