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2016 Formula One Season Preview

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.

2015 Mexican Grand Prix

The track at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez may have changed a bit since we were last there - the famous Peraltada has been changed to allow for a new stadium section, and the esses coming down the back of the circuit have also seen some alterations. The speeds remain dramatic, though, and it looks like we may even see top speeds to rival those at Monza in tomorrow's race.

The new tarmac has caused some issues in free practice. Having only been finished three weeks ago the oil is still leaking out as it cures, and more than one driver found conditions slightly too slippery on Friday. There were some unusual complications with the DRS system too - re-engaging it at the end of the long straight caused snap oversteer for some drivers.

Of course, the biggest discussion before the weekend was about whether the new F1 power units could cope with the rarified air at altitude. So far it seems they are holding their own quite well. Kimi Raikonnen had an issue on his Ferrari which caused it catch fire, but having replaced a gearbox rather than the engine he only received a five place grid penalty.

The unluckiest man thus far this weekend has been Jenson Button. Having changed his engine after a problem, the replacement engine also developed issues which meant he was forced to miss qualifying. Fortunately the fifty place grid penalty for the first engine change meant that he was going to be starting from the back of the grid anyway, but all the lost running time due to his problems mean he has completed very few laps of this new circuit.

Qualifying gave us another pole position from Nico Rosberg, further cementing his place as the man with the most pole positions without a World Driver's Championship. It's not a record he likes and he will no doubt try to do his utmost next year to change it, but for now he plans to treat the last three races as a mini-championship he intends to win.

He's failed to convert his last three poles into wins, but we think this race might finally be his moment. The best place to back Rosberg is at Ladbrokes, who are offering odds of 5/4.

That said, Hamilton starts next to him in second place, and he has won the last three races (and, indeed, the championship) from there. He's looked indomitable this season, and he has a record of his own in sight - if he wins the last three races he will equal the record number of wins in a season, currently jointly held by Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.

The best place to back Hamilton is at StanJames, at a market leading 6/5.

Finally, Red Bull have been impressive over the last few races, and the thinner air might actually play into the hands of their underpowered Renault engine. Daniil Kvyat is starting fourth on the grid with a car that should hold up well in the race.

It's a slightly outside bet, but we fancy him to finish on the podium. The best place to back it is at SkyBet, who are offering a decent 7/2.

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