Hamilton odds-on for title

  • Last Updated: July 27 2014, 16:24 BST

Lewis Hamilton is back as favourite for the F1 Drivers' Championship after a thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton: Back as outright favourite for the drivers' title
Lewis Hamilton: Back as outright favourite for the drivers' title

The Briton endured another miserable Saturday as his Mercedes caught fire in qualifying, which meant he was forced to start Sunday's race from the pit lane.

However, he was able to cut through the pack and get into a podium position before holding off a late charge from team-mate Nico Rosberg, who had started on pole but ultimately had to settle for fourth, one place behind Hamilton.

The result saw Rosberg's lead cut to 11 points and he's out to 11/10 with Ladbrokes to win a first Drivers' Championship 32 years after his father Keke won his sole title.

Hamilton, who won the title in 2008 with McLaren, is now odds-on across the board with Sky Bet and bet365 offering a best of 10/11.

"We are set for a really exciting finale to the Formula One season as there is still very little to separate Hamilton and Rosberg at the top end of the betting for the Drivers' Championship," said Coral's John Hill.

"Despite having an 11-point deficit, punters continue to pile into the Brit who they believe will win his second world title this year."

Strained relations between the to Mercedes drivers were again exposed as Hamilton refused to let his rival pass midway through the race, despite orders to the contrary from his team, and William Hill bet 5/1 that they're involved in a collision at some stage this year that leads to a retirement for either one of them.

Daniel Ricciardo took the chequered flag for Red Bull and they're now 1/4 with William Hill to chase home Mercedes in the Contructors' Championship, with Williams eased to 3/1 and Ferrari quoted at 14s.

  • Posted at 1625 BST on 27/07/2013.