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Nic Ladds 28th Dec 2009 - 12:55

Hard not to back... the Mach

At 5/1 in the betting for the F1 2010 World Championship, it's hard not to let your eye linger over the prospect of 41 year old Michael Schumacher winning the title in the 2010 season.

With each-way money being paid at a 5th of the odds for a first three finish, you'd simply have to fancy the seven time world champion to make an unprecedented eighth season victory as he joins the newly formed Mercedes (formerly BrawnGP) team.

Reports suggest the German, who won two titles with Benetton and five with Ferrari, will earn 7 million Euros in the all-German line-up.

"This is a team that has just won both championships this year; they have Mercedes now as a strong partner so our aim can only be to fight for the championship,"

"Having played around with motorbikes, I feel ready for some serious stuff."

Mercedes, who have taken over champions Brawn GP, have also signed Nico Rosberg as their number two for 2010, with Ross Brawn staying as team principle - suspected as the major factor behind Schumacher going the way of Mercedes.

"It was the only combination that would have triggered my return there was no other combination that I would have liked to have worked for and with," Schumacher told the BBC.

"Ross is a long-term friend and he knows me in detail. We've won races together we shouldn't have won, we've had tough times, good times but we managed to finish on a positive attitude. I feel very inspired and really great to deliver something."

Last year's turbulent season, which featured a mix of contenders for the drivers' title, has blown the betting apart, with the current world champion Jensen Button found at a somewhat surprising 13/2 considering he could be dangerous in a McLaren, recently injured Felipe Massa at 9/1 and the likeable Mark Webber in at 16's.

2008 champion Lewis Hamilton is at the top of the stack at 12/5, with former ‘teammate' Fernando Alonso priced at 7/2.

As we await the start of the 2010 Formula 1 season, William Hill has over 20 different F1 betting markets to whet your appetite ahead of the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix.


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