With 11 races still to take place in the F1 season, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are neck-and-neck in the betting for the Drivers Championship – both at best odds of 11/10.
Most bookmakers price each of the two rivals at evens after Vettel extended his lead to 20 points by finishing second to Valtteri Botas at the Austrian Grand Prix – where Hamilton could only finish in fourth after his five-place grid penalty.
Hamilton – who was evens favourite at the start of the year – is now 11/10 with Sky Bet – while Vettel has shortened from his opening price of 4/1 to 11/10 at Betfair, as he has slowly established that lead at the top of the standings this season.
Bottas, whose victory in Austria was his second of the season, is a further 15 points behind his Mercedes team-mate Hamilton – and is the only other challenger for the title, but he is a 18/1 shot at Sky Bet ahead of this Sunday’s British GP at Silverstone.
If you think Vettel’s 20-point lead makes him a better bet at the same odds as Lewis Hamilton – it is worth remembering that the British driver has won his home Grand Prix in each of the last three seasons, while Vettel’s only win here was back in 2009.