British Grand Prix Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions
July 10, 2017
British Grand Prix Betting Tips
Valtteri Bottas earned his second victory of the year as he romped home to Austrian Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel. The Finnish driver dominated the course, finishing well ahead of fellow Mercedes man Lewis Hamilton who trailed all the way back in fourth, missing out on a podium finish.
Hamilton, infact, did reasonably well to take fourth spot as a weak qualifying performance left him starting in eighth place for the event. Following the result, Ferrari’s Vettel has a 20 point cushion in the Drivers Championship. 21/20 odds are still available on Vettel to secure the Championship with SkyBet, with 11/10 on show for second favourite Hamilton. Bottas is the only other real contender, though a price of 16/1 places him as an unlikely long shot.
Up next is the British Grand Prix in Silverstone on Sunday 16th July and Lewis Hamilton will feel confident ahead of the event. The Mercedes man has won at Silverstone four times previously and has dominated in the last three successive British Grand Prix races. He finished ahead of veteran Nico Rosberg last year, who could only manage a third place finish, though the German eventually fought back to nick his first Drivers Championship before retirement.
Vettel could only achieve a measly ninth place finish at last year’s event and has only won the British Grand Prix once previously, all the way back in 2009. He enters as second favourite for this race as a bitter rivalry between him and Hamilton continues to grow after events in Azerbaijan.
A controversial collision between the pair occurred just over a week ago as Vettel drove into Hamilton as the drivers prepared to restart the race after a safety car period. Vettel was awarded a 10-second penalty for his part, but a loose head restraint from the crash caused Hamilton to lose valuable time in pit stops resulting in a fifth place finish, one place behind the German.
Hamilton was furious about the whole event, informing the race director that Vettel’s punishment was ‘not enough for driving behaviour like that’. Vettel, meanwhile, accused Hamilton of ‘break testing him’ while Hamilton also stands accused of driving right beside Vettel and bumping his car.
Nonetheless, Hamilton is the easiest to favour at Silverstone in spite of two poor Grand Prix’s. At odds of 10/11 with Coral, Hamilton absolutely adores this course and the odds on offer could well shorten as the event draws closer. Austrian Grand Prix winner Valtteri Bottas could only muster up a 14th place finish at this event last year and doesn’t appeal any more than Hamilton or Vettel at 5/1 with most bookies.
Looking further afield, young Max Verstappen has had a dreadful campaign thus far, retiring in five of his nine races, though he still has a podium finish and three 5th place finishes to his name. Last year, the 19 year old Dutchman showed his potential with a Spanish Grand Prix win and five podium finishes, finishing narrowly behind Vettel in the Drivers Championship rankings. His performance at Silverstone last year was remarkable, coming in behind Hamilton in second place and odds of 11/4 for a Top 3 finish with William Hill appeal, if he and Red Bull can avoid more mechanical issues.