Nineteen places will separate Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel on the grid for Sunday’s Malaysia Grand Prix after the latter experienced engine chaos in qualifying on Saturday.
Vettel failed to even set a qualifying time and will start 20th on the grid as his 2017 Formula 1 season continues to unravel, while standings leader Hamilton has taken pole position.
The Briton is therefore a 4/7 (1.57) favourite with William Hill, and while Vettel has plummeted to 20/1 (21.00) outsider, his Ferrari partner, Kimi Raikkonen, is in with a more serious chance at 10/3 (4.33).
It’s been only s fortnight since Vettel crashed out of the Singapore Grand Prix and surrendered a significant lead in the drivers’ standings to Hamilton.
Speaking to Sky F1 after his qualifying mishap, Vettel said: “It’s part of motor racing. For sure, it’s not ideal, it’s not what we want, especially on a day where you feel that you’ve got it in you, you’ve got it in the car but we won’t be able to prove that. It’s a pretty bad day.”
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2017 Malaysia Grand Prix Odds
Lewis Hamilton: 4/7 (1.57)
Kimi Raikkonen: 10/3 (4.33)
Max Verstappen: 9/1 (10.00)
Daniel Ricciardo: 11/1 (12.00)
Sebastian Vettel: 20/1 (21.00)
Valtteri Bottas: 20/1 (21.00)