Romain Grosjean has been in mightily impressive form of late, recording successive podiums for the first time in his career, after his third-place finish in Japan.
The Frenchman has now registered four top-three finishes in 2013 and looks to be the hot driver on the grid, besides the untouchable Sebastian Vettel.
Retirements aside, the 27-year-old has not been out of the points since the British Grand Prix and looks nailed on to register again at 1/5.
He has scored three of his podium successes in the preceding seven races and the switch to a longer wheelbase on the Lotus E21 has clearly suited him. So backing him to thrive once again and find himself on the steps at 13/8 should tempt many.
Pirelli’s decision to opt for soft and medium tyres at the Buddh Interntaional Circuit will also be music to the ears of the Lotus team.
The Enstone-based outfit’s machine does not seem to wear out the tyres as quickly as their rivals and while the choice will debilitate all teams, it is likely to have a lesser impact on Lotus.
That factor also makes the 16/1 on Grosjean to be first past the flag excellent value, with the 7/1 in the betting without Vettel market also tantalising,
Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was outgunned by his partner in Japan but the rubber factor will no doubt aid him here and it must be remembered that he notched a third and a second in the two races preceding Suzuka.
The Finn is as long as 14/1 to win the race, 6/1 without Vettel and also 6/4 to make the top-three, healthy prices for a man who has stood on the podium eight times already this season.
A retirement in Belgium and an 11th in Italy are the only blots on a points-filled copybook and 1/7 about year another top-10 finish for the 34-year-old cannot be ignored.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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