Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Rivals must catch up with dominant Red Bull in 2014

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany waves to the crowd
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany waves to the crowd

Sebastian Vettel will enter the pantheon of all-time F1 greats if winning the last Grand Prix event of the season in Brazil on Sunday.

The fact that the German is 1/3 reflects the confidence behind him making it nine F1 wins on the bounce in a calendar year, something that has not been done for 60 years when achieved by Alberto Ascari.

He's also on the trail of equalling Michael Schumacher's record of 13 victories. World champion for four successive seasons, he's head and shoulders above his rivals in his Red Bull car that it's tantamount to becoming boring.

But he's no different to other sporting superstars who dominated their particular sports, such as Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer etc.

Yes, the F1 machinery has a big part to play and while there'll be some rule changes in 2014, Ferrari, McLaren and the rest have a lot of catching up to do to halt Red Bull's dominance.

Those who took 33/1 about Vettel (pictured) remaining unbeaten until the end of the season after the second of his eight victories, should be laughing all the way to the bank come Monday morning.

Vettel's team-mate Mark Webber is 4/1 for a Sunday victory and he'll finish third in the title race if he takes seven points more than Lewis Hamilton.

2014 Drivers' Championship: Evens Vettel (Red Bull); 4/1 L Hamilton (Mercedes); 11/2 F Alonso (Ferrari); 10/1 K Raikkonen (Ferrari); 22/1 N Rosberg (Mercedes); 25/1 J Button (McLaren); D Ricciardo (Red Bull); 40/1 K Magnussen (McLaren); 50/1 bar.

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