Sebastian Vettel’s domination of Formula One continued on Saturday as he secured a third straight pole position on his Red Bull.
The German was also on pole in Italy and Singapore and will be in search of his fourth consecutive race victory on Sunday after also taking the win in the Belgian Grand Prix, prior to the two mentioned races.
Vettel was again booed on the podium after scooping the race victory in Singapore a fortnight ago with fans of the sport seeming to become more and more frustrated with the World Champion’s recent domination of the sport.
The run of victories means he now holds a daunting 60 point lead over his nearest rival, Fernando Alonso, who starts back in fifth position.
Vettel won this race last year, ahead of his team-mate Mark Webber and his pole position this weekend now means he’s got a really good chance of repeating that feat on Sunday.
As you’d expect, Vettel is favourite to take the 25 points again on Sunday and Paddy Power, amongst others, provide the best odds of 2/5.
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Lewis Hamilton lines up second alongside Vettel and is hopeful that he’ll be able to fight for his first victory since winning the Hungarian Grand Prix back in July.
The Mercedes driver has already ruled himself out of the championship race, already trailing the seemingly unflappable Vettel by almost 100 points.
He is the second favourite with most bookies for victory on Sunday, with Bet 365 providing the best odds of 4/1.
The forecast tomorrow is for a wet race which could help drivers further down the grid from springing an attack on the race victory.
A typhoon had originally been forecast to strike the track on Sunday afternoon, which might have seen a repeat of what happened in the inaugural race in 2010 which was suspended for 45 minutes as the conditions were so bad.
It doesn’t appear that conditions will be as poor as that but it could provide an opportunity for drivers such as Fernando Alonso to close in on Vettel.
The Ferrari driver is realistically the only man who has a chance of catching Vettel, but would need to start finishing in front of him in races.
Alonso has finished second in the last three races, each time behind Vettel, but can he gain a little ground in the driver’s championship by taking the win on Sunday? Sportingbet are offering odds of 11/1 of him coming through the front runners to take the race victory.
Mark Webber qualified third, but will start in 13th due to picking up a penalty in Singapore after hitching a ride back to the pits with Alonso, flouting the rules.
The Aussie only has six races left before he retires from formula One and will be hungry for as much silverware as possible before bowing out of the sport. Boylesports provide the best odds of 7/1 on him clinching a top three spot.
Webber’s penalty means that Romain Grosjean has been promoted up to third on the grid. Can the Lotus driver claim his first podium finish since his third place in Germany? William Hill provide the best odds on him doing just that at 7/4.
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