This is the final race of the European part of the season and a big race since Hamilton and Mark Webber are set to pull away from the rest of the field in the point’s race. Webber is the fourth choice at the Internet bookmaker for Sunday’s race.
Five Drivers at 10-1 or Less – There are five drivers at SBG who have single-digit odds this week. They are Hamilton at just under 2-1, Fernando Alonso at 3.5 to 1, Sebastian Vettel at 5-1, and Webber at 5.5 to 1 and Jenson Button at 7-1. All of the other drivers have odds of 10-1 or more. The field bet also has double-digit odds this week.
Field is 12-1 – Normally the field bet is not worth considering but the only other two drivers on the board are Felipe Massa and Robert Kubica. All of the other drivers are part of the field including defending champion Rubens Barrichello. Button finished second last year in this race but if you look at the rest of the top 10 there were a lot of no-name drivers. Kimi Raikkonen was third, Adrian Sutil was fourth, Alonso was fifth, Heikki Kovalainen was 6th, and Nick Heidfeld was 7th, Vettel 8th, Giancarlo Fisichella 9th and Kazuki Nakajima 10th. Barrichello has won this race three times in the past eight years. He has 11 career wins but has yet to win this season so he will be very focused for Sunday’s race.
Favorites – Hamilton has just two top 10 finishes in three races in Italy and Webber’s best finish is just seventh in eight starts. Vettel did win this race in 2008 so he is worth considering. With just six races remaining this is a key week for the drivers who are chasing Hamilton and Webber. Vettel and Button have had some success in the Italian Grand Prix so this could be the time for them to make a move. Button is 7-1 at the bookmaker so he has the most value but Vettel is probably the better bet and at 5-1 he is definitely worth considering for Sunday’s race.