Max Verstappen gets our five-star treatment in Sunday’s British Grand Prix, albeit our selection is not in the ‘win’ or ‘podium finish’ market. Instead it is the Even money in Bet365’s ‘without Mercedes’ market where the value is at.
Since becoming a Red Bull driver just five races ago, the young Dutchman had never out-qualified his teammate before Saturday. But out-qualify him he did going fastest in all three stages of the qualifying process and booking a third place on the starting grid.
A runner-up last time and famously becoming the youngest F1 race winner in May, Verstappen has outshone teammate Daniel Ricciardo despite starting behind him on every occasion.
Now, with an advantage from the get-go, he is expected to collect a bronze medal in a race where the Mercedes have a massive performance advantage and no other team, including Ferrari, seemingly have a chance based on practice and qualifying times.
Elsewhere, with just two of nine races in 2016 seeing an opening lap accident which induced the safety car, SkyBet’s 8/11 about there being no retirements on the opening lap is clearly out of line. But for a next best stay at Bet365 and have some of their 2/1 about 18.5+ finishers. On a season's average, 18.4 finishers is the line but Silverstone is a wide flowing track which does not spell disaster every time two cars touch. Furthermore it is kind on brakes and brake problems results in so many DNF’s at other circuits.
Since Silverstone was reshaped four of the six races here have seen 19 or more cars finish. Bonus!