Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg held off drivers’ championship-winning teammate Lewis Hamilton to top qualifying for the sixth Grand Prix in a row in Abu Dhabi, but with the German failing to convert four of those poles into wins, the betting terrain is treacherous.
It’s tough to split the Mercedes pair at the top of the market, with Rosberg the marginal favourite at 4/5, after taking the past two races, and Hamilton just behind him at 11/10, having won the three immediately prior.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, the only other Formula One driver to taste Grand Prix success this term, looks out of the picture at the Yas Marina Circuit at 50/1, having slipped down the grid to 16th place after his team failed to communicate orders properly in Q1.
That may clear the way further for Rosberg and Hamilton, but with little to choose between the pair over the past five rounds there may be better ways to bet in the UAE.
Force India’s Sergio Perez, the 25-year-old formerly dubbed the ‘Mexican Wunderkind’ due to his precociousness behind the wheel, was amongst the most impressive in qualifying, only just getting sneaked out of the top three by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen as the session drew to a close.
Perez has gone about his business with aplomb since being dumped by McClaren in 2013, banking a 10th-place finish in the drivers’ championship last season having made the podium early in the campaign in Bahrain.
With six top-eight finishes in his last eight drives, including three top-fives and third in Russia last month, Perez is clearly showing some fine form, and while 33/1 fourth-favourite odds about the Guadalajara native taking the laurels seem about right, 4/1 on him signing off the season with another podium looks a decent price.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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