Betting odds illustrate Mercedes’ dominance

Lewis Hamilton versus Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton versus Nico Rosberg

It has been a good year, to say the least, for the Mercedes Formula 1┬áteam. At present, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton sit first and second, respectively, in the standings for the Driver’s Championship. Obviously, a Constructors Championship is all but assured for the team as well. True dominance is the name of the game for Mercedes in 2014, and many are taking notice, including the bookmakers.

In their preview of last weekend’s German Grand Prix the folks at Gambling.com had Hamilton at a 5/7 favorite to win the event, with Rosberg at 15/8. The article doesn’t even discuss the possibility of someone else edging out the Mercedes drivers for the top spot, such is the faith in the pair.

That faith seems wise after the race at Hockenheim, as Rosberg won from the pole position by a leisurely 20 seconds and Hamilton found a way to finish on the podium in third place despite a crash during Qualifying forcing him to start from the 20th position. Hamilton came within seconds of finishing second despite beginning at the tail end of the pack, solidifying himself as a premier racer in F1 this season.

Only one driver not suiting up for Mercedes, Red Bull‘s Daniel Ricciardo, has even won a race this year, a victory that has him in third place in the standings-84 points behind Rosenberg and 70 behind Hamilton.

Australian Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg

Australian Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg

The level of success Mercedes is experiencing this year is incredible, particularly as it has come at the expense of the four-time defending champion (who is currently sixth in the standings) Sebastien Vettel and Red Bull. Still, Red Bull are a talented team with a pair of world-class drivers, so certainly they can’t be counted out, right?

Wrong, at least according to the oddsmakers. The Red Bull drivers are the two with the best odds after Hamilton and Rosberg, and still can’t garner odds better than 125/1 for Vettel and 100/1 for Ricciardo. Those are the same sort of odds teams like Switzerland and Ivory Coast were given heading into the recently concluded football World Cup.

So high is the level of faith in the Mercedes team, in fact, that most sportsbooks have started offering special betting sections with names like “Winner w/o Hamilton/Rosberg” and “Winner w/o Team Mercedes” just to encourage diversity in the betting market.

Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix

Perhaps nowhere is the disparity between Mercedes and everyone else more telling than in the Constructors Championship odds. Having already won 10 races with just nine left to run, Mercedes has odds as mind-boggling at 1/750 to take home the Constructors title. Red Bull and Williams are both at 66/1, with every other team holding incredibly steep 1000/1 odds. Such is the (understandable) faith in Mercedes’ lead and continued dominance.

After Rosberg kept Germany celebrating with his win on home soil this weekend, he has given himself a bit of a cushion on his teammate heading in to Hungary. At present some books have Hamilton as the favorite for the drivers championship, while others are finally putting Hamilton on top.

The two are also the favorites at Hungary, with Hamilton holding a slight edge on Rosberg. Heading into the back half of the season, a heated competition between these teammates appears to be in the offing, and should provide dramatics race by race.

In addition to the drama between Hamilton and Rosberg, Mercedes has had a historic first half of the season on the track, in the standings, and in the sportsbooks. Following to see if they can continue putting up such astounding figures will provide even more entertainment going forward. (GP247)