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Nic Ladds 10th May 2012 - 15:16

Up and down Alonso on the drift again

Fernando Alonso has been particularly lively in the betting ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.

After testing last week, Alonso came in from 25/1 to 16/1 at William Hill while on Thursday, he was again backed in to 12/1.

The fervent backing of the home favourite reached fever pitch after the first practice session, during which he recorded the fastest lap and his price collapsed to 11/2 before being pushed out to 9/1 after P2.

"Alonso has only ever won in Spain once but if our punters are to be believed, he could be in line for a second," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly.

Sebastian Vettel is 5/2 favourite to win the race with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button 4/1 and 9/2 second and third favourites. Hills are also offering 13/8 that either one of the McLaren drivers wins the race (4/9 they do not).

Spanish Grand Prix:

Race Winner: 5/2 Sebastian Vettel; 4/1 Lewis Hamilton; 9/2 Jenson Button; 6/1 Raikkonen; 9/1 Fernando Alonso; 10/1 Mark Webber; 14/1 Romain Grosjean; 20/1 Nico Rosberg; 28/1 Michael Schumacher; 100/1 BAR

Fastest qualifier: 5/2 Sebastian Vettel; 11/4 Lewis Hamilton; 7/1 Jenson Button; 8/1 Kimi Raikkonen; 9/1 Mark Webber; 9/1 Nico Rosberg; 14/1 Fernando Alonso; 14/1 Michael Schumacher; 14/1 Romain Grosjean; 100/1 BAR

13/8 Either Hamilton or Button to win

4/9 Neither Hamilton nor Button to win



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