If the Formula 1 season had started on 12 June when Jenson Button won the Canadian Grand Prix, then we might well have had several drivers going for the championship, although Sebastian Vettel’s early dominance means that the German is still 77 points clear of his nearest rival.
Even so, the reigning champion will want to return to winning ways soon considering there are still nine Grand Prix remaining and last Sunday was the first time he hasn’t featured on the podium all season.
The Red Bull driver is 6/4 (bet365) to claim victory in Hungary, while his team-mate Mark Webber is 5/1 (Paddy Power – £100 free betting) to finally win his first race of the season, with the Australian having recorded six podium finishes but no gold star.
Webber is clearly intent on more than a supporting role to Vettel, although the improvement of McLaren and Ferrari means that wins are harder to record and Lewis Hamilton will be hoping that victory at the Nurburgring is the sign of things to come.
The 2008 champion is arguably the most talented driver in Formula 1 and all his driving ability came to the fore last Sunday, with Sportingbet offering odds of 9/2 that Hamilton lands his third victory of the season.
Fernando Alonso’s last three races have seen him finish second / first / second and the Spaniard will be pushing hard this weekend, with a best price of 3/1 (Ladbrokes) available and Button can be backed at 14/1 (bet365 – £200 free bets).