Fri, Jul 6, 11:41am by Staff Writer
Lewis Hamilton is the heavy favourite to claim his fifth consecutive British Grand Prix on Sunday in the 10th race of the 2018 Formula One season.
Hamilton is priced at $1.83 to win this weekend’s event after a week to forget, describing his retirement in Austria as “the worst race I can remember”.
Hamilton was left frustrated with his Mercedes team after he was forced to retire in Austria last weekend due to mechanical failure and surrender his lead atop the Drivers Championship.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel holds a one-point lead, with the German placing third in Austria.
He is $4.50 to win the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and extend his lead atop the standings.
In last year’s race, Hamilton dominated in qualifying and on race day. He started from pole position and left the field in his wake from the start on.
Max Verstappen also took a liking to the Silverstone track in 2017 and after starting from fifth, overtook Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel early in the race.
He faded thereafter, but the Dutchman has shown this season that he is capable of winning races and will be looking to back up his win in Austria last weekend.
The 20-year-old Red Bull Driver is $7 to win the British Grand Prix behind Bottas at $6. Bottas finished on the podium in second last season and is short priced at $1.62 to repeat that feat in 2018.
It was not an efficient race for Ferrari last season, with Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel both suffering tyre punctures during the race which requires attention.
That won’t be the case this year, with Pirelli providing custom-tyres for the circuit to avoid excess tyre wear which was the case last season.
This is not unprecedented as this Pirelli do this for the Spanish and French Grand Prix’s as well.
Both completed the circuit, with Raikkonen finishing third, but he was more than 30 seconds behind race winner Hamilton. The Ferrari veteran is $2.80 for another podium finish for Ferrari and $15 to win the race at Sportsbet.
It was a nightmare weekend for Mercedes in Austria, but with the quick turnaround to Silverstone there will be plenty of questions about the cars hydraulics issues and whether or not they have been resolved.
Daniel Ricciardo would have been buoyed by his Red Bull team winning their home Grand Prix last weekend and is $3.30 to finish on the podium and $11 to win the Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas will be keen to atone for another race which slipped from his grasp last weekend, with the Fin having terrible luck from race-winning positions all season. He should figure in the podium places, but history says that this is Hamilton’s race to lose.
Best bet- Lewis Hamilton to win at $1.83
F1 British Grand Prix Odds – Sportsbet
Lewis Hamilton $1.83
Sebastian Vettel $4.50
Valtteri Bottas $6
Max Verstappen $7
Daniel Ricciardo $11
Kimi Raikkonen $15
Top 3 Finish
Lewis Hamilton $1.22
Sebastian Vettel $1.33
Valtteri Bottas $1.62
Max Verstappen $2.40
Kimi Raikkonen $2.80
Daniel Ricciardo $3.30
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