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Stuart Dalgleish 18th Apr 2013 - 14:45

Bahrain fav emerges as real contender for Drivers'

After victory in Shanghai last week, Fernando Alonso is the 2/1 clear favourite to win this weekend's Bahrain GP.

Initially opening as 13/5 joint favourite with Sebastian Vettel, William Hill punters lumped on the Spaniard, trimming him to 2/1, while the German driver was eased to 11/4. Lewis Hamilton grabbed his first Mercedes podium last weekend and he is 9/1 to grab his first win for his team.

Sebastian Vettel is the 6/4 favourite to win the Drivers Championship only slightly ahead of Alonso at 13/8.

"Alonso could cost us a small fortune if he wins, even at this early stage of proceedings and we are nervous of the Spaniard who has found his feet quicker this season than he has in previous years and is now a real player in the Championship," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

With the British drivers flattering to deceive so far this season, William Hill offer Even money that the four of them fail to score over 18 points between them in Bahrain.

Winning driver free practice one: 4/1 Lewis Hamilton; 9/2 Sebastian Vettel; 5/1 Nico Rosberg; 6/1 Mark Webber; 7/1 Fernando Alonso; 12/1 Kimi Raikkonen; 14/1 Felipe Massa; 20/1 Jenson Button; 25/1 Romain Grosjean; 33/1 Adrian Sutil; 33/1 Paul Di Resta; 40/1 BAR

Pole, Fastest Lap and race winner: 11/1 Sebastian Vettel; 25/1 Fernando Alonso; 25/1 Lewis Hamilton; 40/1 Kimi Raikkonen; 50/1 Nico Rosberg; 66/1 BAR

Bahrain GP winner: 2/1 Fernando Alonso; 11/4 Sebastian Vettel; 4/1 Kimi Raikkonen; 9/1 Lewis Hamilton; 14/1 Mark Webber; 16/1 Nico Rosberg; 20/1 Felipe Massa; 20/1 Jenson Button; 50/1 BAR

Number of British points scored in Bahrain: 8/11 over 18.5; 1/1 under 18.5

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