Ranking the Top 10 Possible Race Winners at the Brazilian GP According to Odds
Such is the dominance of Sebastian Vettel at present. The bookmakers have him down as almost a surefire bet to equal Alberto Ascari’s long-standing record of nine-straight race victories.
After that, however, it gets extremely interesting, and there are some good bets on offer if you’re someone who likes a flutter. Mark Webber is determined to finish the season on a high, Lewis Hamilton looks like he’s coming back into some sort of form and Romain Grosjean is chasing an elusive first win in F1.
Here then are the top 10 possible race winners in Brazil according to their odds as well as some interesting side bets including podium finishers, top-six placements and fastest laps.
*Odds supplied by easyodds at the time of writing and are subject to change.
10. Sergio Perez
Despite the disappointment of having been dropped by McLaren for the 2014 season, Sergio Perez still has everything to play for as his very F1 future is on the line.
There are still some competitive race seats up for grabs, and he looks like a man on a mission after his third-successive points finish in Austin.
Although he won’t win the race, you can get 399-1 on that. The best bet to be had on Checo is for a top-six finish with Sky Bet offering 7-2.
9. Nico Hulkenberg
Lotus target Nico Hulkenberg also has little chance of the race victory as he is a 300-1 long shot with both Bet 365 and Coral, but he is a driver on form with two sixth-place finishes in his last four Grands Prix.
The obvious bet for Hulkenberg then is for this to happen again in Brazil, and you can get a tempting 6-5 on this happening with Bet 365.
8. Felipe Massa
With his F1 future now secure at Williams, the pressure should be off Massa a bit, and he can go out and enjoy himself in front of his home fans in his last outing for Ferrari.
He’s unlikely to make it a fairytale ending and is 200-1 to do this with Coral. But he did finish fourth in India, so once again the best bet for Felipe is for a top-six finish, and you can get 7-4 with both Bet 365 and Sky Bet.
7. Heikki Kovalainen
Strange that a man who has only driven one race for Lotus should be so high up the list for possible race winners, and this probably says more about the potential of the Lotus car.
Kovalainen struggled to get comfortable in his new cockpit in America and finished well down the field as his teammate took second place.
You can get 125-1 on him winning in Brazil, and even a top-six finish at 5-2 looks to have little value here.
6. Fernando Alonso
With second place in the drivers’ standings now sewn up, Alonso may already have his mind on the 2014 season. He has struggled to extract pace from his Ferrari over recent races but has been consistent, finishing fifth in Abu Dhabi and the USA.
You can get 28-1 on him winning in Brazil if you’re feeling very brave, but the obvious bet is for a third top-six finish on the bounce. There's little return from 1-3 odds though, and there are better driver bets out there.
5. Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg has enjoyed a late run of form with successive podium finishes in India and Abu Dhabi.
Although Lewis Hamilton outdrove him in the USA, Rosberg is still a good outside bet for another podium. This is the best bet for the German with Bet 365 offering 11-4.
Rosberg did win in Monaco, but the circuit is an exception to the rule, and odds of 28-1 for him to do it again reflect that.
4. Lewis Hamilton
Although Hamilton’s last podium finish came way back in Belgium, there are signs he is getting back to some kind of form after his fourth-place finish in Austin.
Coral are offering odds of 22-1 for Hamilton to take a second race win this season, but a top-six finish is a better option with Bet 365 offering 4-11.
Will Hamilton rediscover his qualifying pace over a single lap? If you think he can, then perhaps gamble on a front-row grid slot at 5-4.
3. Romain Grosjean
Sebastian Vettel aside, Frenchman Romain Grosjean is the form driver of the moment. He has been on the podium in four out of the last five races, and you can get even money for him to do that again.
Vettel’s winning streak must come to an end at some point and should he suffer a contact or technical fault in Brazil, then Grosjean looks the best-placed driver to benefit.
Most bookies have him 12-1 to win his first Grand Prix in Brazil, and that doesn’t actually look like such a bad bet.
2. Mark Webber
For one of the true nice guys on the grid, the Brazilian Grand Prix marks his final race in Formula One.
It’s not been a vintage season by Webber’s own high standards, and he has been put in the shade by his outstanding teammate. But if you do fancy a sentimental flutter on a fairytale ending for the likable Aussie, you can get 9-2 with both Sky Bet and Coral on him winning in Brazil.
1. Sebastian Vettel
The incredible Sebastian Vettel goes in search of a ninth-successive race victory in Brazil.
That landmark has only been achieved once before by the legendary Alberto Ascari, but never before in a single season. The bookies certainly think he will rewrite the record books, with Sky Bet offering the best odds at 4-11.
But why not gamble on a perfect weekend for the German maestro for him to do all three. That’s pole position, fastest lap and the race win.
Paddy Power are offering odds of 5-4 for him to pull this off. But he’s that good, right?
Enjoy the race and good luck!