Sebastian Vettel will secure his fourth consecutive Formula One Drivers World Championship if he finishes fifth or above in Sunday morning’s Indian Grand Prix.
And the German is in a great position to do just that when he lines up on pole position, after securing his fourth first place in qualifying in five races.
Vettel’s Championship Charge
It would take a brave man to bet against Vettel this weekend, after all, the Red Bull driver has swept to victory in all five of the last races, a run stretching back to the Belgian GP.
And with the incentive of a guaranteed world title if he finishes in the top five, then there’s no reason why he shouldn’t go onto claim a sixth win in a row.
However, he’s likely to make an early pit stop after setting his hot lap on soft tyres, whilst many of his rivals are on the longer-lasting medium tyres and will be able to stay out for longer.
But Vettel remains favourite for another win in India, after taking the race victory in the past two seasons, with Paddy Power, amongst others, providing the best odds at 4/11.
Webber’s Victory Chances
Teammate Mark Webber was second in all three practice sessions as Red Bull dominated but was unable to bring that pace into qualifying and lines up fourth on the grid.
He’s still on the search for a final win in his swansong season but time is running out and this weekend’s race is just one of four chances remaining for the Australian.
He’s second favourite with the bookies thanks to the excellent pace of his car, and Paddy Power provide the best odds on him winning at 3/1.
With bookies offering odds as long as 33/1 on Nico Rosberg or Lewis Hamilton, it’s unlikely that either of the Mercedes drivers will have the pace to compete with the Red Bulls.
In terms of a third place or higher finish, Ladbrokes, amongst others, offer the best odds of 13/8 on Hamilton doing that from third on the grid.
Mercedes colleague Rosberg starts second on the grid and Stan James provide the best odds of 9/4 on him finishing within the top three.
Fernando Alonso had another qualifying session to forget and will start Sunday’s race right back in eighth position. He’s third favourite with the bookies, behind the Red Bulls, to finish on the podium, with Betfred pricing him at 6/4.
Kimi Raikkonen looks to be the only other driver who looks capable of securing a spot on the Indian podium. He’ll start from sixth on the grid on Sunday and Bet Victor are one of a number of outlets offering odds of 15/8 on him finishing in the top three.
The race is live from 8:30pm on either BBC One or Sky Sports F1.
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