The final race of this year’s Formula One campaign is incredibly exciting as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg slug it out in Abu Dhabi with double points – and the little matter of the world championship – on the line.
It’s been a dominant season for Mercedes, with the duo winning all but three of the previous races and they head into this final showdown separated by just 17 points in the standings. With 50 points available to the race winner there are numerous permutations on what each driver needs to do relative to the other in order to secure the glory. For Hamilton the key stat is simple – finish second or above and a second Drivers Championship is his.
Hamilton looked to have all but secured the crown after five consecutive wins left him well clear at the top of the standings but a mistake last time out allowed his rival – and former friend – to claim the win and close the gap to the current 17 points. Rosberg will surely feel he has to win and that could add pressure but equally he may feel that as the underdog he has little to lose. Hamilton has more experience of such a crucial situation and has been in similar positions twice before, losing one and – thanks to a final-corner overtaking manoeuvre that will live long in the memory – winning the other.
Whatever happens, the battle in Abu Dhabi is a fitting climax to a remarkable season and whoever wins will have thoroughly deserved their victory.
To celebrate this wonderful battle Betfred are offering double odds on the race-winning driver if they also claim the fastest lap of the race. The maximum stake is £100 and should your selection win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and also post the race’s fastest lap, Betfred will pay you out at the standard odds before paying you out the same figure again as part of the promotion within 48 hours of the race ending.
It’s a simple enough offer and given that either Hamilton or Rosberg will surely win and that whoever wins has a great chance of recording the fastest lap, it could be a lucrative one. Just place your bet before the race using real cash in order to be eligible for the offer.
As to which driver to back, Hamilton is currently the favourite at odds of 4/5, with his German teammate available at 6/4. There really is little in it but on balance the experience of Hamilton means we have to favour the Brit. Of course, if you think the duo will take each other out – a result that wouldn’t be so bad for Hamilton – then backing an outsider could be worthwhile. Sebastian Vettel has a fine record in the desert and if he does the double 66/1 would set you up nicely for Christmas!