Hamilton won very well in Germany last week, backing up many people’s belief that he is the best driver in F1 at the moment, and William Hill make him 4/1 to notch up back to back wins by claiming 1st place in Budapest. He is 13/2 with bet365 to lock in pole position.
Hungaroring played right into Red Bull’s hands last year, culminating in a Webber victory, so theoretically not much should change. In fact Sebastien Vettel is Skybet’s 6/4 fav to win this year while Boylesports make the German 10/11 to take pole. However, the British GP should have been a Red Bull party as well but Ferrari crashed that by winning and the Germany GP was worse as Vettel did not even make the podium (Webber was 3rd).
Webber is 5/1 this year to defend his race title (Paddy Power) and Fernando Alonso 10/3 with Ladbrokes to register his 2nd win of the season. Alonso and Hamilton are 8/13 with Ladbrokes and William Hill respectively to finish on the podium and Jenson Button is 11/4 with Blue Square to muscle in on the top 3.
Elsewhere, Kobayashi is improving and he is 4/5 (Coral) to finish in the top 10; in the 8 races he has completed, 7 have been 10th or better.
So, have Red Bull entered a prolonged period of trouble or have 2 races kicked them into action? It’s hard to tell, though judging by the improved McLaren and Hamilton’s gusto, there could be more points for McLaren et al this weekend. If Hamilton gets himself on the front row, his odds should fall.