Vettel odds-on again for F1 crown

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: May 26 2013, 17:09 BST

Sebastian Vettel is back at odds-on for another Formula One world title following a second-place finish in the Monaco Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg: Helped the bookies out
Nico Rosberg: Helped the bookies out

The Red Bull driver finished behind fellow German Nico Rosberg, who won from pole.

However, with Rosberg well down the standings, it was Vettel who extended his championship lead to 21 points and hardened as title favourite.

Vettel finished the weekend at a best of 10/11 with Ladbrokes and BetVictor to win the title for a fourth straight season.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was pushed out to 9/4 (Ladbrokes) after finishing only seventh. He is now 29 points behind in the standings.

Kimi Raikkonen, who sits between Vettel and Alonso in the seson-long race, was also lengthened after picking up just a single point in 10th place. He is now out at 7/1 (general) and it's 22/1 bar.

Rosberg can be backed at 40s after finally converting a Mercedes pole into race victory. He is 60 points off the pace.

A race-day gamble on Vettel by punters who didn't trust Mercedes' race pace was foiled, which left William Hill celebrating.

"The Mercedes cars once again performed well in qualifying, as they have done for a number of weeks now, but punters were once again predicting that they would fail to carry that speed into race day," said their Joe Crilly.

In the constructors' title race, Red Bull were trimmed to 4/6 (general) after extending their lead to 41 points over Ferrari, who are out to 9/4 with Ladbrokes.

After their win, Mercedes, 55 points back, are 14/1 shots with Lotus, 52 points in arrears, at 18s.

McLaren's woes continued and Hill's now make it 50-50 whether they win a race this season or not. They can be backed at 17/20 either way. It's 7/2 they fail to secure a podium finish at any 2013 race.

Vettel's team-mate Mark Webber was third to earn Betting Zone's Tom Millard each-way profits.

Millard tipped the Australian each-way at 12/1 and also correctly predicted a Mercedes front-row lockout on Saturday at 5/2.