Button looking good for last hurrah at Silverstone
Jensen Button is the 4/6 favourite with William Hill to claim Sunday's British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
That price is sure to ignite interest in the 29-year-old Brawn GP man given that he has already won six of the opening seven F1 2009 season races. With Button currently looking such a good thing another bet that warrants inspection is the tempting 5/2 available for him to be the fastest qualifier and to win the race.
Button now has a seeming unassailable 26-point lead at the top of the drivers' standings with Hills quoting 1/16 that he is still be top of the pile come the end of the season. If you think that particular race has run Hills have also opened a Without Button Drivers' Championship market.
His Brawn GP team-mate Rubens Barrichello, who is currently in second place on 35 points 6 ahead of Sebastian Vettel, is 7/4 to land that particular market.
As far as Sunday is concerned if the clues are in the odds Button's biggest danger could well come from Red Bull Racing man 5/1 Sebastien Vettel, the only driver to deny the Englishman a 100% record this season, courtesy of an outstanding drive to win the Chinese Grand Prix in April.
It seems incredible that 12 months on current F1 champion Lewis Hamilton (33/1 to win the race outright) has been reduced to the role of an also ran who will be happy if he can manage to scrape a points finish on Sunday. Hills chalk him up at 4/5 to achieve that feat.
But if you believe in fairytales and that Silverstone is the venue that Hamilton finally gets his campaign back on track Hills are offering a 66/1 British Grand Prix Special that he wins the race having led for the first time on the last lap.
For many Sunday's race will be an emotional occasion given that this will be the last year Silverstone - labelled the home of British motor racing - will host the event for some considerable time.
The British Grand Prix moves to Donnington Park in 2010 as part of a planned 10 year deal.
Silverstone, named after the early English for a "wooded area" hosted its first Grand Prix in 1948 and is the only circuit to stage the British F1 Grand Prix since 1986.
It is a fast, bumpy and some believe old-fashioned track that many of the current F1 drivers will be sad to see disappear from the F1 calendar. Nick Heidfeld 80/1, who finished second last year said this week: "The whole opening section at Silverstone is fantastic - very fast and unmistakable".
To even the most casual motor racing observer the names of its corners are instantly familiar.
Maggots, Becketts Corner and Chapel Curve, Hangar Straight, Stowe Corner, Club Corner, Abbey Curve and Woodcote throw up visions of previous British Grand Prix winners like Ayrton Senna Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, James Hunt, Nikki Lauda and Jackie Stewart sling-shotting their way around the Northamptonshire track.
Besides the outright market Hills have produced a raft of other markets for Sunday's race including: First Retirement of Race, Fastest Qualifier, Podium Finish, Points Finish and who will produce the Fastest lap of the race.
Brazil's Ruben Barrichello, who finished third here in 2008 despite starting from 16 on the grid, catches the eye at 10/11 for a Podium Finish.