For once it wasn’t Sebastian Vettel holding the limelight in Saturday’s qualifying session, but teammate Mark Webber who posted the fastest lap to claim pole position.
And yet again, nobody seems to be able to be anywhere near the race pace of the Red Bulls and they’ll be hoping that’s the case during the race on Sunday.
Red Bull Chances
The clock keeps ticking on Webber’s chance to get that illusive victory before his Formula One career comes to an end at the end of this month.
The Australian racer looked in with a chance of a podium finish at the very least last time out in India until an alternator issue put an end to his race on lap 39.
But an excellent hot lap on Saturday evening sets him up with an excellent chance of claiming his first win of the season as he’ll the field away on Sunday afternoon. William Hill provide the best price of 5/2 on Webber securing the race win.
Sebastian Vettel won’t be feeling to generous towards his teammate though as he still has a chance of matching Michael Schumacher’s record of 13 race wins in a season but to do that he’ll need to win all three of the last races.
He was fastest in the second and third practice sessions and is favourite to take the race victory on Sunday, which would incredibly be his seventh in a row. Totesport provide the best price of that happening at 4/6.
Again, barring the retirements of both Red Bulls, I can’t see anyone else challenging for race victory so for the rest of the field, it’s about getting a driver on the podium.
Lewis Hamilton has shown good pace during the three practice sessions, finishing in the top three in all three. He’ll begin the race from fourth on the grid on Sunday, looking to claim his first top-three finish since the Belgian Grand Prix back in August.
Sportingbet provide the best odds of 13/8 on Hamilton finishing on the podium.
His Mercedes counterpart Nico Rosberg begins the race in third and will be looking to back up his second place finish in India with another good result this weekend.
Boylesports also provide odds of 13/8 on Rosberg finishing in the top three.
Romain Grosjean performed an incredible comeback in India last week, coming from 17th on the grid to rescue a third consecutive third place finish.
Sportingbet provide the best odds on the Lotus driver finishing on the podium again at 21/10.
My Bet of the Day is on Kimi Raikkonen securing a podium finish but he’ll have to work hard for it from the back of the grid.
The Finn’s Lotus failed a front floor deflection test meaning he has been relegated to 22nd place. He looked on course to finish third in India but his tyres dropped off the cliff and ended up having to make a late pit stop and eventually finished seventh.
Betfred provide the best odds on him fighting his way through the field into the top three at 16/1.
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