FORMULA ONE BETTING: Paddy Power has made Michael Schumacher joint favourite with Fernando Alonso at 10/3 for the 2010 F1 driver’s title ahead of the new season which starts in March.
The veteran German showed some good speed onboard the new Mercedes in the first testing of the season and ended up third fastest. Schumacher was 9/1 when he announced his return in December.
Ferrari’s new recruit Alonso impressed the 30,000 strong Spanish crowd by posting the fastest time by more than half a second from the chasing pack. Alonso was 4/1 before testing and has shortened to 10/3 following his run.
Briton’s Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, 7/2 (previously 11/4 Fav) and 9/1 respectively for the title, were a little off the pace but the McLaren team said they were happy with the car overall.
Roberto Coladangelo spokesman for Paddy Power said: “The 2010 season is shaping up to be a classic and the early signs show Schumacher is certainly not just there to make up the numbers.“