Next two races could see Raikkonen enter the title frame
Sebastian Vettel once again demonstrated why he is the best driver in the world as he secured his fourth victory of the season in Germany.
The win was his first in his home country, firmly ridding people of the suggestion that he cannot handle the Nurburgring.
The three-time world champion is now 34 points clear at the summit of the title race and looks in prime position to take a fourth successive crown in 2013, and is 1/6 to do so.
The German’s closest rival is Fernando Alonso, who has two successes under his belt this term but he has struggled in his Ferrari of late, with just one podium finish in four races since his triumph and home soil.
The 205 and 2006 champion is 7/1 to take the spoils in 2013 but his troubles behind the wheel recently make this a difficult price to entertain.
Kimi Raikkonen has been a consistent presence throughout the campaign but has failed to really get to grips with the Red Bull.
The Finn is 41 points adrift of the leader, and in all honesty most probably needs at least one Vettel retirement or horror show to allow him to make an assault on the Drivers’ Championship.
However, the Lotus driver will head to Hungary knowing that a victory could throw him right in to the mix.
Raikkonen has already registered a win here back in 2005, while favourite Vettel has never tasted victory around the Hungaroring.
The 2007 championship winner scored a second-placed finish in Mogyorod last year and if he can go one better he will be buoyant ahead of his favourite Grand Prix in Belgium.
This year’s Australian Grand Prix victor has won four times around Spa, more than any other man in this race and strong performances in the next two races could catapult him into a the title shake-up, making his 14/1 to snare a second championship tempting.