What a season F1 is enjoying. Regularly dismissed by critics as a rapid procession of advertising hoardings, the latest campaign has gripped the imagination as any one of four, possibly five, men could still win the driver’s championship. F1 betting has, according to one online bookmaker, “gone crazy” as the odds have fluctuated since the season’s opening race.
Punters betting on F1 will be mindful that Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso (the pair are extremely close in the F1 betting odds) or Sebastian Vettel could easily clinch the title. However, the McLaren challenge of Lewis Hamilton and Jensen Button cannot be discounted and Formula 1 betting markets reflect this with Hamilton priced at 4/1.
Granted, Button’s odds have drifted to 14/1, but what makes this year’s F1 betting so exciting is the proximity of the drivers as they challenge for the coveted title of world champion.
Those who regularly enjoy an F1 bet will know that 2010 could be a watershed for the sport. Punters who have backed Button may be sweating as his results have failed to live up to last year’s stunning performance and predictions of him retaining his world crown currently appear a little remote.
However, history suggests that this most unpredictable of sports is far from over. Accordingly, it continues to attract a raft of new punters placing a bet on F1 for the first time, a phenomenon also attributable to the sport’s new-found competitiveness.
“If you’re contemplating an F1 bet prior to the Belgian grand prix, then Vettel cannot be ignored,” claims one F1 veteran. “He has momentum and talent – two prerequisites for success – and a profitable return from your F1 betting!”
The Red Bull man heads to Spa as the 5/2 favourite, odds likely to appeal to punters picking up a free bet after staking their wagers with an online bookmaker.
It will come as no surprise to learn that F1 betting has increased its standing amongst UK-based punters over the last few years following the successes of Messrs Hamilton and Button. Earlier in the season, one predictor racing outcomes, who also enjoys his regular F1 bets, suggested that the sport could be dominated by the British pair for years to come.
While Hamilton and Button have much to do, the number of UK-based punters taking account of the F1 betting odds has evidently risen quite markedly. Attracted by the ready availability of free bets, punters have supported the theory that Britain’s F1 twosome are not finished with winning world titles. They may have a point and the pair are expected to be fixtures in the world standings for several years to come. Moreover, Formula 1 betting trends reflect this assertion – some online bookmakers are already taking F1 bets on Hamilton winning the 2011 championship!
“I suspect that Red Bull will win the 2010 constructor’s title and, as they have the fastest cars, I strongly fancy one of their guys to take the driver’s crown too,” explains one veteran motor sport correspondent. “In the final analysis, however, history tells us that if you have the quickest car, you’re a decent bet to win the championship and punters betting via the internet should remember this. But this season’s results also show what good rivers Hamilton and Button are; their performances have been one of the highlights of the F1 campaign for me.”
For thousands of others too. Although when the final points tally is calculated the Brits may have missed out, their experience this season will stand them both in good stead for 2011. Before then, there are plenty of highlights still to come and plenty of Formula 1 betting from which punters can profit.
In particular, live F1 betting markets offer enormous opportunities for handsome returns, irrespective of who wins. As the season’s remaining fixtures promise to be as engrossing as ever, so interest in Formula 1 betting, particularly online F1 betting, is scheduled to soar. In fact, should the Brits be in contention, F1 betting could hit new highs…