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F1: Fernando Alonso 10/1 in Without Max Verstappen market

Having made a positive start to the 2023 F1 season, popular Aston Martin veteran Fernando Alonso is priced at 10/1 in our 'Without Max Verstappen' market.

With Max Verstappen having enjoyed a commanding start to the 2023 F1 season, winning three of the first five races, the Dutchman looks like he will be difficult to stop in his pursuit of a third consecutive Drivers' Championship crown this season.

Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez has also got his season off to flyer, nestling in second place in the drivers standings having won in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan, and the Mexican is currently odds-on at 1/7 in our Without Max Verstappen market.

The battle for second place in the standings behind Verstappen may just prove to be more compelling than the quest for the number one spot in light of the 25-year-old's dominance, with a number of drivers likely to back themselves to finish as runners-up should the Dutchman come out on top.

Let's take a look at the field in our 'Without Max Verstappen' odds market:

Sergio Perez

Latest odds Without Max Verstappen - 1/7

Verstappen's Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez has been his strongest competitor so far this season, winning both of the races the Dutchman has failed to in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan.

After placing third in the overall drivers' standings last year, Perez looks primed to improve on this achievement this year should he keep up his early season form. 
 

Fernando Alonso

Latest odds Without Max Verstappen - 10/1

An enticing shout at 10/1 Without Max Verstappen, 41-year-old two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso has been tipped to go well this year with the Aston Martin car looking in impressive shape.

Age-defying Alonso has performed well so far this season, with four podium finishes in the first five races likely to have boosted the confidence of the skilful Spaniard ahead of the rest of the campaign.

Lewis Hamilton

Latest odds Without Max Verstappen - 10/1

Regarded as one of the best F1 drivers of all time, Lewis Hamilton endured his first ever season in F1 without a race win last term as he eventually placed sixth in the drivers' standings, behind Mercedes teammate and compatriot George Russell in fourth.

The early signs are not good for Mercedes in the 2023 season, either, with Hamilton registering just one podium finish so far and bemoaning the quality of his car, but the 38-year-old Brit has proved his doubters wrong before.

Charles Leclerc

Latest odds Without Max Verstappen - 25/1

Last year's distant runner-up to Verstappen in the Drivers' Championship, winning three races along the way, 25-year-old Charles Leclerc was backed to lead the chasing pack to Red Bull's Dutch dynamo at the start of this season.

Leclerc's 2023 F1 campaign could not have got off to a worse start, however, after being forced to retire in both Bahrain and Australia.

George Russell

Latest odds Without Max Verstappen - 200/1

Hamilton's teammate George Russell enjoyed a strong maiden campaign with Mercedes last term, finishing in fourth place in the overall drivers' standings whilst securing his first podium finish in the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

The 25-year-old year old will hope to back this form up this season, despite ongoing concerns surrounding the level of the Mercedes car.

Carlos Sainz Jr

Latest odds Without Max Verstappen - 200/1

Finishing in fifth place in the drivers' standings last year, Ferrari's Carlos Sainz was able to secure a respectable fourth place finish in the opening Grand Prix of the season in Bahrain.

An outsider in this market, it appears a tough ask for the Spaniard to usurp his Ferrari teammate Leclerc and the rest of the chasing pack to Verstappen this season.

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