It has been all systems go for Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in recent weeks. After a torrid start to the new season, Hamilton has found a new gear since the Spanish Grand Prix – winning two of the last five races.
On Sunday, he gave another decent account; eventually finishing fourth despite facing a grid penalty prior to the race. Fortunately, Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was able to hold Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel off in the race for top spot.
Following Sunday’s result, Hamilton trails Vettel by 20 points at the top of the standings. The race for the world title is well and truly on and Vettel must respond if he is to keep Hamilton within his sights. Once Hamilton gets his nose in front, he is difficult to catch and Vettel will be desperate to reverse the form in the coming months.
The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is always one of the highlights of the summer. Formula One fans from all over the world will travel to the iconic circuit to see the best drivers in the business compete over one of the fiercest tracks in motorsport. And without a shadow of a doubt, four-time winner Hamilton will be right in the mix to finish atop the podium.
When it comes to the British Grand Prix, Hamilton puts everything on the line. He has been labelled as erratic at times but his passion and thrive to succeed is clear for all to see and it is most evident at Silverstone. The Mercedes star has won this race in each of the last three years and a fourth successive triumph could be on the cards come next Sunday.
A fifth success in this race would see Hamilton draw level with British racing legend Jim Clark for most British Grand Prix wins. As of July 9th, the 32 year old is valued at 3/4 to record yet another Silverstone success and he will certainly take some beating. In terms of his current F1 rivals, only Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen have won this race in the past.
But don’t write Vettel off just yet. The German is one of the most talented drivers in racing and it would be foolish to look at his past Silverstone record too closely. In each of the last three years, Hamilton and Mercedes have been streets ahead of their rivals and we should see a much closer battle this time around. At 5/2, Vettel is a decent price to challenge the Mercedes man at his home track.
Finally, we have Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton’s new teammate has adjusted well to life since joining Mercedes in the offseason and he secured his first victory for the German team at Bahrain back in Week 3 – following that success up with another win in Austria earlier today.
He has been there and thereabouts for the most part of the year so far and deserves plenty of respect in the betting market. He is certainly backable at 4/1 – especially when you consider his recent results.
Like most Formula One race weekends, the 2017 British Grand Prix will be billed as Vettel vs Hamilton but Silverstone deserves more than that. Unfortunately, that is probably how it is going to turn out.
Hamilton and Vettel are by far and away the best in the business and the world championship standings reflect their dominance. Bottas could feature prominently if things go his way but for me, Hamilton remains THE man to beat.