Sebastian Vettel has been cut to Evens* to win the F1 drivers’ championship after victory at a dramatic Belgian GP.
Lewis Hamilton and Vettel broke clear at the start, leaving behind them a scene of devastation.
Two crashes effectively ended the races of five cars on the first bend, with Fernando Alonso’s McLaren sent flying over Charles Leclerc’s Sauber after being hit by Niko Hulkenberg’s Renault, taking all three out.
Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen also collided, with both drivers eventually retiring despite initially rejoining the race.
With the deployment of the virtual safety car delayed by several crucial seconds, Vettel took an early chance to overtake Hamilton and was able to pull away sufficiently to hold onto the lead for the remainder of the race.
Reigning world champion Hamilton is now the 5/6* favourite with Ladbrokes to win this year’s championship.
Next up is the Italian Grand Prix – Hamilton has won four times in the last six years at Monza. The most recent of Vettel’s three successes was back in 2013.
|*All odds quoted are subject to change|