FORMULA ONE BETTING – F1 TURKISH GRAND PRIX SUNDAY 11TH MAY 2008, 1PM BST START
Ferrari scored a solid one-two at the last round in Spain, but both McLaren and BMW Sauber came away from the Circuit de Catalunya, having finished third and fourth, feeling encouraged, and both expect to challenge the red cars in Istanbul this weekend.
Heikki Kovalainen has been cleared by doctors to race in the Turkish Grand Prix, giving McLaren a boost as it aims to snap Ferrari’s winning streak. The 26-year-old Finn was given a go-ahead for the race after undergoing medical checks by governing body FIA on Thursday, following his violent crash in Spain. A wheel failure caused a tyre on Kovalainen’s car to explode and send him barrelling into a wall at high speed. The crash left him in a hospital overnight with slight injuries, including concussion.
Seeing his car finish as “next best” behind Ferrari, McLaren and BMW Sauber in Spain must have taken a load off Red Bull’s Christian Horner’s mind, especially as team owner Dietrich Mateschitz made a rare visit to the race. Mark Webber’s fifth place at Barcelona doesn’t entirely compensate for Red Bull’s disappointing start to the season, but gives hope that the team are on their way to leading the “midfielders”.
Evs Kimi Raikkonen, 2/1 Felipe Massa (both SkyBet), 8/1 Lewis Hamilton, 14/1 Robert Kubica (both VCBet), 25/1 N. Heidfeld (William Hill), 33/1 Heikki Kovalainen (VCBet), Fernando Alonso (SkyBet), 125/1 BAR. E.W. terms 1/5, 1, 2, 3.
In addition to outright betting (and in running betting for the race), a range of bets are available from several online bookmakers. These include:
Podium Finish (to Finish in First 3)
1/4 Kimi Raikkonen, 2/7 Felipe Massa, 10/11 Lewis Hamilton, 13/8 Robert Kubica, (all SkyBet), 5/2 Heikki Kovalainen (Paddy Power), 3/1 N. Heidfeld (SkyBet), 5/1 F. Alonso, 20/1 Mark Webber, N. Rosberg (all Paady Power), 33/1 Jensen Button (SkyBet) 40/1 Bar.
Points Finish (to Finish in First 8)
1/5 Kimi Raikkonen (SkyBet), Felipe Massa (Paddy Power), 2/9 N. Heidfeld, Lewis Hamilton, (both SkyBet), Robert Kubica (Paddy Power), 1/4 Heikki Kovalainen (SkyBet), 1/2 Fernando Alonso (Paddy Power), 4/5 Jarno Trulli (888Sport), 10/11 N. Rosberg (Paddy Power), Evs Mark Webber (SkyBet), 2/1 Jensen Button (Paddy Power, 11/4 Nelson Piquet Jr. (Paddy Power), 3/1 BAR.
1/5 Ferrari, 5/1 McLaren, 8/1 BMW Sauber, 25/1 Renault, 80/1 Williams, Red Bull, Toyota (all Paddy Power), 125/1 Honda, 500/1 Force India, Toro Rosso (all 888sport).
First Car to Retire
Available with SkyBet.
9/4 Toro Rosso, 3/1 Force India, 7/1 Honda, 8/1 Red Bull, Toyota, 9/1 Williams, 10/1 Renault, 14/1 Ferrari, McLaren, 16/1 BMW Sauber.