Monday February 11th, 2002
World Champion Michael Schumacher is the odds-on favourite to clinch his third consecutive title in the 2002 season, according to British bookmakers William Hill.
Schumacher, who on Sunday took the new Ferrari F2002 to the track for the first time, won last year's title with a massive 58-point advantage over his closest rival David Coulthard, after scoring nine Grand Prix wins in a record-breaking season.
The German four-time champion was already the odds-on favourite at the start of the year, but William Hill have shortened their odds for Schumacher to win the 2002 title from 8/15 to 4/9 after he broke the Fiorano track record in his first test with the F2002 on Sunday.
William Hill are also offering 7/1 that Schumacher will win ten or more Grands Prix this year and 8/1 that he wins the first three of the season.
Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya was second favourite to win the title with 4/1, with teammate Ralf Schumacher third with 13/2, Coulthard fourth with 9/1, and Kimi Raikkonen and Rubens Barrichello fifth and sixth respectively.
Published at 15:50:34 GMT