Just in case Wimbledon, the World Cup and England's T20 series with India wasn’t enough, the British Grand Prix joins this ludicrous sporting festival this weekend.
Silverstone’s Grand Prix would be headline news most of the year. It will likely be confined to the middle pages and short segments, however, thanks to the success of England’s football team and the nationwide focus on Wimbledon.
A chaotic Austrian Grand Prix has set this one up beautifully. Sebastian Vettel drove superbly to end up in third, while retirements for Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo aided the German’s cause. Vettel overtook Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship as a result, currently leading by a solitary point.
The Mercedes should be good at Silverstone, despite a disastrous weekend in Austria that Hamilton labelled one of the worst he can remember. The raw power they have over their rivals should prove an advantage on the high-speed circuit.
Hamilton is one win away from Silverstone greatness. His five victories at the circuit are level with greats Alain Prost and Jim Clark, he’s going for a fifth-straight home Grand Prix win. Hamilton thrives on home soil and is the unsurprising race favourite at 17/20.
Pirelli have given the hard compound tyre its debut for this weekend. Silverstone’s array of long, fast corners are tough on the tyres, but grip is seldom an issue.
The majority of teams have gone heavy on the soft tyres as they focus on qualifying pace – and perhaps two-stop strategies – though there’s a bit of variation in the balance between the medium and hard compounds.
After a qualifying one-two in Austria last weekend, the Mercedes cars are the ones to watch on Saturday. Hamilton is favourite, of course, but the 4/6 is just too short a price. Bottas at 15/4 could be great value.
Bottas is often a good bet. He benefits from the speed of the Mercedes but ends up at longer odds than we might expect. He’s out at 3/5 to make the podium, for instance.
Max Verstappen, who was very good last weekend, is a shorter price, which isn’t great value given the Red Bulls’ issues on quicker circuits like Silverstone.
Ricciardo, who has been a safer bet than the trouble-finding Verstappen all year, is out at 7/4 to make the podium. That price is much better than his teammate, even if his race pace isn’t quite as good as the flying Dutchman.
Outside of the race favourites, Kevin Magnussen is good value at 25/1 to finish in the top three. The Haas driver has finished sixth and fifth in the last two races and probably has the quickest car in the midfield.
It’s hard to look past Hamilton if Mercedes can avoid mechanical problems. The Brit not only has a favourable setup for this race, he seems to produce an extra nugget of talent for his home Grand Prix.
Hamilton needs to win on circuits like this to stand a chance of retaining his title, it’d be a brave move to bet against him, even at such a short price.
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*