Fernando Alonso stretched his lead in the drivers' championship to 24 points following his success in the German Grand Prix on Sunday and, for the first time this year, the Spaniard has gone odds on at 4/5 with BetVictor.com
for the F1 2012 Championship as he bids to add to the titles he won in 2005 and 2006 with Renault.
The F1 summer break beckons but not before the Hungarian GP this weekend from Budapest's Hungaroring circuit - a track low on overtaking opportunities, where qualification and tyre management are likely to be key to the outcome of the race.
Alonso drove magnificently from the front at Hockenheim although Saturday's rain and a wet circuit for qualification certainly helped his cause. To drive 67 laps, however, with less than a two second gap to World Champions past and present in, arguably, faster cars showed his true class.
Jenson Button will have taken great heart from his second place finish but it was a weekend that ended in disappointment for Sebastian Vettel, who was demoted from second to fifth courtesy of a 20 second penalty for an overtaking manoeuvre on JB that the stewards' took a dim view of.
Of the others Lewis Hamilton also had a weekend to forget after that puncture. There were periods when he was the fastest driver on the track on race day as Vettel found to his cost when the McLaren driver unlapped himself. Vettel subsequently described Hamilton's actions as stupid, although there is nothing in the regulations to say he did anything wrong.
Given a dry weekend the Ferrari is probably not as quick yet as the Red Bull or even the McLaren but track conditions, reliability and the genius that is Alonso has led to his substantial lead at the halfway point in F1 2012.
With a four-week break after Budapest, until the trip to Belgium in late August, Red Bull will be looking to get back to winning ways this Sunday. Vettel is 3/1 favourite at BetVictor.com
along with Alonso, while Hamilton is 9/2, Button and Webber 9s and the Lotus' of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen 14s.
Another win for Alonso and the Spaniard will have one hand on the Drivers' title. Vettel is currently 44 points behind as he seeks his third title in succession and victory at the Hungaroring would give the German a timely boost. If Vettel again finishes behind the Ferrari of Alonso in Budapest all at Red Bull will be aware they face a difficult task in the second half of the season to claw back the lead that the mercurial Spaniard has built up.
Once again it promises to be a fascinating race and we will have all the action covered from P1 on Friday morning through to the chequered flag on Sunday afternoon.
For the Hungarian Grand Prix, BetVictor.com
offers the following on who will win the race*:
Sebastian Vettel 3/1
Fernando Alonso 3/1
Lewis Hamilton 9/2
Jenson Button 9/1
Mark Webber 9/1
For the F1 title, in terms of who might win, BetVictor.com
Fernando Alonso 4/5
Sebastian Vettel 5/2
Mark Webber 6/1
Lewis Hamilton 11/1
* Odds correct at time of going to press, but are subject to change
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