Hamilton result still makes McLaren best bet for constructors’ honours
McLaren have been cut to 2/5 to win the constructors’ championship following another good showing at the Malaysian Grand Prix and their performances in qualification in particular make them the safest option in this market at present.
The British team finished among the points again thanks to Lewis Hamilton’s third-place finish and they now hold a 13-point lead over Red Bull at the top of the constructors’ championship.
However, there is some cause for concern with Hamilton once again failing to convert a pole position into a victory for the second race in succession and the British driver still feels there are some relatively big changes that need to be implemented to ensure they can.
Hamilton said: “We’re still competitive but, in the race, I have to go and look at the pace of the other people. We need to improve our race pace, I think our race pace could be better.
“We could do with some more downforce. We are very quick in a straight line so I’m sure we can lose some efficiency and pick up some downforce.”
McLaren are looking in good shape though and, with Jenson Button winning the first race and Hamilton finishing on the podium in both of the opening two races, they will undoubtedly be in the mix come the end of the season.
Ferrari were the surprise winners of the Malaysian Grand Prix with Fernando Alonso guiding his car around the track to take him to the top of the drivers’ championship.
However, testing was fraught with difficult for Ferrari and there still remains problems with their tyres overheating – a problem that was somewhat elevated by the rain on Sunday.
Unless it rains at every race then the 20/1 offered for Ferrari to be top constructor looks a little too adventurous.
Finally, it was another disappointing weekend for Red Bull as reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel finished in 11th after a poor qualifying.
They remain confident that their current car issues will be resolved sooner rather than later though and, after their dominant display last year, the 2/1 offered for them to win the constructors’ championship shouldn’t be ignored.