As the Australian Grand Prix rolls round once again it's time for us to have a look at the odds available before the 2016 Formula 1 season gets underway. As ever, it's the Driver's Championship that's getting the most attention, and we've gone through the field to pick out the best odds we could find for you.
Coming into 2016 off the back of winning his third WDC title, and his second in a row, Lewis Hamilton remains the man to beat. He's also still driving the car to beat, with the Mercedes still looking to be the fastest motor in the field despite Ferrari's best efforts to catch up.
It might not be the best thing for the sport, but a third consecutive year of Hamilton dominance is probably the most likely outcome for the season. The odds are correspondingly low, though, and the best we could find were at BetFred, at 4/7.
Nico Rosberg has challenged his teammate unsuccessfully for the last two years, but after a fairly low key season for most of 2015 he suddenly came alive after Hamilton had clinched his title. Whether Hamilton had relaxed a little or Rosberg upped his game in determination not to look like a second driver, we don't know. If he can carry that form into this season, though, he's going to be closer to his teammate than ever before.
With the best car in the field this could potentially be Rosberg's year, and being priced much longer than his teammate makes him especially appealing to us. The best place to back him is at Coral, at a surprisingly tempting 3/1.
Outside of the two Mercedes drivers there are four previous World Drivers Champions in the field, plus no shortage of exciting young drivers who may well make champions in the future. Of the whole field, though, the only driver we would consider as a possible challenge to the Silver Arrows dominance is Sebastian Vettel.
There was evidence in the pre season testing that Ferrari have closed a significant chunk of the gap to Mercedes, and given that Vettel was able to challenge and win at times last season he's undoubtedly going to do more of the same this time round. He's definitely the outside choice for the championship, but there's still a chance he could do it. The best place to back him is at PaddyPower, who are offering a very reasonable 9/2.