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Nic Ladds 7th Mar 2010 - 19:22

I'll be honest with you...

For me, the 2010 Formula One Constructors' Championship trophy will be donning Rosso Red Scarves come the end of the season and there are two very SMALL reasons for this...

Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

Installed as favourites in William Hill's Constructors Championship betting at 7/4, I think our F1 man (The Hill) has well and truly hit the nail on the head, sticking Ferrari ahead of the Brit dream-team McLaren (11/5) at the top of the betting stack.

I mentioned in an earlier blog that Ferrari's number one driver - Fernando Alonso (11/4 for the drivers title) - was putting down the quick laps in Valencia proving that the latest F10 is packing some severe poke.

Well that teamed with a recent interview I watched on CNN with Ferrari's Felipe Massa means I will, literally, be investing in a Brazilian! (8/1 each way available).

Alonso was quoted as saying "As of today, this is the best car I've ever had" The Spaniard confident of getting even more pace out of the Ferrari.

I know Massa has had a bad year - a severe shock, a life threatening injury. You may even write him off this year, but be wary, for Massa is still eyeing his first title and I think that if he doesn't win it this time out, he'll grab a top three finish for sure.

I think I am yet to see a driver as mouth-wateringly eager to get on the track and perform. It's good to see and I'll be honest with you, at 8/1...  I'm convinced.

Remember Timo Glock and a 5th place that turned into a 6th as Hamilton dropped the mysteriously stuttering Toyota to cross the finish line and claim the title in Brazil?

It came down to the wire that Felipe Massa didn't win the 2008 Championship crown, but for a few seconds at least, until the news came through about Glock and Hamilton, the Samba had begun in Sao Paulo.

Felipe Massa is quality. I'll be having a sturdy each-way punt.

I'll apologise now to Fernando for the following pun*... But the only real reason I can see the wheels coming off the Ferrari bus this year is that the boys in the paddock don't get on.

Is Fernando a hot-head?

We all remember the season of 2008, or as it will go down in the books of British fans, Hamilton's year - where controversy surrounded McLaren Team, the Spaniard far from happy with the preferential treatment received by the then quicker Lewis Hamilton.

These days however, he shouldn't really have any issue right?

He is the faster of the Ferrari duo and Alonso seems a relatively placid guy on face value and really, at the end of the day, anyone is an improvement on Kimi Raikkonen (yawn).

Okay so last year, who could have known what was on the cards for Massa, but I firmly believe both Scuderia pilots will be firmly positioned on the Drivers' Championship Podium following the season finale at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

As for the remaining place on the podium..?

Hmm.... You'll have to wait for that one. Hamilton? Button? Schumacher? Vettel? I could go on - but with the talent packed into the top half of the field, we're one week away from seeing one of the most thrilling F1 seasons ever.

*Alonso's Renault losing a wheel mid lap at Hungary last season? Remember...? ‘Course you do...

Take a long look at the F1 betting available on the Sportsbook F1 page. You're bound to find a tempter there to keep you involved for the whole season ahead.

Before you have your season-long winning constructor and winning driver bets, make sure you know about the new points system down at the old F1 headquarters.





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