Vettel odds-on for another title

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: March 24 2013, 15:21 GMT

It has taken just two races for Sebastian Vettel to go odds-on for the Formula One world title.

Vettel (r): Saw off team-mate Webber in controversial circumstances
Vettel (r): Saw off team-mate Webber in controversial circumstances

Vettel won Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix to open a nine-point lead in the overall standings.

The layers duly got rid of all the odds-against quotes about the German, who has won the last three world championships in his Red Bull car.

Most firms now make him odds-on for a fourth straight crown, although Blue Square are prepared to lay even money.

Kimi Raikkonen, winner of the opening race of the season in Australia, is second in the title race but only third in the betting.

He finished seventh at Sepang and can now be backed at 13/2 with Coral, bet365 and sportingbet for the title.

Fernando Alonso is ahead of him in the market but he has drifted to a general 10/3 after failing to finish in Malaysia.

Briton Lewis Hamilton was widely cut in the title betting after his first podium finish for Mercedes - he was third and now sits fourth in the standings. sportingbet offer the best price of 15/1.

Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber was also trimmed after finishing second at Sepang. He's a general 20/1 shot after moving third in the title race, 14 points behind Vettel.

The two Red Bulls had a ding-dong battle in Sunday's race with Vettel eventually overtaking Webber during a clash with saw team principal Christian Horner come onto race radio to say: "This is silly Seb, come on."

Vettel later apologised for his actions.

The incident cost William Hill, who, like most bookies, would have been happy with a Webber win.

Their Joe Crilly said: "It was a little bit naughty what Seb did and we have gone from a winning position with Webber winning, to a losing one."

Alex Donohue, of Ladbrokes, said the move had cost his firm more than £50,000.

"We're just as annoyed as the Red Bull management that Vettel disobeyed orders," he said. "In what was an exciting race it's safe to say Vettel and his backers had the last laugh."

As a result of the incident, Coral offer 7/2 that Webber leaves Red Bull during the current season.

There was also friction in the Mercedes camp with Nico Rosberg claiming he should have been allowed to overtake team-mate Lewis Hamilton. However, he was warned off doing so.

Hill's make Hamilton 1/4 to beat Rosberg (11/4) in a season match bet.

Hamilton was embarrassed to enter the wrong pit during the race - he stopped at the garage of his old team McLaren. Ladbrokes make him 14/1 to repeat his wrong pit error again this season.

McLaren failed to make the podium again.

They are 7/2 not to claim a podium position this year and 4/6 not to win a race.

Meanwhile, in the constructors' title race, Red Bull are no better than Sky Bet's 8/11 with Ferrari second favourites at 3/1 (Ladbrokes).