Having secured his fourth straight pole position, Lewis Hamilton understandably assumes 1/2 favouritism to land his second successive Bahrain Grand Prix.
He heads the betting from 5/2 second favourite Sebastian Vettel, who will start one place behind him on the grid, but joy the German has previously savoured on this circuit means his British counterpart best be wary here.
Only Fernando Alonso has won more races at the International Circuit than the Ferrari man and the fact that just one of the previous seven drivers to have started at the top of the grid in the Gulf have gone on to claim the checkered flag offers those siding with Vettel additional cause for enthusiasm.
He surpassed the Stevenage speedster from the same spot in the Malaysian instalment earlier this season, crossing the finish line first after being the second quickest qualifier, while his previous victory in the desert back in 2013 came when starting second to Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.
Vettel’s countryman can be backed at a sizeable 13/2 for success here and having not missed out on a podium in any of the opening three races of the 2015 campaign, he can’t be entirely discounted.
However, the former Red Bull ace’s experience around this circuit and Rosberg’s apparent inferiority to Hamilton within camp Mercedes casts plenty of doubt on his prospects for success.
It renders a price of 31/50 that Vettel wins the head-to-head between the two German drivers excellent value indeed.
Those who back each of the aforementioned trio to dominate the podium once again looks decent value at even money too, but the best punt of the lot is the 65/100 on offer about Hamilton and Vettel claiming the gold and silver spots in any order.