Webber great value if he can overcome penalty at the Korean GP
In this era of robotic Formula One drivers Mark Webber, who will leave Red Bull at the end of the season in order to drive for Porsche in the FIA World Endurance Championship, sticks out like a bent wing mirror.
And the forthcoming Korean Grand Prix represents some interesting betting angles on the charismatic Australian that F1 fans should be aware of.
Despite sitting fifth in the drivers’ standings, Webber is available at 33/1 to top the podium with an each-way bet paying at 1/5 odds for a top three finish.
The reason for the long price is that the 37-year-old has been hit with a penalty due to catching a lift back to the pits on team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s car, after failing to complete the final lap of the Singapore GP due to engine failure.
This, his third offence of the season, means he will start 10 places further back from his qualification position which is clearly a huge disadvantage.
But does this justify the huge price? The race has never been won by anyone starting lower than third but having only been staged three times, the sample size leaves little for analysts to go on.
What can be assessed is that having registered four podiums this season, Webber has form. In fact he has only missed the top six on four occasions, finishing seventh twice and failing to finish at two other races.
Also, the Aussie knows this track well as evidenced by finishing second last year, behind Vettel, and third the year before.
There’s bound to be a large volume of traffic in front of him but if Webber can make a quick start or if other drivers find trouble then a price of 2/7 to finish in the top 10 and 8/11 for a top six finish could seem like a steal.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing