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McLarens 12-1 to leave rivals behind.

Byline: Adam Scriven

WHEN Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton line up in their McLarens for the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, it will mark the first time since 1989 that a team has fielded two world champion drivers.

But Boylesports aren't convinced the relationship will be a lasting one. The Irish firm quote 6-4 that the British pair are not teammates at the start of next season. Twenty-one years ago, 1985 and 1986 champion Alain Prost sealed his third title by driving his McLaren into that of team-mate and 1988 hero Ayrton Senna, and Boyles quote 66-1 that we get an immediate repeat with Button and Hamilton colliding in Bahrain.

The pair should be fighting near the front judging from preseason testing lap times, and a McLaren 1-2 is quoted at 12-1. Boylesports will refund all losing outright bets on the race should Michael Schumacher make a winning return in the race for Mercedes.

New team Hispania field Ayrton Senna's nephew Bruno Senna along with fellow F1 rookie Karun Chandhok, but they failed to finish their car in time to participate in the winter running and Boyles quote 8-1 that both drivers will complete Sunday's race.

They expect Lotus to make the best start of the three new teams on the grid this year, quoting the Malaysian team at 5-4 to register a higher finishing position than fellow newcomers Virgin and Hispania in Sakhir.

Boylesports - Hamilton v Button: 6-4 to be team-mates next year, 12 to finish 1-2 in Bahrain (either order), 20 both to fail to finish in Bahrain, 66 to crash into each other in Bahrain.

New team to finish highest in Bahrain: 5-4 Lotus, 7-4 Virgin, 9-4 Hispania. New team to finish highest in constructors championship: 6-4 Lotus, 7-4 Virgin, 11-4 Hispania.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 12, 2010
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