Formula 1: Your complete guide to betting on the British Grand Prix


It's Britain's biggest motor racing event of the year this weekend and a huge crowd will descend on Silverstone to see if Lewis Hamilton can win again.

Are you taking a punt on the big race? Here's Unibet's guide to the options available.

 

Pole position

Mercedes have taken pole position for seven of the nine races so far this year, so betting against them may seem unwise. But Ferrari are getting closer: Valtteri Bottas headed Sebastian Vettel by just 0.042s on the grid in Austria last weekend.

By far the best value betting option for pole is Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari on 18.0. But keep an eye on his practice pace before committing - he wasn't at all competitive in qualifying last weekend.

 

Winner

Lewis Hamilton is bidding for a fourth consecutive British Grand Prix win this weekend, so it's no surprise his odds of winning are a paltry 1.7. But he'll have to keep a close eye on team mate Bottas who's won twice already this year (just one less than Hamilton). He is very keenly priced at 5.0 to win. 

 

Top two

If you're going to back Bottas to win, you could up your odds even further by picking the second-placed driver too. Bottas-Hamilton pays at 7.0 and Bottas-Vettel - last week's result - is 9.0. But if Ferrari look strong in practice then keep an eye on these odds: At the moment a Vettel-Raikkonen one-two pays 34.0. 

Safety Car

Betting on whether the Safety Car will make an appearance during the race can offer reasonable returns at some races, but here it pays a maximum of 2.20 if it stays in the pits.

 

Podium picks

There are few good value picks for a top three finish. The top six drivers from the big teams have all-but monopolised the podium positions this year, except for that crazy race in Baku where one of the Williams drivers made it onto the podium. As a result all those six pay out 3.75 or less.

 

Team-mate battles

The best value in the team-mate battles is on the Ferrari drivers: You can get 4.0 on Raikkonen to beat Vettel. Is it worth taking? Given that over the past 15 races Vettel has been ahead of Raikkonen every time both cars have finished, it's hard to recommend this one. However, Jolyon Palmer inflicted a surprise defeat on Renault team mate Nico Hulkenberg last weekend, and is on 3.50 to do the same again at his home track.

 

Fastest lap

We've saved the best until last. Raikkonen is the master of the late-race flying lap and the Ferrari usually comes on strong at the end of a stint. And his fastest lap odds are currently in double figures: The driver who's set more fastest laps than anyone in Formula One history bar Michael Schumacher is at 10.0 to do it again on Sunday. 

Keith Collantine is the editor of Formula One blog F1 Fanatic