Vettel grabs Pole at Silverstone
Priced at 5/6 odds-on favourite for Sunday's British Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel grabbed a second consecutive Pole Position in what is likely to be the last qualification session at Silverstone, while BrawnGP's Jenson Button had his worst day this season.
The Red Bull cars were always going to be the ones to watch in this final F1 weekend at Silverstone, as their revamped front ends appeared to be finding the extra pace and now priced at 2/5 in the betting to be the weekend's winning constructor, the blue & red cars seem to have been given wings!
The pre-qualification favourite Vettel crossed the line in the third and final qualification session, his time of 1m19.509 being enough to give the German his third P1 of the season ahead of BrawnGP's Rubens Barrichello.
"In Q3 I had the lap of the weekend" smiled the Red Bull driver, as Aussie teammate Mark Webber blamed Kimi Raikkonen for ruining his flying lap, where Webber was eyeing up a P1 spot for himself.
"I don't know what the hell he was doing,'' Webber said. ``He should have been on the right, but he was on the racing line. He basically didn't care, so that wrecked my run. Anyway, you do not want to listen to a shopping list of excuses"
Webber is priced at odds of 9/2, along with Rubens, to claim the British event.
BrawnGP's Jenson Button had a bad day and has written off his hopes of winning this year's British Grand Prix after his worst qualification sessions of the season sixth place.
The Championship leader is priced at a relatively large price of 11/2 to be top of the podium come Sunday afternoon after qualifying, and although he has been quoted as thinking his weekend in ‘finished' , if the BrawnGP boys could sort the tyre temperatures, Jenson's got to be in with a shout.
Fellow BrawnGP driver Rubens Barrichello - 9/2 for the win - had fantastic pace to squeeze between the ‘Bulls.
The McLaren man will start from the back row at a price of 100/1.
Lewis Hamilton looks to literally riding the season out.
McLaren's defending champion has all but given up for this season and can do nothing but laugh with frustration about the state of affairs following his amazing previous season.
Hamilton's team-mate Heikki Kovalainen who was on pole last year, also failed to compete in the sluggish McLaren and qualified in 13th. He's now a highly avoidable 150/1 shot, however, priced at 5/2 to gain a points finish may prove a winner.
He was the fastest man in the Q1 session and begins Sunday's race in a very, very impressive P5. Let's hope his car can make it through the race...
Nakajima is the favourite in our "First Retirement" market at odds of 8/1.
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