Ferrari Adopt Cautious Approach to Brazil
With just five days to go before the penultimate race in the 2010 Formula One season, Ferrari, the championship leaders, have said that they intend to adopt a cautious approach to both of the final races.
Currently the Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso leads the world championship chase by just eleven points ahead of Mark Weber of Red Bull who is himself ten points ahead of the British McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton with Sebastian Vettel, the second Red Bull driver a further four points behind. The other McLaren driver Jenson Button trails by a further sixteen points, and although he has a mathematical possibility of winning the championship he his very unlikely to do so.
There is no doubt that the Ferrari in its current configuration is very fast and very competitive. In fact the team is sufficiently confident in its performance that they do not intend making any significant changes prior to the race in Brazil, particularly so as not to compromise the car’s reliability. They do intend to carry out a few modifications to the aerodynamics but they will be minor as the primary objective is to finish the race even if that means not finishing first. Any podium finish will put Ferrari and Alonso in sight of the championship.
If Alonso does win in Brazil then it is possible that he could claim the championship though, unless we see another race in which Red Bull and McLaren self destruct, it is very unlikely. It will probably go right to the wire at the final race in the United Arab Emirates.
The bookmakers favour Alonso for the championship and he is priced at 4/6 by Euro Sport. Mark Weber is the second favourite at 5/2 and both Hamilton and Vettel are priced at 16/1. Although the odds on Jenson Button have shortened slightly, you can still find him offered at 300/1.