Sebastian Vettel odds-on favourite to win title following ruthless Malaysian display
The latest odds from the Sky Bet trading room post Sepang
By Jamie Casey. Last Updated: 02/04/13 4:44pm
Sebastian Vettel: Out of favour with everyone but the bookmakers
Sebastian Vettel may be out of favour with the fans and the media following his unsporting act in the Malaysian Grand Prix but that's not the case with the bookmakers.
Despite doing his credibility no favours having defied team orders in Sepang, the German is now 10/11 on to win a fourth consecutive Drivers' title having been 6/4 with Sky Bet prior to Sepang.
Mark Webber, who finished second from a fifth-place start on the grid, has seen his title price come in from 25/1 to 20/1 on the back of a solid drive, albeit with unfortunate end results.
Fernando Alonso, who started on the second row of the grid, was a 28/1 long shot to be the first driver to retire from the race, but only one Sky Bet customer took up those odds, gaining a modest return of £14.50 from a 50p stake.
Although Vettel was on pole position his team-mate Webber qualified on the third row, causing the odds on a Red Bull one-two to drift out to 20/1 from an initial pre-practice price of 12/1.
There was no shortage of punts in Sky Bet's race forecast market, though, with many customers 33/1 better off having correctly predicted a Vettel win with Webber second at that industry-best price.
Felipe Massa showed great pace in qualifying and, coupled with Alonso's third-place start, culminated in a Ferrari one-two proving the most popular pre-race bet at 11/1, with few foreseeing the Italian team collecting just ten points.
The most-backed bet which proved successful was Lewis Hamilton to finish on the podium at 3/1, with Mercedes' team orders on a frustrated Nico Rosberg working in the favour of the punter.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports F1 pundit Johnny Herbert successfully tipped up Vettel to go quickest in qualifying and Nico Hulkenberg to finish in the points, a double on which would have accumulated odds of 3/1.
Herbert is working in conjunction with Sky Bet by producing race-by-race tips for the bookmaker, with every successful suggestion raising money for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
As for the next race in China, Alonso has ground to make up after his disappointing weekend in Sepang and is 4/1 to win in Shanghai, although the bookmakers are again siding with Vettel, who is 15/8 favourite to win the race.
Nico Rosberg was last year's surprise winner of the Chinese Grand Prix and is 12/1 to repeat that feat this time around, though his team-mate Hamilton is the only driver to have won more than once in Shanghai and is expected to be well-backed at 7/1.