Hamilton favourite for F1 title

  • Last Updated: March 30 2014, 13:26 BST

Lewis Hamilton is favourite for the F1 Drivers' Championship after winning the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton: Favourite for the drivers' title
Lewis Hamilton: Favourite for the drivers' title

Mercedes dominated testing over the winter and have taken that form into the 2014 season, with Hamilton following team-mate Nico Rosberg into the winners' enclosure.

In truth, the British driver never looked in any danger at Sepang and he's very strong at the head of the betting for the drivers' title at 5/4 generally, having been 2/1 prior to the weekend. Rosberg has been eased to 11/4 but remains a solid second-favourite.

"The Mercedes cars are so far ahead of the pack at the moment, it seems as though even at this early stage of the season, everyone is already playing catch up," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

However, while the message from William Hill is that Mercedes may be impossible to catch, Sebastian Vettel's third-place finish has seen him cut to 7/2 for a fifth world title in a row.

Daniel Ricciardo's retirement in Malaysia meant Red Bull lost more ground in the race for the contructors' title and they're 4/1 now, with Mercedes again dominating the betting at 3/10 with Ladbrokes and Boylesports.

Next on the calendar is the Bahrain Grand Prix next Sunday and Hamilton has been installed as a general 5/4 favourite from Rosberg, who can be backed at 5/2 with William Hill, with Vettel an 8/1 chance.

  • Posted at 1320 GMT on 30/03/2014.