Webber a Good Value Bet for the F1 Championship?

After topping the time sheets in first day of the final pre-season test, Webber looks to be a good value bet to win the 2010 F1 Championship. Webber himself is optimistic, saying he believes that the Red Bull team is in better shape than other teams.

Jenson Button won the championship last year, but he did most of the work in the first half of the season, winning six of the first seven races, and failing to win a race after that. Webber won two races in the second half of the season and ended fourth in the championship. Below are the race results and final standings last season.

2009 Race Results

Grand Prix Date Winning Driver Team
Australia 29/03/2009 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
Malaysia 05/04/2009 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
China 19/04/2009 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault
Bahrain 26/04/2009 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
Spain 10/05/2009 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
Monaco 24/05/2009 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
Turkey 07/06/2009 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
Great Britain    21/06/2009 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault
Germany 12/07/2009 Mark Webber RBR-Renault
Hungary 26/07/2009 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
Europe 23/08/2009 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes
Belgium 30/08/2009    Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
Italy 13/09/2009 Rubens Barrichello    Brawn-Mercedes
Singapore 27/09/2009 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
Japan 04/10/2009 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault
Brazil 18/10/2009 Mark Webber RBR-Renault
Abu Dhabi 01/11/2009 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault


2009 Driver Standings

Pos     Driver Nationality    Team Points
1 Jenson Button British Brawn-Mercedes 95
2 Sebastian Vettel German RBR-Renault 84
3 Rubens Barrichello Brazilian Brawn-Mercedes 77
4 Mark Webber Australian    RBR-Renault 69.5
5 Lewis Hamilton British McLaren-Mercedes 49
6 Kimi Räikkönen Finnish Ferrari 48
7 Nico Rosberg German Williams-Toyota 34.5
8 Jarno Trulli Italian Toyota 32.5
9 Fernando Alonso Spanish Renault 26
10 Timo Glock German Toyota 24
11 Felipe Massa Brazilian Ferrari 22
12 Heikki Kovalainen Finnish McLaren-Mercedes 22
13 Nick Heidfeld German BMW Sauber 19
14 Robert Kubica Polish BMW Sauber 17
15 Giancarlo Fisichella Italian Ferrari 8
16 Sebastien Buemi Swiss STR-Ferrari 6
17 Adrian Sutil German Force India-Mercedes 5
18 Kamui Kobayashi Japanese Toyota 3
19 Sebastien Bourdais    French STR-Ferrari 2
20    Kazuki Nakajima Japanese Williams-Toyota 0
21 Nelsinho Piquet Brazilian Renault 0
22 Vitantonio Liuzzi Italian Force India-Mercedes    0
23 Romain Grosjean French Renault 0
24 Jaime Alguersuari Spanish STR-Ferrari 0
25 Luca Badoer Italian Ferrari 0


Webber’s teammate Vettel is one of the favourites to win the title, with 6-1 odds on Sportsbet. While I think he has a better chance of winning than Webber, I feel the available odds on Webber provide better value. For anyone with a Betfair account, you may be able back Webber now and lay a bet against him at lower odds at a later date if he has a good start to the season.

Sportsbet currently offers the best odds on Webber at 15-1. At the time of writing, Betfair has 12.5-1 odds and Bet365 is offering 11-1 odds. It just goes to show that it pays to shop around!

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