What a difference a race makes in Formula One.
The outcome from the Japanese Grand Prix might have been par for the course at this stage of the season, with Sebastian Vettel claiming yet another win on his relentless march to a fourth world title.
But it was a very different race to those that preceded it, because we had a genuine fight for the win.
Romain Grosjean, long admired by B/R but long feared he would never realise his potential, showed his maturity by mounting a superb challenge for victory at Suzuka but ultimately came up short.
Similarly, Red Bull’s outgoing Australian, Mark Webber, stepped up his game considerably compared to previous performances, and he too was in the mix for the win.
That means after a few races of stability, the bookmakers* have been riled. Who is favourite for the win in India? It does not take a psychic to guess. But behind, it’s all change…
*All prices correct when sourced, and compiled via easyodds.com.
Hulkenberg is now more likely to win than a McLaren
Recognition for Nico Hulkenberg!
The German has been exceptional in recent races and now is considered a more likely winner than one of the McLarens!
He goes as low as 250/1 (matching Button in some markets) but can found at best price of 400/1 with bet365 or Sky Bet, which still puts him on a par at least with Sergio Perez.
However, we reckon he'd much prefer to be rewarded for his efforts with a better drive for 2014.
Button continues to maximise the performance of his McLaren
Jenson Button is getting the most out of his McLaren, but its uncompetitiveness continues.
The search for a podium continues, let alone a win, and Button's never really excelled in India.
As a result, he’s a big outsider at as high as 250/1 on William Hill.
Massa qualified well at Suzuka but is still lagging in races
Felipe Massa is determined to end his Ferrari career on a high.
He has been impressive in qualifying in recent races but is still underperforming when it matters.
Massa held his own for a while against Fernando Alonso at Suzuka, but his continued profligacy in race trim, plus the Ferrari's poor performance, means he is as high as 150/1 with Coral.
Rosberg's not likely to make it three wins in India
Nico Rosberg is driving arguably the second-fastest car on the grid, but he is considered only the seventh-likeliest driver to win in India.
According to bet365 and Coral, the two-time winner this season is as high as 40/1, which is a mark of how the German's performances have slipped in recent races.
Alonso will need help to win in India
Current runner-up in the points Fernando Alonso is considered a long shot, perhaps a surprise given his relentless consistency this season.
However, it's a marker of how far Ferrari has slipped from the front-running pace.
The Spaniard is as low as 12/1 in some bookmakers, but Sky Bet will sort you out at 20/1.
Raikkonen spent most of Suzuka battling slower cars
There’s nothing to split Kimi Raikkonen and Alonso as far as odds go, literally nothing.
They have an identical spread across the board, but the likelihood of a Lotus winning a race is greater than a Ferrari at present.
It would not be outrageous to think he could challenge for the win in India, especially given Lotus' recent form. Go 20/1 with Coral or Sky Bet.
Grosjean is becoming a genuine contender for wins
Well, well, well. It looks like some people have been impressed by this Frenchman.
Romain Grosjean fetches almost identical prices across the market as Raikkonen and Alonso, and is as low as a 12/1 favourite.
But Bet365 has him as 20/1 on, which is a very good offer given how close he came to the win at Suzuka.
Hamilton will be hoping to bounce back in India
Lewis Hamilton might well have won in Japan, we’ll never know.
But he had qualified well and was clearly looking racey as he pointed his car between the Red Bulls at the start.
His lack of recent race-challenging form means his price reflected favourably, and you can actually get a very good deal with 16/1 offers from Bet365 and Coral.
That’s high for a determined man driving the second-fastest car.
Webber was revitalised in Japan
Japan did wonders for Mark Webber (unless you were counting on him to be your outside shot of a big haul in India).
His strategy-compromised challenge for victory has boosted him to easily second favourite ahead of Hamilton.
So likely is Webber considered a winner now that his price is as high as 13/2 with 188Bet (jump on this) and Hamilton only goes as low as 8/1.
Vettel, as is expected, is the favourite
And there the change stops.
The dominance of Sebastian Vettel continues, but now...his numbers have risen.
That’s because of the fresh challenge he was faced with in Japan from teammate Webber and Lotus Grosjean.
Having said that, he’s only as high as 1/2 with StanJames, BetFred and Totesport.