Formula One comes to Silverstone this weekend with Sebastian Vettel with a comfortable lead at the top of standings after his victory in Canada three weeks ago.
We’re over a third of the way into the season and Fernando Alonso is Vettel’s closest challenger, but is 36 points behind.
Chances of a British Winner
In terms of Brits in the field, Lewis Hamilton is the closest challenger, but is fourth in the standings and trails Vettel by 55 points.
The 2008 World Champion is the most likely Brit to have any chance of victory this weekend although the Mercedes haven’t looked at ease on the high speed circuits, of which the new Silverstone circuit fits into that category.
Hamilton is fourth favourite to win the race at 9/1 with Stan James although perhaps a bet on him securing pole position on Saturday afternoon would be a more sensible option.
The Mercedes have looked quick on one-lap qualifying runs having claimed four out of the seven pole positions this season. A number of sites, including Betfred, are offering odds of 5/2 for Hamilton to secure pole on Saturday afternoon.
His team-mate Nico Rosberg is third favourite to be fastest in qualifying three, Bet Victor amongst a number of outlets offering 11/4.
Paul Di Resta is the next highest Brit in the driver’s standings going into the British Grand Prix, with a number of consistent finishes seeing him cemented eighth in the table.
The Scot is unlikely to win his first Grand Prix race this weekend but a safe bet would be backing him to finish in the points. The Force India has shown good race pace this season and Bet Victor are providing odds of 4/11 for him securing points on Sunday.
It’s been a torrid season for McLaren’s Jenson button who has only managed to amass 25 points so far this season. His best finish so far this campaign was fifth in China and he’d be delighted to be even on the podium on Sunday. Bet 365 offer the best odds on that happening at 14/1.
Outright Race Winner
It’s no surprise to see Vettel head the betting charts for race victory on Sunday. He has only ever won the British GP once, in 2009 and William Hill provide the best odds of 13/8 for him doing it a second time.
Alonso is second favourite for the race win which would see him close the gap on title rival Vettel. Ladbrokes are offering odds of 10/3 on him winning.
Last year’s winner Mark Webber is priced at 7/1 with Ladbrokes on making it back-to-back British wins whilst Kimi Raikkonen will be looking to end his recent blip and is priced at 9/1 by Ladbrokes on winning the race.
Successor to Webber
The biggest news this weekend is that Red Bull’s Mark Webber will retire from Formula One at the end of the season.
Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen is tipped to join Vettel at Red Bull and Ladbrokes are offering odds of 1/2 for him making the switch.
Team principal Christian Horner also says that Toro Rosso duo Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo are also on the shortlist as Webber’s replacement.
Toro Rosso are Red Bull’s second team and is took pathway Vettel took into the top team in F1. Coral are offering odds of 6/1 for Vergne to be the new Red Bull number two whilst Ricciardo is at 12/1 with Sky Bet.
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