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F1: Alonso out to reclaim Korea crown from Vettel

| 30.09.2013

Having won two of the three races held in Korea champion elect Sebastian Vettel will be full of confidence as the F1 season heads to Yeongam once more.

The German goes into the race with a 60-point lead in the drivers’ standings having won four of the last five races including all three in the build up to Korea.

Vettel again starts as favourite and is priced at 8/11 to take the chequered flag at the Korea International Circuit, but at 5/1 it is Fernando Alonso who represents the best value.

The Spaniard finished second in Singapore, just ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, with the Finn confirmed as his team mate at the Italian powerhouse next term.

With Kimi breathing down his neck, the fight for supremacy is well and truly on, as both drivers rightfully believe that he, rather than his counterpart, will be Ferrari’s number one for 2014-15.

It is this added incentive that should see Alonso push Vettel even harder for a place at the top of the podium and in being the only other driver to cross the line first in Korea, the Ferrari man has proven his ability on this track.

Outside of the obvious top two, Britain’s Lewis Hamilton should also attract a lot of attention having taken second here last year.

The Silver Arrows ace has performed better than expected this term and when conditions and mechanics have been in sync the 2008 champion has proven more than capable of eclipsing even Vettel.

The race winner is unlikely to come from outside of this group of three, and factor in Hamilton’s propensity for securing pole and the 11/2 on him winning is a very tempting price.

Away from the podium, headline grabber Mark Webber should also provide race fans with some extra value this weekend courtesy of his controversial antics in Singapore.

The Aussie hitched a lift back to the pits on the side of Alonso’s car and was subsequently handed a 10-place penalty start for this race.

This has pushed the Red Bull man out to 33/1 to win here but with a starting place as low as 16th in the offing the odds on a top 10 or even a top six finish will certainly warrant inspection.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.