The inside line on the European Grand Prix

For the last round of the championship in Canada, we suggested you put your money on a Michelin-shod Williams - possibly Ralf's because the odds were so good - and it so very nearly came off

The inside line on the European Grand Prix

But nearly is not good enough. The interesting thing for this weekend's European Grand Prix is that, despite the closeness of the Montreal contest, the odds on the Williams drivers at Nurburgring are still relatively long; Montoya at 6-1 and Schumacher Jr at 10-1.

At this race last year Michelin took too much of a gamble on soft tyres and they grained badly. Williams did not have time to scrub enough sets in and therefore had to go for a one-stop race. That magnified Ferrari's already substantial advantage.

But this year has been a lot closer, with Michelin looking good at recent races. Nurburgring attaches more emphasis to a car's aerodynamic performance, and will therefore ask more questions of the Williams FW25 than any of the previous three races. Because of this, Kimi Raikkonen might be a better punt if you're looking for a non-Ferrari bet, at odd of 13-2.

Then there's Renault. Fernando Alonso, mighty in Canada, can be had at 20-1, which might be worth at least an each-way bet. Or there's Jarno Trulli at 33-1. The Italian has had some rotten luck this year and it surely has to change sometime soon.

Elsewhere, Cristiano da Matta has been knocking on the door of points and only missed out in Canada when his car failed. The Brazilian would double your money with a place in the top eight.

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