Formula 1 Betting: Hamilton Slated To Repeat As 2015 Drivers Champion

The 2015 Formula One season is on the horizon and the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are being tipped to battle it out once again for the title. Hamilton is the headliner of the team and coming off his second F1 championship, but Rosberg isn't going down without a fight and there are a few other drivers that could pull off the upset. Here’s a preview of the 2015 Drivers Championship as well as the odds to win it:

The Favorites

Hamilton (-150) won a staggering 11 races last year en route to the title and while he had to retire from three races, he didn't finish lower than third in the races he ran. Hamilton and Rosberg (+250) bumped heads on a number of occasions as Rosberg felt Hamilton was getting preferential treatment, but Rosberg still had a great year with five wins and ten runner-up results. The two Mercedes drivers are probably going to go head-to-head more in 2015, and it will be interesting to see if they have equal equipment.

It should come as no surprise that Mercedes (-700) is a huge favorite when it comes to the constructors' championship, which they won for the first time in 2014. McLaren (+1200), Red Bull (+1200), Ferrari (+1200) and Williams (+1400) are all playing catch-up with the leaders right now.

The Sleepers

Fernando Alonso (+1400) and Sebastien Vettel (+1400) kick off the sleepers and they get the nod because of their championship experience as Alonso has won two F1 titles, while Vettel has won four. This means they can overcome the competitive advantage that Mercedes seems to have (or at least had in 2014), but their teams have to catch up and close the gap to make it a far fight; Alonso drives for McLaren, but failed to win a race for the first time since 2009. Vettel moved to Ferrari for the 2015 season and he was also winless for the first time since 2008.

Daniel Ricciardo (+1600) was the only other driver besides Hamilton and Rosberg to win in 2014, taking three checkered flags and the Red Bull drive also racked up five third-place finishes. Again, his team has to improve the car in order to give Ricciardo a more consistent ride, but he showed he could handle an improvement in technology in his first season with Red Bull after coming in with Scuderia Toro Rosso and he could make another jump in 2015.

Keep an eye out for Valtteri Bottas (+3300), who finished fourth in the standings behind Ricciardo and ahead of Alonso and Vettel, and he finished where he did because of his ability to bring the car home in one piece. Bottas, who drives for Williams-Mercedes, had just one retirement last year and he finished on the podium six times. He is still looking for his first career win in Formula One and it is partly due to his equipment, but Bottas is a talented driver who will break that duck sooner than later if a few things go his way.

2015 Formula 1 Grand Prix Futures - Drivers Championship

Lewis Hamilton -150

Nico Rosberg +250

Fernando Alonso +1400

Daniel Ricciardo +1600

Jenson Button +3300

Sebastien Vettel +1400

Valtteri Bottas +3300

Daniil Kvyat +5000

Felipe Massa +5000

Kimi Raikkonen +3500