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GP Week : Issue 38
1ST FErrarI BEST 11:8 ShOrTEST EvEnS As reigning constructors’ champions, it is perhaps little wonder that Ferrari tops the bookies’ list of favourites for the 2009 crown. With 11:8 the best odds we could find online and their shortest odds being evens, the betting community certainly seems to think the Scuderia is a sure bet for the title. Entering its 60th year in Formula 1, the aptly named F60 was one of the first 2009 cars to be launched and over the winter has fared well. The team’s preparations may have been hampered by sandstorms at the Bahrain tests, but the car seems well adjusted. Only a slight fear over reliability seems to be of concern for Ferrari, and with 2008 rivals McLaren apparently struggling for speed the Italian squad will hope to pull out as great a gap as possible at the start of the season. DRIVERS 1st Kimi raikkonen 4th Felipe Massa Best 9:2 Best 11:2 Shortest 7:2 Shortest 4:1 Interestingly, even though Massa was the most competitive of the Ferrari drivers in 2008, he only ranks fourth favourite for the title in 2009. It is his team-mate Kimi raikkonen, who was so out of sorts in 2008, who leads the pack with a best price of 9:2. The new regulations seem to have created a car more to raikkonen’s liking than the wheels underneath him last season, and it is possibly this factor that sees him rank as the more likely option for the title. 26