Will Lewis Hamilton Bounce Back At The British Grand Prix This Weekend?
The last Formula 1 weekend at the Austrian Grand Prix saw a dismal weekend for the Mercedes team as neither of their drivers Lewis Hamilton of Valtteri Bottas managed to finish the race as their cars were beset by unusual technical difficulties.
A blank weekend for Mercedes and Hamilton meant that both lost their position at the top of the respective championships, with Sebastian Vettel, who finished third in the Austrian race, moving back into top spot by one point over Hamilton, while Ferrari also moved into top spot in the constructor’s Championship, ten points clear of Mercedes, as is shown below.
- Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 146
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 145
- Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 101
- Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 96
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 93
- Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 92
- Kevin Magnussen (Haas) 37
- Fernando Alonso (McLaren) 36
- Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) 34
- Carlos Sainz (Renault) 28
- Sergio Perez (Force India) 23
- Esteban Ocon (Force India) 19
- Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) 18
- Charles Leclerc (Sauber) 13
- Roman Grosjean (Haas) 12
- Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren) 8
- Lance Stroll (Williams) 4
- Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) 3
- Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso) 1
- Sergey Sirotkin (Williams) 0
- Ferrari – 247
- Mercedes – 237
- Red Bull – 189
- Renault – 62
- Haas – 49
- McLaren – 44
- Force India – 42
- Toro Rosso – 19
- Sauber – 16
- Williams – 4
However, Mercedes their two drivers have the perfect opportunity to bounce back this coming weekend at the British Grand Prix, which takes place at Silverstone. Let’s learn a little about what is the oldest Grand Prix on the F1 schedule and one of only two have been contested in every World Championship since it was inaugurated in the 1950s.
British Grand Prix
In the first ever F1 World Championship in 1950, the first ever Grand Prix to be contested in the new tournament was the British Grand Prix. In total, six races were held in total in that first year and since then the British Grand Prix has been a key component of the F1 Calendar ever since.
In 1951, the race also witnessed another landmark moment when a new Italian team surprised the established Alfa Romeo team to claim its first ever win in Formula 1, that team was Ferrari and they would go on to become the most successful team in British Grand Prix history.
There have been periods in the race’s history when Silverstone was not the sole venue. A now defunct circuit in Aintree shared the race with Silverstone for a while, as did Brands Hatch in the 70s and early 80s, but since 1987, Silverstone has been the home of the race and will continue to be so at least until 2019.
Top Performers at the British Grand Prix
Three drivers have won the British Grand Prix a total of five times in their career, they are:
- Jim Clarke (GB) – 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967
- Alain Prost (Fra) – 1983, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1993
- Lewis Hamilton (GB) – 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
This means that if Lewis Hamilton can land another victory this year he would set a record of six wins in the race and would be the first driver in history to win the race five years in succession.
When you look at victories by constructors it is the Tifosi that hold the record number of wins in the race with 15 in total, closely followed by McLaren who have 14 wins. Williams are third in the all-time table with 10 victories, Lotus fourth with eight and Mercedes have six wins in total. The only other team to have more than one or two victories is Red Bull who have notched up three wins.
The list of winner’s of the British Grand Prix (since 2000) reads like a who’s who of F1 history.
- 2000 – David Coulthard (McLaren)
- 2001 – Mika Hakkinen (McLaren)
- 2002 – Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
- 2003 – Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari)
- 2004 – Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
- 2005 – Juan Pablo Montoya (McLaren)
- 2006 – Fernando Alonso (Renault)
- 2007 – Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
- 2008 – Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
- 2009 – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
- 2010 – Mark Webber (Red Bull)
- 2011 – Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
- 2012 – Mark Webber (Red Bull)
- 2013 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
- 2014 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- 2015 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- 2016 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- 2017 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
The current lap record at Silverstone, over the new circuit which was extensively modified in the mid 1990s and then again in 2011, is 1 minute 26.6 seconds, which was set by Lewis Hamilton during qualifying for the 2017 British Grand Prix.
Our Top Tips for the British Grand Prix
Unsurprisingly, every driver bar the top six are odds of at least 750/1 or greater to win the British Grand Prix at the weekend, which does kind of sum up the gulf in class between the top three teams compared to the rest of the field. The odds for each driver to win the race are as follows (odds provided by Bet365 and correct as of 2pm BST on Wednesday 4th July 2018).
- Lewis Hamilton – Evens
- Sebastian Vettel – 7/2
- Valtteri Bottas – 11/2
- Max Verstappen – 11/2
- Daniel Ricciardo – 10/1
- Kimi Raikkonen – 12/1
- 750/1 bar
As you can see, the bookmakers feel that home advantage is going to play a key role for Lewis Hamilton and in fairness to the bookies, it has certainly proved so over the last four years this race has been contested. However, while Hamilton is even money, it is hard to overlook the issues he has had with his car in recent races and I think the race will likely be much closer than these odds suggest.
I certainly feel Vettel will push Hamilton hard but I think his main challenger could be Max Verstappen in the Red Bull who seems to have got over his somewhat disappointing start to the season to put in some electrifying and quick performances in recent races to get him and Red Bull back on track.
You can’t rule out Bottas either, but the Finn definitely is playing second-fiddle to Hamilton at Mercedes and it would be a shock if he landed his first win of the year here. So I’d back Hamilton for the win and Vettel and Verstappen to push the Englishman hard for the win.