It is six years since the Spaniard claimed his second Drivers Championship which followed hard on the heels of that maiden 2005 success, although the Ferrari driver is now odds-on to claim a hat-trick of titles, with a best price of 5/6 (Paddy Power free bets) available about Alonso.
Nevertheless, we are only at the halfway stage and the Red Bull drivers can clearly bridge a far from insurmountable gap despite disappointing performances at Hockenheim which saw them finish fifth and eighth respectively.
Sebastian Vettel is actually favourite to win at the Hungaroring circuit at odds of 3/1 (Sky Bet free £10 no deposit) despite claiming just one victory all season which is a far cry from twelve months ago when the German made things pretty mundane by dominating the season.
Furthermore, the 25-year-old has only been on the podium once in the past six races and Alonso does seem a much better prospect at odds of 7/2 (Blue Square bookmaker) after finishing positions of 1-2-1 in the past three races.
The Ferrari constructors clearly have the two-time champion’s car in great nick, with Kimi Raikkonen potentially the driver who could trouble his rival the most based on previous results, with the Finn continuing his good season by landing third place in the German GP.
The Lotus-Renault driver is fourth in the overall standings and seems an excellent each-way prospect at 14/1 (BetVictor) considering the bookies are paying three places.
As for the other Red Bull driver, Webber looked impressive when taking the chequered flag at Silverstone, although 8th place at Hockenheim leaves him 34 points behind Alonso and at least three victories are probably required to overhaul the lead. Odds of 12/1 (Sportingbet) are available about the Australian this weekend and it’s hard to ignore the discrepancy between that price and Vettel’s based on Webber’s superior performance.
As for Lewis Hamilton, he appears to be another driver whose priced is based on reputation rather than form and William Hill’s 5/1 doesn’t make much sense when you can get twice the odds on his team-mate Jenson Button who was a phoenix from the ashes to claim second place in Germany.
The last four races have been won by this ‘top five’ and it appears that the early days of a different driver winning the race are now gone, although the best bet of the weekend could be Alonso nabbing pole for the third consecutive occasion at 5/1, with Vettel inexplicably favourite.