This year’s Formula One championship has served up more entertainment than the past three seasons combined, and there’s still two months to go until the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix’s campaign-ending, double-points spectacular.
Naturally, we’ve scoured the markets to find value F1 wagers that could yet turn a profit this term.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to hit each other and both retire on that lap before the end of 2014 @ 6/1
The Mercedes pair seemed to have buried their differences following the latter’s smash into the back of the former in Belgium, which resulted in both missing out on the win, when the German gave up first place to let the Brit through at Monza.
However, after Rosberg collected no points in retirement last time out in Singapore, where Hamilton won, there’s no telling what risks the second-placed overall driver might take to stay in touch with his teammate between now and the campaign’s close.
Furthermore, we can be fairly sure that these two will be driving on each other’s coat tails over the next five races. Accidents can and will happen.
Sebastian Vettel to win over 0.5 races this season @ 15/4
If such a coming together were to occur between the Mercs, the man who won each of the previous four drivers’ championships may well profit.
Failing to register a victory so far this season will have hit Vettel hard, but we know the Red Bull car is decent after the 27-year-old’s teammate Daniel Ricciardo posted victories in Canada, Hungary and Belgium.
Not since 2007 has an F1 campaign been bereft of a Vettel victory. He looks a big price to pick up one of the remaining five Grand Prix.
Jenson Button to beat Felipe Massa in a season-long head-to-head @ 13/10
Button has been quietly building a fine campaign in his relatively uncompetitive McLaren and could best a 2013 points tally of 72 at the Japanese Grand Prix next time out.
The 2009 drivers’ champion may have only podiumed once this term, in Australia’s opening Grand Prix of the campaign, but seven point-scoring, top-ten finishes in his last nine outings is none too shabby.
Massa currently has seven points fewer than the Somerset man, and although the Brazilian has posted a podium and a fifth-place in the last two rounds, consecutive mid-season retirements, along with four other finishes outside the top ten over the past 11 Grand Prix, makes him very opposable.