• Mon 5 Dec, 2016
  • 02:21 GMT
  • 22:21 ET (GMT-4)
  • 04:21 CET (GMT+2)

Webber Closes On Hamilton Ever So Slightly

F1 BETTING: Mark Webber’s win was slightly overshadowed by some apparent splits in the Red Bull team but the Australian was obviously delighted to get his 3rd F1 victory of the season.

Mark Webber’s victory at Silverstone this weekend pushed him to within 17 points of leader Lewis Hamilton and to 9/2 for the Drivers Championsip (Betdaq). He also became the 1st driver this season to chalk up 3 wins.

Webber leapfrogged team ‘mate’ Seb Vettel as the German could only muster 6 points down in 7th. Vettel’s odds slipped to 5/2 with Bet365 and he remains with 2 wins. Tempers flared again in the Red Bull camp as it appeared that Webber’s team taunted Vettel’s mechanics after the Australians victory. Contoversy was caused after a new wing was removed from Webber and given to Vettel and Webber (and co) were sure to revel in their glory.

Away from Red Bull, Hamilton and Button clocked up 2nd and 4th respectively, which retaind the status quo in the top 2, albeit by conceding a bit of ground to Webber. Current leader Hamilton, who came 2nd, is 7/4 clear fav for the title with Boylesports and will be keen to get another win soon, to really keep his foot on the pedal, so to speak.

With just over half the races gone in the season, Jenson Button rolled out one of his finest drives, coming from 14th on the grid to finish 4th, after a troubled qualifying. Sportingbet still rate the Englishman as a 10/1 chance to win the Championship.

Fernando Alonso’s title charge took a nasty hit as he came home 14th. Ladbrokes mimic that by offering 14/1 about him for the championship and, at 47 points adrift of Hamilton, has it all to do. With 9 races to go he will need some blistering drives and perhaps some fortune regarding the McClaren’s performances.

McClaren have looked solid however, the British GP providing another good points haul for the Constructor’s Championship. Sportingbet offer a market best 10/11 for a McClaren win at the end of the season, who currently hold a 29 point ascendency over Red Bull. Vettel and Webber’s team can be backed at 23/20 with Stan James, which would show a reluctancy to go with McClaren just yet. Admittedly, one McClaren retirement would let the Red Bulls in and the market will be turned around.

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