Ranking the Top 10 Possible Race Winners at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
For those of you who have backed Sebastian Vettel to win over the previous few rounds: well done!
But the odds do tend to reflect the German’s utter dominance, and unless you put down a small fortune on the new four-time champion, you will not have gotten a huge return for your money.
Sometimes, it’s better to look at those scrapping it out for podium places, top-six finishes, fastest laps or even gamble on who may retire to get more bang for your buck.
*Odds are subject to change and are correct at the time of writing.
10. Sergio Perez
The Mexican’s impressive fifth place finish in India means he may well have saved his McLaren seat for next season, but the bookies still have him a long shot for victory with more than one offering 500-1.
A better bet would be to go for a repeat of India and a top-six finish with both bet365 and StanJames offering a tempting 5-1.
9. Jenson Button
Button’s chances of a decent result in India were scuppered by an opening-lap contact with Fernando Alonso, but even if he does steer clear of trouble in Abu Dhabi, victory is a real long shot with bet365 again offering 500-1.
As with Perez, a top-six is probably the better option with both bet365 and skyBET offering odds of 10-3.
8. Felipe Massa
The popular Felipe Massa will have been buoyed by his fourth place finish in India and will be looking for more of the same in Abu Dhabi as he looks to finish the season on a high.
Every bookie has him at 100-1 for the race win with the notable exception of bet365, who are offering 125-1.
If you think Massa could repeat his Indian performance, go for a top-six finish at 6-4 with bet365 and skyBET.
7. Nico Rosberg
Rosberg enjoyed a strong Indian Grand Prix with only race winner Sebastian Vettel finishing above him. He’s therefore a surprising 28-1 for victory with several bookies, and that could be tempting enough to lure some of you in.
Otherwise, a podium place looks the better bet with bet365 offering the best odds at 5-2.
6. Fernando Alonso
Alonso was the only man in with a chance of delaying Vettel’s title charge until Abu Dhabi, but he endured a nightmare of a race in India before eventually finishing just out of the points in 11th.
The bookies seem to think he’ll struggle again in Abu Dhabi with the Spaniard best priced at 25-1 with bet365 for the win.
5. Kimi Raikkonen
Raikkonen looked well-set for a podium finish before his tyres lost traction with only a couple of laps remaining. But the flying Finn has won this season, and you can get odds of 25-1 with bet365 and PADDYPOWER for him to do it again in Abu Dhabi.
A podium finish also looks like an incredibly tempting bet with William Hill offering a seemingly generous 2-1.
Raikkonen set the fastest lap on the final lap of the race in India, and if you think he can do that again, then bet365 and skyBET will give you odds of 18-1.
Some really good offers there for Raikkonen.
4. Lewis Hamilton
Although Hamilton couldn’t match the pace of his teammate in India, it would be foolish to write off a driver who has triumphed this season.
3. Romain Grosjean
2. Mark Webber
Webber has very much had to play second fiddle to his Red Bull teammate once again this season, but it looked as if his race strategy may give him a good chance in India until his late retirement.
1. Sebastian Vettel
The newly crowned four-time world champion will be full of confidence and free to enjoy himself with the weight of pressure off his back in Abu Dhabi.
As a result, the bookies have him down as a virtual shoe-in for victory. If you have money to burn, then PADDYPOWER is best priced at 1-5, but pole position seems a much safer option with William Hill, skyBET and PADDYPOWER offering odds of 1-3.
Other Tempting Bets
Giedo van der Garde was the first retirement on the opening lap in India and teammate Charles Pic followed him on Lap 35. You can get 7-1 for either Caterham to retire first in Abu Dhabi or Marussia, who is better placed at 9-1 with bet365.
The chances of a safety car are always high, and you can get better than evens on this happening with Titanbet, skyBET and StanJames offering 11-10 for this to happen.
Bleacher Report’s top tip: Double your money with a Kimi Raikkonen podium finish at 2-1.