Red Bull Drivers Have Different Motivation to Close F1 Season on Winning Note
There is no question that the Red Bull Racing team is the best in Formula One racing. They have wrapped up the Constructors title very early, and with the kind of money they spend, it is a very strong possibility that they are going to be a prime contender at the very least no matter who is behind the wheel. Next year they will make a move at one of its positions, but there is still a race left in the 2013 schedule. This one, the Brazilian Grand Prix, takes place at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, also known as Interlagos, located in São Paulo. It is slated for Sunday at Noon ET, and will be televised by NBC.
For F1 bettors, this becomes an extremely interesting proposition, as the Red Bull tandem splits up and presents each of these drivers with a very strong and very different motivation, adding some drama to an event that might otherwise not have any suspense at all, with both championships (the driver and constructor) already decided.
While the title race is already over, sparks could fly between the 2 Red Bull drivers at Interlagos
In the Formula One odds that are posted on this race at Bet365, there is no surprise as to who the favorite is. He’s the man who has now won nine straight races and is looking to equal two records on Sunday: Of course we’re talking about Sebastian Vettel. Here are the prices on the top dozen competitors:
Sebastian Vettel -350
Mark Webber +350
Romain Grosjean +1400
Lewis Hamilton +2200
Fernando Alonso +2800
Nico Rosberg +2800
Heikki Kovalainen +12500
Felipe Massa +20000
Nico Hulkenberg +25000
Jenson Button +30000
Sergio Perez +30000
Valtteri Bottas +50000
Vettel has own eight races in a row. If he can win on Sunday, he can equal the all-time record for most F1 wins in a row, which was set by one of the Italian-born legends of this sport. Alberto Ascari won nine straight races over the 1952 and 1953 seasons, and Vettel has a chance to accomplish this during a single campaign. And speaking of that, he also will have every opportunity to match the record for most Formula One wins in one season, which was set in 2004 by the legendary Michael Schumacher, who has just recently turned down an offer from Lotus for yet another comeback. Vettel, who is justifiably the -350 favorite at Bet365, would seem to have the inside track to grab a share of that record, but the biggest obstacle he faces may come out of his own garage, so to speak.
This Sunday not only marks the end for V8 engines (with a switch to the turbocharged V6 engines next season), it is also the end for Mark Webber, the 37-year-old Australian who says that he wants to retire from the F1 circuit because, in his words, “I’m on a little bit of a slippery slope right now.” Webber, who also drives for Red Bull, has had a continually rocky relationship with his more storied teammate almost from the outset, or at least that’s the way it has seemed. Webber, who’s been an F1 driver for eleven years, has complained on more than one occasion that his team has shown favoritism toward Vettel, and that the implication is that he was supposed to take a back seat between the duo. That doesn’t matter much right now, and you have to wonder whether there would be a tremendous sense of satisfaction for Webber if he were to win in his farewell, and prevent Vettel from making a bit more F1 history at the same time. It isn’t impossible, as he has won this race twice in the past. The people making the F1 odds at Bet365 obviously give him a chance, as he is the second favorite at +350.
The sentimental favorite here, as is always going to be the case in Brazil, is Felipe Massa, the Ferrari driver who will be making the big move over to the Williams team next year. Massa is also arguably the most accomplished driver in this field at Interlagos, winning twice (he and Webber are the only starters on Sunday who have won it more than once), grabbing three pole positions and leading for a total of 183 laps, which is third best in history (behind Schumacher and Alain Prost). So he could be a threat for the podium regardless of any other conditions. He is priced at +1200 to reach that podium in the F1 betting lines at Bet365.
Who else could be a threat to make some noise? Well, Jenson Button (+30000 to win) was last year’s champion, with Lewis Hamilton, who was his teammate last year, capturing the pole. Hamilton is at +2200 here, and hasn’t won a race yet in Brazil. Neither has Fernando Alonso, who is priced at +2800. After this race comes the “silly season,” and there are going to be a lot of drivers who are looking for a Formula One job for next season. Daniel Ricciardo, priced at +150000 to win the Brazilian Grand Prix, is not one of them, as he has signed a multi-year agreement to replace Webber with the Red Bull team, moving up from their “farm club,” Toro Rosso. But there are a lot of others who may feel they need to impress in order to get some attention for a 2014 ride. The lowest-priced driver among this group is Heikki Kovalainen, who is +12500 at Bet365 and will replace the injured Kimi Räikkönen, as he did in Austin, for Lotus F1.
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