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GP Week : Issue 38
7th toyota Best 40:1 shortest 20:1 This one is a genuine surprise. Toyota hasn’t just looked good in testing, it’s looked far better than it has in any pre-season. There’s a genuine feeling of confidence at the team, and in a similar fashion to the faith being held over at Red Bull, lies the impression that with a clean sheet of paper on which to design the 2009 cars, Toyota has been given its strongest opportunity to catch up to the established order. 40:1 odds on a championship assault is a good looking price. If the car is as quick as the team seems to think, and Ferrari and McLaren are really struggling, there’s no reason why the first few races shouldn’t be contested between BMW, Brawn, Renault and Toyota. DRIVERS 13th timo Glock 14th Jarno trulli Best 100:1 Best 100:1 shortest 40:1 shortest 59:1 Both toyota drivers find themselves with longest odds of 100:1, and both may feel it worthwhile to put a few euros on themselves for the title. the thing is, with toyota feeling that it could genuinely challenge for the season-opening victories, it could get itself and its drivers into a pretty tidy position early on. and if the year is as close as many are expecting, even the smallest of early advantages could pay dividends. 8th Williams Best 125:1 shortest 66:1 Williams has gone about its testing in typically quiet and unassuming fashion, and have come out of it looking really rather good. Just as similar underdogs Toyota, Williams has designed a clever diffuser, taking full advantage of the new regulations, and this could see the team gain an advantage in the early races until the other teams catch up, or have the diffusers banned. The FW31 is a sleek looking car, and has gone well under the steady hand of Nico Rosberg, whose talent has yet to properly shine through in Formula 1. An unlikely team to challenge for the title in 2009, but competitiveness early on is not out of the question. Kazuki Nakajima’s incredible pace on the final day of testing seems to confirm that Williams could be the dark horse in Australia. 30 DRIVERS 14th Nico rosberg Best 150:1 18th Kazuki Nakajima Best 500:1 shortest 80:1 shortest 150:1 although only split by four places in the bookies’ overall estimations for the season, the difference in odds is pretty huge. it’s a reflection of the high esteem in which rosberg is still held, regardless of results, that he’s not closer to Nakajima’s odds, and his podiums in 2008 showed what he is capable of doing in the right circumstance. Both drivers need to reduce collisions.