Bookmakers are offering free bets to new customers on the Formula One Drivers Championship after Sunday’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
The majority of the near 70,000 crowd arrived confident that the new German ‘wunderkid’ of Formula One would provide victory for the home support.
But once again, Red Bull’s favoured driver Sebastian Vettel left his chances at the first corner to leave German fans trooping home in disappointment as he took third place on the podium.
23-year-old Vettel has shown he is fast, having lined up in pole position for the last three Grand Prix, but his failure to capitalise on his advantage is beginning to gain him a reputation for succumbing to pressure.
In a month when the Red Bull car has shown it to be the superior machine in Formula One, he has accumulated 46 points in his championship bid.
Compare this to the 48 points won by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton whose team have been unable to adapt to the new technology deployed by Red Bull and Ferrari in recent races.
Demands on the drivers are high and the youngster needs to find a winning formula quickly to avoid slipping into the Formula One wilderness.
Bookmakers still carry some faith in Vettel’s ability; he is second favourite behind Lewis Hamilton in the driver’s championship betting. Ladbrokes offer Vettel at odds of 5/2 while Bet365 go 9/4 Hamilton.
Ferrari took the honours on Sunday in typically controversial manner when Fernando Alonso led team mate Felipe Massa over the line to finish first and second.
The boost to Alonso’s championship hopes cost Ferrari a £65,000 fine for illegally instructing Massa to make way for his team mate who couldn’t find a legitimate way to the front in 48 laps.
The Ferrari car has made massive improvements in the last two Grand Prix and the team’s actions suggest they are willing to throw everything behind Alonso’s championship challenge.
Bookmakers are taking note and his odds are shortening quickly, Paddy Power have him priced at 10/3 while he is as low as 9/4 in some places.