British Grand Prix Betting: Hamilton All Set For Silverstone Hat-Trick


One British driver tends to get most of the attention in F1 these days - reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton. Unsurprisingly, he is favourite to win his home race for a third time this weekend, with odds of just 1.50.

 

McLaren's tough year

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The other British world champion in the field has featured far less frequently in this column. Since his last victory at the end of the 2012, Jenson Button has seen his McLaren become progressively less competitive, and his most recent race in Austria was arguably a new low.

Extensive repair work on his McLaren meant Button received a 25-place grid penalty - a tall order given there are only 20 cars in F1 today. Unable to serve it all, he was therefore given a further penalty for the race. Having served this he was just about to get stuck in when a sensor failure forced him out.

Button has stood on the podium 50 times during his Formula One career, but never at his home race. He came desperately close last year - crossing the line less than nine-tenths of a second behind Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull - but the prospects of him doing so in his 16th appearance are virtually nil. His odds on a top-three finish on Sunday are 301.0.

Much was expected from McLaren's first year with Honda power, but so far the team has taken a lot of pain. Of their two world champion drivers, Button is the only one to have scored points so far, with eighth place in Monaco.

If the MP4-30 stays reliable and he avoids any more pre-race penalties, his prospects of a points finish at home are reasonable. He and Alonso have odds of 5.00 for a top ten finish. But yesterday Honda indicated they are still investigating the failure which ended his race in Austria. If another unit is needed, that will mean another grid demotion and possible race penalty.

 

Rosberg's Silverstone form

Hamilton may be the race favourite but team mate Nico Rosberg has won three of the last four grands prix. He also won this race in 2013, took pole position for it last year, and was on his way to victory when his car broke down. Hamilton therefore will not underestimate the threat from his team mate, who is on odds of 2.35 to win.

 

Ferrari outsiders

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The odds on success for the Ferrari drivers says a lot about their seasons so far. Sebastian Vettel, the only driver to beat Mercedes to victory so far this year, is on 12.00. He was close to them again in Austria, and had strong pace in the second half of the race, but a slow pit stop dropped him to fourth place.

Kimi Raikkonen has the same car underneath him, but his odds on victory are twice as high at 25.00. Austria was a dire weekend for him: spoiling a set of tyres in practice, dropping out in the first round of qualifying (for which he blamed his team) and crashing out on the first lap when he apparently lost control of his Ferrari by himself, taking Alonso out with him. However Silverstone is the type of circuit he tends to thrive on, providing he stays out of trouble on the first lap - where he also got in trouble last year.

However it's worth noting both the Williams drivers are on 5.00 to take another podium, as they've beaten Ferrari in the last two races, mainly due to errors by the scuderia and its drivers.

 

Keith Collantine is the editor of Formula One blog F1 Fanatic