F1 drivers title odds: Who will fare best of the rest in 2023?
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F1 drivers title odds: Who will fare best of the rest in 2023?

With Max Verstappen so far in front at the top of the championship table, bwin have introduced 2023 F1 drivers title odds on who will fare best of the rest.

Sergio Perez suffered a worrying slump after starting the season strongly, but his form has improved again of late.

After finishing third in Hungary and second in Belgium, the Red Bull second string is the nearest challenger to his teammate with 189 points.

That puts him 40 ahead of faltering Aston Martin veteran Fernando Alonso, with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton just one more adrift for Mercedes.

In the Formula One Drivers Championship betting without Verstappen, Perez has been cut to 1/4, with Hamilton quoted at 11/4 and Alonso out to 33/1.

The Mexican amassed 105 points in the first five races of the campaign, claiming victories in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan.

However, he then finished 16th in Monaco, fourth in Spain and sixth in Canada to allow the chasing pack to close the gap.

Budapest was a better effort, though, and Perez led early on at Spa Francorchamps until being passed by Verstappen on lap 17.

“Two podiums in a row now and our main objective is to continue to stay on the podium,” said Perez. “We have the summer break to make sure we stay on top of things and have some time to reset.

“I am looking forward to the summer break and going into the second half of the season to come back even stronger.”

Hamilton had to be patient early on, as Mercedes struggled badly for pace, but 46 points from Monaco, Spain and Canada lifted his spirits.

Another podium finish at Silverstone boosted the 38-year-old, but fourth place in the last couple of races was a step backwards.

After labouring in Belgium, Hamilton admitted: “We know the rear end is our biggest issue and then we had some bouncing this weekend.

“We know we have more work to do to close the gap to the front. We’ll work with all the data we’ve accumulated and try to figure out what we can do for the next race after the summer break.”

Alonso was initially a model of consistency in a much-improved Aston Martin car, making the podium six times in eight outings.

However, recent form figures of 5-7-9-5 highlight how the Silverstone-based outfit have dropped off.

The Spaniard preferred to adopt a positive approach, though, stating: “It’s been an incredible first half to the season; we are third in the Constructors’ Championship and third in the Drivers’ Championship.

“It was impossible to think of achieving this before the start of the season. Now, it’s time to recharge our batteries over the summer break and come back stronger.”

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