Following the news that McLaren are to change the gearbox on the car of Lewis Hamilton, with the subsequent five-place grid penalty that will follow, betting for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix has been thrown into the air.
The thought is that McLaren will still hold sway in Shanghai and, as a result, it is Jenson Button who is Betvictor's
15/8 favourite. Hamilton was market leader at 9/4 ahead of the penalty but he has drifted out to 4/1 the same price as dual World Champion Sebastian Vettel whose 2012 season has not caught fire yet but the suggestion is the Red Bull will have benefitted from the three-week break since Malaysia.
Hamilton remains the 15/8 favourite for the 2012 Title, despite not being able to convert two poles into a win so far this term, with Button 9/4 and Vettel 10/3; Fernando Alonso coped with conditions better than his peers in Malaysia last time but at 9/1 for the Title and 8/1 for China he is largely ignored as the Ferrari is deemed uncompetitive at present unless the rains arrive and Alonso's brilliance shines.
Hamilton is 5/4 favourite to be quickest in qualifying (although he won't be on pole of course) with Button 7/2 and Vettel 6s; if you think there will be a shock Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg are both 6/1 to finish on the podium.
Sergio Perez, runner-up in Malaysia, is 12/1 for a podium finish.
have any number of specials on the race; at the time of writing you can get 4/6 that there is a safety car deployed during the race and 11/10 there isn't. Hamilton is 3/1 favourite to record the fastest lap during the race from teammate Button (7/2).
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