Vettel eager to crash Hamilton party


With Lewis Hamilton having already wrapped up the World Championship, the Formula 1 season reaches a bit of an anti-climax on Sunday.

However, try telling that to Sebastian Vettel as he seeks to ends Ferrari’s hoodoo in Abu Dhabi.

The United Arab Emirates’ capital city is something of a second home for the Scuderia, with a theme park dubbed ‘Ferrari World’ right next to the Yas Marina Circuit, and yet they have never taken the chequered flag in the eight years the race has been on the F1 calendar.

The last three wins have, unsurprisingly, gone the way of Mercedes, with Hamilton having taken top spot on the podium three times in total during his illustrious career.

The now four-time world champion starts as the 20/33 favourite to win this year’s Abu Dhabi GP and, despite having little to race for, has shown no signs of slacking off, finishing fastest in second practice on Friday.

That was after Vettel had topped the timesheet in P1 and he certainly represents the better value at 5/2 for the win.

However, Abu Dhabi is not an easy place to overtake and, with Mercedes having the better one-lap speed, pole position could be so important.

Practice suggested there will not be much between the three top teams of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, an outfit who did have a good record in the UAE when they had Vettel behind the wheel.

With the all three teams close on the timesheet, Daniel Ricciardo at 15/1 and Max Verstappen at 11/1 look to offer good value. Be warned, though, as neither has even finished on the Yas Marina podium in the past.

Away from the fight for first, Force India look poised to have a strong weekend and Sergio Perez at 6/5 to finish in the top 10 takes the fancy.

McLaren, who end their disastrous partnership with Honda on Sunday, also looked good on Friday and Fernando Alonso at 5/2 to end up in the points is tempting.

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