Can Kimi Raikkonen go one better in Japan?
Sebastian Vettel’s fourth grand prix victory on the bounce means he’s again the hot favourite to triumph in Japan.
But whilst only a fool would bet against the dominant German, the odds are understandably short and there are some other tastier bets to be had.
Here are the Japanese Grand Prix odds from reverse order according to easyodds.com.
*Odds are subject to change and are correct at the time of writing.
The majority of bookies have Perez at 250/1 to pull off a major shock in Japan with skyBet stretching to 300/1.
Last time out: A flat-spotted tire in Korea led to a puncture that compromised his race although he still recovered to finish tenth.
Button is 150/1 pretty much across the board with all the bookies. This is a fair reflection on the Brit not having made the podium all season.
Last time out: Button hailed the pace of his McLaren on the prime tyre in Korea and finished eighth despite suffering a damaged front-wing endplate.
The sun is setting on Felipe Massa’s season and maybe even his F1 career. It must be extremely tough for the popular Brazilian to remain motivated. For those reasons he is 100/1 across the board for a very unlikely race win.
Last time out: Massa’s Korean Grand Prix was compromised from the outset after he spun trying to avoid hitting a Mercedes on the opening lap. He eventually finished ninth.
After the Frenchman’s strong showing in Korea, bookies are somewhat divided on this one. William Hill seems a really good punt at 20/1 with the others fluctuating between 14/1 and 18/1. Bet365 also offer odds of 18/1 for a fastest lap and 3/1 for another podium.
Last time out: Grosjean looked set to finish second behind Sebastian Vettel but for a late safety-car period and a mistake that allowed teammate Kimi Raikkonen through. An outside punt at 20/1 seems well worthwhile.
Most of the bookies have priced Rosberg at 16/1 to triumph in Japan and it doesn’t seem such a bad price considering how close he was to a podium finish in Korea.
Last time out: Rosberg looked on course for a top-three finish until an alarming incident saw his front wing break after he had overtaken Lewis Hamilton. He returned to the pits and recovered to finish seventh.
The Webber fans were out in force in Korea
The popular Aussie has only five races remaining before his F1 career draws to a close. It would be great to see him win once more.
The bookies see it as unlikely in Japan with most agreeing on a 14/1 price, but given the obvious pace of the Red Bull, it could be worth a punt although it’s more likely to happen towards the end of the season as a parting gift from his teammate with the title already in the bag.
A better bet could be a podium, with bet365 offering 11/8, William Hill 6/4 and betway 27/20.
Last time out: Webber’s race ended when Adrian Sutil drove into him after the restart when he was running in the pack due to an earlier puncture.
Bet365 offer the best odds on a Raikkonen victory following his second place finish in Korea with a tempting 10/1 price. Should anything happen to Vettel, he seems the most likely to benefit with a race win. The same bookies have him at 14/1 for the fastest lap and 6/4 for another podium.
Last time out: Raikkonen looked to have settled for third until the late safety car and a mistake from teammate Grosjean offered him the opportunity to pass of which he needed no second invitation.
Alonso’s disappointing showing in Korea has not put the bookies off, making him third favourite for victory in Japan with most offering odds of 7/1.
Given Vettel’s recent form, a podium seems the best bet with betway offering the best price at 17/20.
Last time out: Ferrari was off the pace all weekend and could not come to terms with tyre degradation problems on the long runs. Sixth was the best the Spaniard could muster.
Will Hamilton win again this year?
Despite the Mercedes man’s recent slim pickings, the bookies still have Hamilton at second favourite to get back to winning ways in Japan. Hamilton loves the Suzuka circuit and most have him at 7/1 to notch up victory should Vettel fail to win yet again.
Pole position may be a better option with PADDYPOWER offering up 3/1 or fastest lap at 13/2 with bet365.
Last time out: A problem with his front-right tyre during his second stint hampered Hamilton in Korea and he ended up finishing fifth.
No surprises here then as the bookies are unanimous in their opinion that Vettel is likely to make it five race wins on the bounce. BETFRED have him best priced at 8/13, exactly the same price offered by skyBET and PADDYPOWER for him to take pole position.
Last time out: Another imperious drive saw Vettel notch his fourth win on the bounce in Korea. Can anyone stop him?