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Don’t Leave Kimi Alone in Abu Dhabi Thursday 26th November 2015

Nico Rosberg may be putting together an impressive string of pole positions and race wins at the end of the 2015 World Championship, but it’s still not enough to dislodge Lewis Hamilton as the bookies’ favourite.
Critics of the German driver are saying that Rosberg is only performing well now that Hamilton has his third world title in the bank and the pressure is off. However with wins in Mexico and last time out in Brazil Paddy Power only have Nico as second favourite for a win at the season finale in Abu Dhabi at odds of 6/5. Lewis is still out front with odds of 5/6.

The only other serious contender for a win at the Yas Marina circuit is the dogged Sebastian Vettel at 9-1. Vettel has had to give up his hopes for second place in the title race to Nico Rosberg, but the key fact of the season is that even if Vettel or Rosberg won in Abu Dhabi, between them they would still not have won as many races as Lewis Hamilton (10).

Further back in the betting for Yas Marina is Kimi Raikkonen at 40-1 and he certainly represents OffonF1.com’s cheeky-little-punt suggestion for this race – an each way bet may shorten the odds, but a different strategy could pay dividends in a race often interrupted by the Safety Car. Raikkonen is great in Abu Dhabi. “Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing!” is one of the classic quotes he gave when responding to pressure from the Lotus pitwall in 2012. In a dramatic race Raikkonen kept at bay the rampaging Ferrari of Fernando Alonso to record his first win in F1 since 2008.

In a raced interrupted by Safety Cars his Lotus pitcrew kept reminding him to warm his tyres, to which Kimi responded: “Yes, yes, yes, yes. I’m doing it all the time. You don’t have to remind me every second.”

To celebrate the win (and to show that beneath the Finnish deadpan there is a sense of humour) he got 500 T-shirts printed out with his new catchphrase and took them to the Lotus factory to hand out to the team. A key piece of Kimi memorabilia!

Bets we’d like to see Paddy Power create some odds for

  • What are the chances that the (driving) gloves will truly come off between Rosberg and Hamilton at the first tricky corner at Yas Marina. Ever since Nico threw that cap At Lewis he’s been spoiling for a fight. Seb’s been suggesting that they should try and take each other out.

  • Will Alex Wurz take over as team principal at Manor? Ex-McLaren team chief, the very experienced Dave Ryan will be welcomed back to the paddock in 2016, and together with Wurz would make a very experienced pairing.

  • With cuts to the BBC’s sports budgets – what’s the likelihood that we only get highlights packages, as the corporation do with Match of the Day, in 2016. Have we seen the last of Eddie Jordan’s rambles?