Formula One expert Martin Brundle has warned Ferrari superstar Sebastian Vettel is “losing the risk game” in this season’s race for the world championship after falling off the title pace in Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix.
The 2017 crown looks to be all but Hamilton’s, who is now a 1/7 (1.14) favourite after Vettel collided with Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to end his race early.
Vettel’s first retirement of the 2017 season has left him 28 points off standings leader Hamilton, and Brundle gave the impression in his Sky Sports column that the title chase could be over:
“I stand by what I said immediately in live commentary. If the stewards decided it was a typical startline/first corner racing incident then fine, if not you could only blame Vettel for so aggressively cutting across. After his bumper cars in Baku, this was his second poor judgement which could well have cost him the world championship.”
Vettel has fallen to odds of 4/1 (5.00) after coming into the Singapore Grand Prix a favourable 7/4 (2.75) for this year’s crown, while Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas is a third wheel at 100/1 (101.00).
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2017 Formula One Drivers’ Championship Odds
Lewis Hamilton: 1/7 (1.14)
Sebastian Vettel: 4/1 (5.00)
Valtteri Bottas: 100/1 (101.00)