Closest F1 Championship ever leads to record turnover
With the curtain set to fall on this year's F1 season, bookmakers William Hill are celebrating what has been a bumper year for turnover.
Hills have more than doubled their turnover from last season which may well be down, in part, to the competitiveness of this year's Championship.
Fernando Alonso is the 5/6 to scoop motor racing's top prize while Mark Webber is 6/4. Sebastian Vettel is the 7/1 third favourite with Lewis Hamilton clinging on to the faintest hope of winning for Britain and he is priced at 50/1 to spring a shock.
There is a suggestion that Felipe Massa will play to 'team orders' and Hills offer 16/1 that Alonso overtakes his team mate during the last five laps of the race.
"This season will go down in history as one of the greatest Championships ever. It has certainly broken all F1 betting records and it is a shame that it all has to come to end," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly.
Lewis Hamilton will be hoping for a miracle in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. William Hill are offering 4/1 that that Fernando Alonso, the current leader in the Championship, fails to finish which could leave the door open for a British smash and grab. Hills are also offering 10/1 that Alonso crashes out of the race.
Mark Webber is the 9/5 favourite to claim victory in Abu Dhabi while his team mate Sebastian Vettel is 2/1. Fernando Alonso is the 4/1 third favourite.
William Hill F1 Odds:
Driver's Championship: 5/6 Alonso; 6/4 Webber; 7/1 Vettel; 50/1 Hamilton
Abu Dhabi GP Outright: 9/5 Webber; 2/1 Vettel; 4/1 Alonso; 11/2 Hamilton; 14/1 Button; 14/1 Massa; 40/1 Kubica; 66/1 Rosberg; 100/1 BAR
10/1 Fernando Alonso crashes out of the race
4/1 Fernando Alonso fails to finish the race
16/1 Fernando Alonso overtakes Felipe Massa during the last five laps of the race
1/1 Any team carries out 'team orders'