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Indian F1 betting preview: Can anyone stop Sebastian Vettel?

by Sean Goff | October 26, 2012

By Lee Dover

The first half of the Formula One (F1) season was so unpredictable it had fans on the edge of their seats.

Seven different drivers won the first seven races including underdogs like Romain Grosjean, Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado fought their way onto the winner’s podium.

But normal service soon resumed and the last events in Singapore, Japan and Korea – have all seen Sebastian Vettel take the chequered flag.

These three victories was a return to the German’s dominance in the sport as the Red Bull driver shot up the rankings and replaced Fernando Alonso at the top.

F1: India circuit

START YOUR ENGINES:  Speed, gear figures and key statistics (pic: Graphic News)

Such momentum, on top of the fact that Vettel was the winner of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix last year, makes it little wonder that he is odds-on in Paddy Power’s online betting to celebrate another win in New Delhi on Sunday.

There’s a few who are capable of denying Vettel’s bid to become a three-time F1 champion and one is his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.

The Australian may be 63 points behind his team-mate with only 100 points up for grabs, but he’s not going to allow Vettel just cruise to victory.

Webber said:

If I have a chance to win –  I’ll go for it. Mathematically I have a chance. If I’m in the lead this weekend then I’m not pulling over for anyone. That’s it.

Alonso must have been kicking himself when he saw his lead at the top of the drivers rankings slowly eroded – before being overtaken as top dog.

Sebastian Vettel

VETTEL DO NICELY: Sebastian salutes his fans after winning in Korea (pic: Getty Images)

He may be down, but the Spaniard is certainly not out just yet, saying:

There’s four races to go and we have nearly the same points as Vettel, let’s say, and we have all the possibilities open for the Championship.

The only way Alonso – second favourite with Paddy Power to win on Sunday – can justify that statement is by winning the Indian Grand Prix.

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