Formula One makes it’s long anticipated return with some big changes on the car and behind the wheel for 2010. Formula One has developed a new car with numerous changes, as detailed in the story Formula One Rule Changes and Differences for 2010.
As the Formula One teams travel to Sakhir, Bahrain for the Bahrain Grand Prix this Sunday, there are many interesting new story lines for the 2010 Formula One season. Michael Schumacher, emerging from retirement and returning to Formula One with Mercedes GP, instead of his familiar Ferrari team, was the first of many surprises to start the 2010 season.
The United States Formula One entry has now been scrapped for 2010 and may not be able to field an entry in 2011 either. The open spot will not be filled by Formula One even though there has been an offer to fill the spot left open by United States F1. The disappointment of another year without a United States entry will still not hamper Formula One in 2010.
2009 Formula One Champ, Jenson Button, attempting to defend his championship and seven time Formula One Champ Schumacher returning to try to capture his eighth championship will provide the drama, along with Lewis Hamilton trying to erase the memory of his sub par 2009 Formula One season.
The following will be the three best bets for the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix and we aren’t taking the favorite Fernando Alonso at 5-2.
Best bet Jenson Button 12-1.
Jenson Button the defending Formula One champion is a good bet even though many aren’t giving him much of a chance with his new team. Jenson is now a teammate of 2008 Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and the two Englishmen will be scrutinized all season long. Many, including Sir Jackie Stewart, do not think moving to McLaren with Hamilton was Button’s best move. He will prove his doubters wrong in his first race and not only make the podium but win the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Second best bet Felipe Massa 7-1.
The Brazilian Felipe Massa wants to make sure Michael Schumacher does not steal his thunder in Bahrain. Massa and Ferrari have been looking forward to Bahrain for five months now and it will be interesting to see if Massa can live up to the promise of bringing Ferrari back to greatness in the shadow of Michael Schumacher. Massa is a solid play at 7-1, over teammate Alonso at 5-2. Schumacher may receive a lot of betting attention and Massa’s odds may go up, possibly to 10-1.
Long shot bet of the day Rubens Barrichello 50-1.
The wily old veteran, Rubens Barrichello is still capable of winning. His switch from Brawn GP to Williams is partially the reason for his long odds. Don’t count out Barrichello, his last win was the Italian Grand Prix in 2009 and at 50-1 how can we not place a small wager on him. We did say small.
The following are the remainder of the field.
Fernando Alonso 5-2.
Lewis Hamilton 4-1.
Sebastian Vettle 9-2.
Michael Schumacher 7-1.
Mark Webber 12-1.
Nico Rosberg 15-1.
Kamui Kobayashi 50-1.
Robert Kubica 60-1.
Adrian Sutil 60-1.
Pedro De La Rosa 75-1.
Nico Hulkenberg 100-1.
Vitantonio Liuzzi 100-1.
Sebastian Buemi 500-1.
Jarno Trulli 500-1.
Timo Glock 500-1.
Heikki Kovalainen 500-1.