Mercedes saw their perfect season ruined in Austria a fortnight ago and now head to Silverstone for the 70th edition of the British Grand Prix seeking to get back to winning ways. Lewis Hamilton usually saves his best performance for his home race and will be seeking to become the first man to win six British GPs on Sunday.
The reigning world champion is the 10/19 favourite to take the chequered flag at the Northamptonshire venue once again but it won’t be easy with the circuit playing to the strengths of Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel ruined Hamilton’s day last year but there may be no denying the Briton this time around.
The 34-year-old looked all set to break the record for British Grand Prix wins last year after claiming a fourth successive, and sixth overall, pole position. However, a collision with Kimi Raikkonen on lap one dropped Hamilton to 17th and although he battled back through the field, he had to settle for second behind Vettel.
The five-time world champion, who is joined by Alain Prost and Jim Clark with five British wins each, will be determined to make amends for the frustrations of 2018 and had been going very well before his fifth-place finish in Austria.
Hamilton had won six of the previous seven races before the events at the Red Bull Ring and there can be no doubt that Ferrari and Red Bull have closed the gap to Mercedes.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc just couldn’t hold on for a maiden victory in Austria but his steady improvement – posting three successive podium finishes – means a first win might not be far away. The Monegasque driver is 5/1 to take the honours at Silverstone, a shorter price than struggling teammate Vettel, who is 23/4.
McLaren go from strength-to-strength this season and made the decision to tie down both Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris to contract extensions this week. Norris will be driving in his first home Grand Prix and comes into the race off the back of a sixth-place finish in Austria.
Norris is 9/4 to make it back-to-back top-six finishes but it is his teammate who gets the nod having been the more consistent of the two men.
The Spaniard has five top-10 finishes, including two sixth places, from his last six starts and has spoken about his love for the Silverstone circuit in the build-up to this weekend’s event.
Renault have underwhelmed so far this season, scoring 32 points from 10 races. Big off-season acquisition Daniel Riccardo and Nico Hulkenberg have split those points evenly at 16 apiece with the latter posting a top-10 finish in two of the last three races.
The German loves the British Grand Prix, scoring points in his last six outings around the Northamptonshire circuit, and can continue that run this weekend.
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