British Grand Prix Betting Tips – 16th July 2017
There was some shocking news ahead of the 70th renewal of the British Grand Prix.
The owners of Silverstone, the race’s sole host since 1987, announced that they were activating a break clause in their contract making 2019 the last time the famous old track will host the British GP.
That decision has thrown the future of the race into doubt but this is no time for those involved to be thinking about anything other than securing the maximum number of points this weekend.
Those at the top of both the drivers’ and constructor’s championships desperately need points to hold off the competition and after dramatic recent races, F1 fans will be hoping for more thrills and spills.
Top Betting Tips
Lewis Hamilton is in need of a big win on home soil.
The Mercedes driver has won just one of his last four races and finds himself 20 points behind Sebastian Vettel. Luckily for Hamilton and his fans, he has a phenomenal record at Silverstone.
He’s won each of the last three races and a win on Sunday would see him go level with Jim Clark and Alain Prost with a record five wins.
Hamilton is odds-on across the board with the bookies but the 10/11 that Betfred are quoting still looks like good value.
He knows Silverstone like the back of his hand and therefore has an intimate understanding of when to push for the overtake and when to be more defensive. He’s had a couple of frustrating race weeks but he remains the best racer in F1 in many people’s eyes and should be able to claw back some of Vettel’s lead.
If you want a little more value about a Hamilton win, it could pay to back him to secure the hat-trick of a race win, pole position and fastest lap.
Mercedes have claimed pole position in each of the last four races at Silverstone and Hamilton is equally comfortable keeping the chasing pack at bay or speeding up to take places back should things not go to plan.
That makes the odds of 5/2 that Sky Bet are quoting on the Hamilton hat-trick look like good value.
While most people are focusing on Hamilton and Vettel’s battle at the top of the drivers’ championship, Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo both believe they’re in with a chance of winning F1’s biggest prize.
Of the two, Bottas looks the most likely to challenge the top two thanks to Mercedes’ record at Silverstone. So, have a bet on him finishing on the podium finish at 11/17 with Bwin.
Fernando Alonso has had a torrid couple of years with McLaren. The Spaniard is one of the best drivers of his generation but he’s been let down terribly by his car.
Still, he loves racing at Silverstone and providing he’s not affected by reliability issues, he could add to his measly points tally of two at 6/5 with William Hill.
The Track – Silverstone
The loss of Silverstone from the Grand Prix circuit would be a major loss for many reasons. One of the main ones is that it’s a track that tends to provide cracking races.
Last year’s race perfectly summed up the madness of Silverstone.
After the initial rain, the track became much more conducive for racing and we saw some brilliant and brave overtaking manoeuvres. Spins, breakdowns and safety cars were also thrown into the mix.
Known as a driver’s track, Silverstone is the sort of circuit which demands constant concentration through the fast turns which in turn help to make it one of the fastest tracks in F1.
- This week’s race marks the 70th year of the British Grand Prix, making it the joint longest running race with the Italian GP
- Going into the race, Sebastian Vettel is 20 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ championship and Mercedes by 33 points in the constructor’s championship
- The majority of F1 teams are based around Silverstone so it’s something of a home race for many people in the sport
- Lewis Hamilton has won the British Grand Prix just one time less than his team, Mercedes