F1 season hotting up already ahead of fourth Grand Prix in Bahrain
After just three Grands Prix into the 2015, tension between drivers is already hotting up, particularly between Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton, who won in Australia and last time out in China, as well as finishing second in Malaysia, is the odds-on 1/2 favourite with Coral for successive triumphs in Bahrain. German Rosberg, who seemingly blamed Hamilton for slowing him down in China, meanwhile, is a 12/5 chance.
But the Brit brushed off the talk and has set his sights on the next race. “I was really buzzing after the result in China,” he said. “As always, though, my thoughts have been completely focused on the next race from the moment we left the circuit.
“It’s been a great start, but for me last season showed that you can never feel too comfortable and that’s even more the case this time around with Ferrari right there with us.
“I don’t actually have the best record in Bahrain compared to other circuits. Last year was my first win here and it was definitely one I’ll remember after a great fight with Nico.
“I’m in a good place right now,” Hamilton added. “The momentum is with me, so the target is to carry that on and hopefully repeat last year’s performance.”
But the world champion will need to be wary of another German, in Sebastian Vettel, who has already had a more successful season from his first three races in 2015 with Ferrari than the whole of 2014.
Vettel is a two-time winner in Bahrain and, after his success at the Malasian GP, is a tempting 7/1 shout for victory here again.
Another driver who enjoys the Bahrain International Circuit is Fernando Alonso, as he holds the record for the amount of wins. Unfortunately for him, though, his McLaren car has been nowhere near up to standards this season, as neither he nor teammate Jenson Button have scored points yet.
But if you fancy the Spaniard to cause one of the biggest shocks in sport given their past form, you can take huge odds of 1500/1 for him to finish first. Alonso is 150/1 to finish on the podium, meanwhile, and 25/1 to be in the top six.