Lewis Hamilton finally stayed on the track in Abu Dhabi to take victory in the penultimate Grand Prix of the season and the Brit hopes to finish the year in style.
Despite Sebastian Vettel having already secured the F1 World Championship Hamilton still has an outside chance of finishing third in the overall drivers’ world championship standings. The win in Abu Dhabi appeared to lift a big weight from his shoulders and he could be the one to watch at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. Hamilton can be backed at best odds of 7/2 (Victor Chandler – £75 free bets) to make it two wins in a row, which is a great price.
Having said that, the result last time out could have been different had Vettel not spun out on the first lap with a puncture. The German will be keen to finish an extremely impressive season on a high and is the clear bookies’ favourite to do just that at odds of evens (bet365 – £200 free betting).
Jenson Button is currently in second place in the championship, and at 28/5 (Sportingbet) also looks a contender to take the final race of the calendar, and we think he’s a solid bet to make the podium as he has in seven of the last eight races. Taking the odds of 4/6 (Ladbrokes) for a top three finish could be the bet to go for above all others.
The podiums have been dominated by the ‘big five’ for most of the season, that is Vettel, Hamilton and Button, along with Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso. Indeed you have to go way back to April to find another driver daring to share in the champagne shenanigans when Nick Heidfeld managed third in Malaysia. But Nico Rosberg looks a decent bet for a top six finish at 10/11 (888sport). He’s managed the feat in six races so far, including the last two, and should do enough in Brazil to give you a return on that bet.
Overall though, we think it will be a battle between Hamilton and Vettel for the chequered flag, with Button taking third.