Formula One goes to Austria: The 2015 Austrian Grand Prix takes place in Spielberg this Sunday 21 June, and it is the kind of event that a lot of motor racing fans are looking forward to, not least those in Austria.
Odds for the favourites
Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are joint favourites for the Formula One World Championship title as well as the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg. The two drivers go head-to-head for the second season in succession, but only one will prevail. Current World Champion Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth win of the season at the Canadian Grand Prix and is now on top of the drivers’ standings with 151 points, while Nico Rosberg has won two races and is 17 points behind in second place. Lewis Hamilton is the bookmakers’ favourite to win the Austrian Grand Prix with odds of 1.50, followed by Nico Rosberg with odds of 3.50. The son of 1982 World Champion Keke Rosberg is considered to be one of Formula One racing’s quickest and most consistent drivers and will be pushing himself to the limit when he attempts to beat team-mate Lewis Hamilton at this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg.
Odds for the rest of the field
There are other drivers who can take advantage of the team-internal duel between Hamilton and Rosberg and snatch the lead if they get off to a good start and stay in the race. One of the most promising of them is German driver Sebastian Vettel. The Ferrari ace is currently third in the standings with 108 points and in Canada he has shown with his great comeback what a fabulous driver he is. Vettel put in a gritty drive, starting from 18th on the grid and worked his way up through the field to finish fifth, one place behind team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. The Finnish driver is currently in fourth spot in the standings with 72 points and will also have a chance to secure a place on the podium. Ferrari are second in the constructors’ standings with 180 points but the question is if they are really quick enough to challenge Mercedes who have won 6 races so far and collected 285 points. Both Ferrari drivers are former World Champions and experts see them as dark horses but Sebastian Vettel has already shown that form is temporary and class permanent when the four-time world champion won the Malaysian Grand Prix and maybe he can spring another surprise in Spielberg.
Williams delivered a good performance in Montreal. Valtteri Bottas came in third after a strong drive and Brazilian Felipe Massa finished sixth in the second Williams. The fact that Williams have secured their first podium a race earlier than last season suggests that they are continuing to make steps in the right direction. Williams are currently third in the constructors’ standings with 104 points and have a good chance to get a place on the podium again.
Nico Hulkenberg earned four points for Force India by finishing eighth in the Canadian Grand Prix. He could have finished higher but the German driver was forced into a spin to avoid a collision with Sebastian Vettel. The bookmakers priced him as an outsider with extremely high odds of 1001.00 but anything can happen in a race, especially if there is wet weather or a safety car incident.