Turkish F1 Grand Prix this weekend
This weekend sees the F1 Grand Prix season head towards Turkey, with Jenson Button seeking to extend his lead at the top of the Drivers Championship. The race, won by Felipe Massa from pole the last three years in a row, is an entirely different proposition to the last contest in Monaco, with a track more demanding on both man and machine.
Massa, who drives for Ferrari, will have been buoyed by the progress made by the Italian team after improved performances at Barcelona and Monaco. However, Jenson Button and Brawn GP have been almost bulletproof this season, winning five of the six races so far. The Turkish track has more high speed corners, which could see teams such as RedBull enter the reckoning, as well as Massa’s Ferrari. So where does this leave the bookmakers?
Button is almost an even-money favourite, best priced at 6/4 with the likes of Blue Square and 888sport. William Hill offer the best value on second favourite Sebastien Vettel, going 11/2, while the Ferrari pairing of Massa and Kimi Raikkonen are 13/2 (Sportingbet) and 8/1 (Skybet, Expekt and Ladbrokes) respectively. While backing Button to win is the obvious tip, the value appears to be a podium finish for Brawn GP teammate Ruben Barrichello, who can be backed at 8/1 with Bet365, paying 1/5th of the odds for a top 3 finish – a better price than backing Button outright.