Vettel looking to tighten his grip in the Emirates

Updated: November 1, 2012

Sebastian Vettel continues his quest to become the youngest triple world champion in history this weekend in Abu Dhabi, as he attempts to make it 5 consecutive wins this season, and his third at the Yas Marina circuit. Round 18 of the Formula 1 world championship also sees Fernando Alonso looking to secure further championship points, and in the process keeping his hopes alive of a third world championship.

Last week in India it was again Red Bull that locked out the front of the grid, with Vettel winning from pole and Webber holding off a defiant Lewis Hamilton to clinch third, and more points towards yet another pending constructors title for the Swiss team.

At the Buddha International Circuit it was damage limitation for Fernando Alonso when he secured second place, however with 3 rounds to go the Spaniard now sits 13 points behind the German. Despite Vettel’s dominance in recent rounds, there were some encouraging signs for Ferrari over race distance in India, however it is difficult to see anything other than Red Bull unreliability stopping the “Raging Bull,” of Vettel securing a third consecutive title, especially on a circuit he has already won twice on.

Last years winner in the Emirate, Lewis Hamilton and team mate Jenson Button, still believe they have a chance of clinching the constructors title for McLaren. Red Bull lead by 91 points with 407 ahead of Ferrari on 316 and McLaren on 306, and will take the title if they leave Abu Dhabi with a lead of 86 points, or 87 if a McLaren driver wins the race. Improved performance from the Woking based outfit, could delay any potential pit lane celebrations for Christain Horner and his team this week.

Vettel himself is gunning for more history before the end of the season. Since he took the lead in Singapore, he has led for 205 consecutive race laps, only 100 shy of Alberto Ascari during his dominant era.

2BET2 gives you the opportunity of betting on the winning constructor, and the outright winner this weekend. Here are some the odds.


Red Bull 2/5, McLaren 13/4, Ferrari 9/2

Race winner;

Sebastian Vettel 5/7, Fernando Alonso 5/1, Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber both 6/1, Jenson Button 12/1