September 23, 2010 | In: Articles

Singapore F1 Grand Prix Betting Odds – Has Hamilton blown title chance?

Has Lewis Hamilton blown his chances of winning the Formula One Drivers Championship? After crashing out of the Italian Grand Prix on the very first lap, Britain’s former Champion has now been knocked off top spot in the race for the coveted driver’s title. The Formula One circus is in Singapore now, with just five races left in the season, and things are getting a little bit tight at the top of the Championship. Really, Hamilton just needs to hold himself together, and being one of the more aggressive drivers on the circuit, has to ensure that he at least gets across the finish line in these last races. It is to his, and team mate Jenson Button’s credit that they are where they are, because all season they seem to have been fighting to catch up to the Red Bulls, and now Ferrari as well seem to be getting their act together and are causing the British McLaren duo a few headaches. The big factor in everything now, is that the teams will be pinching points off each other, and while that makes for some tough Formula One betting calls, there are just enough pointers to see who should come out on top. Hamilton has now earmarked Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso as the main threat for the title, even though the Spaniard is in third, while Red Bull’s Mark Webber leads the title chase.

Current Standings and Outright Drivers Championship Odds
1- Mark Webber, Red Bull, 187pts (15/8 at Stan James)
2- Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 182pts (16/5 at Bwin)
3- Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 166pts (9/2 at Totesport)
4- Jenson Button, McLaren, 165pts (17/1 at SportingBet)
5- Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 163pts (4/1 at SkyBet)

Even though Alonso is 21 points back of second placed Hamilton, he will arguably be carrying the form after winning at Monza a fortnight ago, and there will be less pressure on him than the two guys in front of him. Alonso has done really well to claw his way back into the title race after languishing unexpectedly down the field over most of the first half of the season. This is just another sign that Ferrari are really ramping up their game when it matters, the fact that top five are all separated by one victory points haul, should mean that we are in for a classic run into the title. After winning in Italy, Alonso will be worth backing again, as form and consistency do play a huge factor in Formula One betting, and he will be starting as favourite at the bookmakers so it will be well taking a good punt on him. He is really rising into the ascendancy at the moment, outscoring his main rivals over the previous four races.

Now having a competitive package for the remaining five circuits is all important, as getting up onto the podium in these last five encounters should put any driver close. McLaren have probably been the most consistent team over the season, even though they have ceded ground in speed to the Red Bulls and now the Ferrari’s. Both Button (who finished second at Monza) and Hamilton really have battled well, and thanks to a good, reliable car, remain in contention for the title. The early season was all about catching up with the speed of the Red Bulls, but now there clearly is a shift in power with the Ferrari coming to the fore, and Alonso won’t have the added distraction of racing his own team-mate, Felipe Massa who is down in sixth in the championship, where Button and Hamilton really have a lot to go at each other with, as well as the two Red Bull drivers. It really is anyone’s game heading to the Singapore Grand Prix, so will Ferrari continue to push, or will there be a big riposte from Red Bull or McLaren?

Singapore Pole Position Odds
Sebastian Vettel: 7/4 at 888Sport
Mark Webber: 3/1 at Victor Chandler
Fernando Alonso: 5/1 at SkyBet
Lewis Hamilton: 13/2 at Bet365
Jenson Button: 20/1 at ExtraBet

McLaren could have found the answer, as they have been concentrating vehemently over the last fortnight in upgrades which should see them get more speed. Apparently these are significant improvement, and at Singapore, they will need all the help they can get, because it is just the type of track which has really been the undoing of their season. McLaren are now insisting that they will be up to speed, and that gaps between themselves and the Ferrari have been closed. The Red Bulls will be major players at Singapore, because it is a high down force track, an area in which they have shown so much excellence all season, and one which Ferrari has really caught up on. Any changes which have been made by the McLarens really will have to work if they want to keep Hamilton and Button in the race, as they have struggled at these types of tracks this season, notably in Hungary. The trouble now for McLaren, is that during the run in to the end of the season, the tracks that awaiting them, the Red Bulls and the Ferrari’s will be keen to strut their stuff on, and to be honest, it will be the crucial factor in betting on the outright winner of the Formula One Drivers championship this year. The tracks are not suited to McLaren so much, not unless the new configurations change things dramatically.

This is why Singapore really represents one of the most exciting points of the season. There is so much up for grabs now and now margin for error. With Alonso finding his feet, and the Red Bulls coming back into play because of the type of tracks ahead, winning the championship for Hamilton or Button may take a momentous uphill swing. Looking at the top of the leader boards, they really seem to be the ones losing momentum. Will there be changes for the better for McLaren on the streets of Singapore? Overtaking will be difficult and so qualification once more is more crucial than ever, and looking for a betting tip, then there really is only one man who has a certain affinity with Singapore, and that is Alonso. A third consecutive top three finish for him would really blow things open

Singapore Grand Prix Outright Odds
Sebastian Vettel: 5/2 at Bwin
Mark Webber: 7/2 at Blue Square
Fernando Alonso: 9/2 at Boylesports
Lewis Hamilton: 4/1 at Totesport
Jenson Button: 12/1 at Bet365
Felipe Massa: 25/1 at SportingBet

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