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At the halfway stage of the season, Fernando Alonso held a commanding lead over his title rivals, although retirements in Belgium and Japan mean that the Spaniard is no longer favourite to claim the 2012 Drivers Championship

Paddy Power go as big as 15/8 about the Spaniard who is now just four points ahead of Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bull driver looks likely to storm into the lead after the Korean Grand Prix. The German is bidding for his third consecutive win, having previously triumphed in Singapore and Japan.

Vettel started the season with just two podium places in his first eight races, although the 25-year-old knows what is required to claim a title, having won in the past two seasons. He can be backed at 11/8 (Blue Square free bets) to take the chequered flag in Yeongam.

The Drivers’ Championship does seem like a two horse race with four Grand Prix remaining, although Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton know that victory in Korea will close the gap on the top two and throw things open.

The Finn was enjoying a purple patch after consecutive podium appearances in Germany, Hungary and Belgium, although he has subsequently gone off the boil and the Lotus-Renault driver can be backed at 25/1 (BetVictor) to amazingly secure his first win of the campaign.

Hamilton is a much shorter 4/1 and is better equipped in his McLaren-Mercedes although can the Brit keep a cool head when required in the warm climate of Korea? Retirements continue to punctuate the good performances although three victories demonstrate what he’s all about.

Alonso will be hungry to show that all is not lost in the title race and he probably didn’t mean it when claiming he wasn’t title favourite at the halfway mark although his prophesy is threatening to come back and haunt him!

Mark Webber will be hoping to avoid any first lap collisions as he bids to close on his Red Bull team-mate and can be backed at 11/1 while Jenson Button is the other driver capable of a big race and is a 15/2 chance to upset team-mate Hamilton with a win.

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