British Grand Prix - Hamilton to win all apart from Fastest Lap?
Formula 1 comes home this weekend with the British Grand Prix staged at Silverstone. Since 2014 this race has been owned by Lewis Hamilton who has started from pole three times, set three fastest laps and, most importantly, won the race four times.
But Hamilton’s Mercedes had an equally impressive record heading in to the Austrian race last weekend and he was beaten long before his mechanical breakdown nine laps from the end of the race.
Regardless of how he fares in this Sunday’s race it has to be deemed improbable that Hamilton will set the fastest lap of the race. When leading a race he tends to ‘power down’, as he did in France, and when he is behind his car does not respond to turbulent air (known as dirty air) and his lap times suffer.
Thrown in the fact that he has not set a fastest lap in 15 starts now and you have to oppose the favourite in this market. Similarly Sebastian Vettel tends to protect his tyres when leading and he hasn’t claimed a ‘fastest lap’ in 11 starts either.
Resultantly, we recommend backing Bottas (7/2 William Hill), Daniel Ricciardo (9/2 Ladbrokes) and Max Verstappen (9/2 Paddy Power) as sensible alternatives to the top-two in the betting.
Seb start to finish?
Sebastian Vettel has not won the British Grand Prix since 2009 but for the past few years he has not had a car capable of doing the job. But his Ferrari has won three races this season (two from pole position) and consequently you have to love Bet365’s 5/1 about the German qualifying fastest and converting that advantage to a race win.
Top-10 for Renault
The Haas team enjoyed a rare double points finish last weekend. It was their first of the season. A one-from-nine record hardly sets the pulse racing or makes you want to take Bet365’s 11/10 about them repeating the trick.
But Renault have had ‘double points’ finishes five times and at this venue they should take that record to six – and the must be backed in the same market at 5/6 to get both cars within the top-10.