Vettel goes into his home Grand Prix trailing Fernando Alonso by 29 points, while team-mate Mark Webber is sixteen points clear as we approach the halfway stage of a campaign which has seen multiple GP winners.
Vettel is the 9/4 favourite (William Hill free £25 bet) to take the chequered flag despite the fact that the man once dubbed “Baby Schumi” has won just one Grand Prix this season. That was in Bahrain and there was then four consecutive races without a podium finish before claiming third at Silverstone.
Alonso is going great guns at the moment and split the two Red Bull drivers in the British GP to ensure he has clear water at the top of the Drivers Championship, with the Spaniard proving to be super consistent at the moment and he has enjoyed a top-three finish in four of his last five races.
Odds of 5/1 (Bet365) seem pretty generous from an each-way point-of-view considering that the Ferrari team seem to have things spot on with the car at long last, even if Felipe Massa is much further down the pecking order.
Mark Webber was the winner at Silverstone and the Aussie is certainly not playing second fiddle to Vettel this year, with the two drivers having cars that achieve a similar performance and it’s a surprise to see Webber priced at 15/2 considering how short the other Red Bull driver is.
As for Lewis Hamilton, he needs to start winning more races if he’s to overhaul the three men at the top of the standings, with things going pear-shaped since that win in Montreal and 8th place at Silverstone will have been bitterly disappointing.
Even so, Jenson Button and Hamilton were quickest in their McLarens during a rain-hit Friday practice session and perhaps it is time for the Brits to shine, with Button a surprisingly big 14/1 (Paddy Power) considering he was achieving some impressive times ahead of the big race.
Michael Schumacher will clearly be well-supported at Hockenheim and the Mercedes driver is starting to look ominous after a 3rd place in the European Grand Prix and then 7th at Silverstone, having retired in 5 of his first 7 races.
Kimi Raikkonen is the other driver worth respecting in this race considering the Finn also knows what’s required to claim a world title and the Lotus-Renault driver is a 12/1 chance.