Exciting F1 Betting Season Begins on Sunday

F1 betting begins on Sunday with the Bahrain Grand Prix.

It should be an exciting season of F1 odds as Michael Schumacher returns to the sport to battle Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and others for the title.

F1 betting will have 12 teams on the board to start the season as Stefan GP dropped out.    There are some new teams like Lotus Racing who gets back into the sport and the new Mercedes team which used to be known as Brawn GP.  Schumacher is the story for that team as he comes back into the sport after three years in retirement.

Fernando Alonso is the favorite to win the driver’s championship this season at 2-1 in F1 odds but he should have a lot of competition from Schumacher who is 3.5 to 1 in F1 odds and others including Alonso’s teammate Felipe Massa who is 6-1 in F1 betting.

In preseason testing, Ferrari has been very good with Red Bull and McLaren next.  Mercedes did not do that well in early testing. "In terms of the drivers, you've got Felipe, Fernando, Jenson, probably Vettel and Mark Webber because obviously they've got a quick car, Michael and Nico (Rosberg)," Lewis Hamilton said, "It's really difficult to say who is the most competitive out of all of them, but at the moment the Ferrari looks the fastest I think."  Many of the teams made changes with only Red Bull keeping Webber and Vettel.  Last year’s champion Jenson Button moved to McLaren and now will be the teammate of 2008 F1 betting champion Hamilton. Rosberg goes from Williams to Mercedes, and will be Schumacher’s teammate while Robert Kubica goes to Renault where he will be the teammate of Russian Vitaly Petrov.  Williams will be going with Rubens Barrichello and German rookie Nico Hulkenberg.

Virgin Racing, owned by Richard Branson will be fielding a team this year while Lotus and HRT also have teams on the F1 odds board. There are 19 races on the F1 betting schedule this season compared to last year’s 17.  Canada gets a race this year and South Korea gets their first race ever. "This year I would say it's been fantastic, because of the publicity we've had, with world champions in competitive cars, new teams coming in," said Button.  "I can't wait for the first race. I think it's going to be a very special season."