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Nic Ladds 4th Apr 2010 - 15:38

F1: Sebastian Vettel 6/4 favourite for drivers' title

It was touch and go in the closing stages of Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix, but Sebastian Vettel finally made it to the finish line, and did so in P1 style.

It's the first victory of the season for Vettel and the Red Bull boys now appear to have worked out how to get their car to the finish line.

So, as the German has been in Pole Position for the start of each race so far - but has been let down by reliability, an issue seemingly resolved - it's Sebastian Vettel who is now the 6/4 favourite to take this year's Drivers Championship title ahead of 11/5 second favourite Fernando Alonso.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa added 6 more points for his season campaign with a 7th place finish and after Alonso's gearbox gave up on the down-change.

Felipe Massa became the new Drivers Championship leader (9/1) with a current total of 39 points - now 2 ahead of Alonso.

Aussie favourite Mark Webber appeared unhappy with his 2nd place finish, and rightly so. The Aussie looked worthy of a second career F1 win - but a 3 second error in the pits ruined the keen cyclist's day.

After the dramatic Saturday qualification where many of the big names were found towards the back of the starting grid, Lewis Hamilton had a good day and after delaying, and further delaying... his pit stop (possibly making a point after last week's team decision ruined the El Rapido's race) Hamilton finally came in on tyres which must have resembled a pebble-dashed wall.

His choice appeared a good one and the 2008 champion finished 6th - netting himself 8 championship points in the process.

Malaysian GP winner Vettel is now positioned third on the Drivers' standings with 37 points - with British hopes currently pinned on McLaren-Mercedes' Jenson Button who is on 35 points alongside 2010 young ace Nico Rosberg.

Michael Schumacher had yet another frustrating weekend, a faulty wheel nut forced the veteran out of the race on lap 9. Schumacher has only managed to amass 9 season points thus far.

We're three races down so far - but it appears the 2010 F1 season is only just hotting up.

Vettel is now the name on everybody's lips, Spain's Alonso in a German shaped shadow (though I'm sticking by my pre-season Massa e/w punt), but it's looking like a cracking F1 season ahead.


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