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Jon Riley 3rd Oct 2012 - 12:57

Who Are Lew? Will Button Now Be Top Dog At McLaren?

The big news ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix is that it will be the first race since Lewis Hamilton announced his intention to leave McLaren at the end of the season. Despite his recent defection, he is 9/4 favourite to win in Japan with Sebastian Vettel. Ironically, the best backed driver ahead of the weekend is Hamilton's replacement, Sergio Perez and he has been cut from 40/1 to 28/1.

Looking ahead to next season, Jenson Button will be McLaren's number one and should McLaren turn their attentions to him before the end of the season, he is 7/4 to finish ahead of Hamilton in the Japanese GP. McLaren have struggled to get both cars around the tracks recently and Lewis Hamilton is 4/1 to fail to finish the race.

"With Hamilton still just about in the race for the Drivers Championship, McLaren will be desperate to get him around the Suzuka Circuit as quickly as possible, but should he fall further behind, their attentions may turn to next season and Button may become the favoured driver in the last few races," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

Japanese GP winner: 9/4 Lewis Hamilton; 45/1 Sebastian Vettel; 5/1 Fernando Alonso; 8/1 Jenson Button; 9/1 Kimi Raikkonen; 14/1 Romain Grosjean; 16/1 Mark Webber; 28/1 Sergio Perez; 33/1 Pastor Maldonado; 40/1 BAR

Drivers Championship 2012: 1/2 Fernando Alonso; 3/1 Sebastian Vettel; 8/1 Lewis Hamilton; 25/1 Kimi Raikkonen; 66/1 Jenson Button; 66/1 Mark Webber

Will Lewis Hamilton finish the Japanese GP: 1/7 yes; 4/1 no

Hamilton Jenson Match Bets (Japan):

Qualifying: 1/3 Hamilton; 9/4 Button
Race: 2/5 Hamilton; 7/4 Button

Drivers Championship 2013: 9/4 Fernando Alonso; 9/4 Sebastian Vettel; 7/1 Lewis Hamilton; 8/1 Jenson Button; 10/1 Kimi Raikkonen; 10/1 Sergio Perez; 14/1 Mark Webber; 20/1 BAR






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