Lewis Hamilton still has a commanding lead in the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship standings, ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas by 31 points, with six victories to two for Bottas. The only driver with a win outside the Mercedes team is Max Verstappen with Red Bull, who sits in third place in the point standings. Hamilton looks to pick up a record sixth victory at Silverstone in the 2019 British Grand Prix, which celebrates its 70th anniversary during the Formula 1 era. Last year, Hamilton got caught up with Kimi Raikkonen in the opening corner and ended up in the back, and Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari ended up winning, with Hamilton roaring back — but settling for second place. We have your F1 odds as well as thoughts about the track and the teams, as you consider your sports betting for the 2019 British Grand Prix this weekend.
F1 2019 British Grand Prix Odds & Betting Preview
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Driver Odds to Win the 2019 British Grand Prix
- Lewis Hamilton 8/13
- Valtteri Bottas 10/3
- Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc 15/2
- Max Verstappen 9/1
- Pierre Gasly 66/1
- Carlos Sainz, Lando Norris 1000/1
- Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg 1500/1
- Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnusse, Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll 2000/1
- Antonio Giovinazzi 2500/1
- Daniil Kvyat, Alexander Albon 3000/1
- Robert Kubica, George Russell 4000/1
Silverstone has been the home of the British Grand Prix since 1948, when Maserati won the first race. In 1950, the Formula 1 era began, and Silverstone hosted the opening round, won by Giuseppe Farina of Alfa Romeo. The course alternated with Brands Hatch and Aintree but has hosted every British Grand Prix since 1987. The course has not changed much since 1948, and it features 18 turns. It is one of the faster courses on the Grand Prix rotation, with average speeds around 145 mph.
The course features 18 turns. The first comes fairly soon after the start and is almost blind, but then the second can be taken at full throttle. Turns 3 and 4 make for the slowest part of the circuit, but it takes patience and accuracy to create the perfect exit for the Wellington Straight, which goes all the way to Turn 6. That is the Brooklands corner, where you will see drivers clip the curbs, but then they run wide through the tight Luffield corner. The Woodcote turn is gentle and allows for plenty of acceleration to build up to the blind turn into Copse. Then come a series of five turns that allow drivers to keep their speed high, which tests driver balance.
Coming out of Turn 14, drivers hit the Hangar Straight, which sends drivers into Stowe Corner, going slightly uphill. Then comes the downhill to Vale, which is a test for braking, then comes a series of three quick turns going into the finish straightaway.
A win for Hamilton would push him past Alain Prost and Jim Clark, also five-time winners. The most successful constructor here has been Ferrari, with 16 victories, while Mercedes has won just six times (four by Hamilton, who got his first win here with McLaren).
Can Mercedes get back to its winning ways?
They finished behind both Red Bull and Ferrari in Austria, thanks to an overheating problem. The high temperatures led the W10s to lose their power, and then the team had to pull back the bodywork to help the engines cool — and the aerodynamics and tires suffered as a result. The weather should not be nearly as warm this weekend, and given the edge that the W10 has in terms of downforce, Mercedes should have a clear edge.
With that said, with so many turns allowing medium or high speed, downforce can turn into drag. That could aid Ferrari and Red Bull once gain. Ferrari suffers in slow-speed corners, which don’t play that much of a role at Silverstone. Their SF90 does well on the straights, which Silverstone features a great deal of. This is a week when upgrades are permitted, and Ferrari is expected to add some aerodynamic parts.
Could Red Bull pull off another win this week?
This is a power track, and Red Bull’s Honda is still behind Mercedes and Ferrari there. However, chassis balance and tire wear will come to bear, and Red Bull and Verstappen are solid in those areas. He pushed his tires in Austria more effectively, which is why he was able to hold Charles Leclerc at bay last week. Even so, Verstappen is definitely a sleeper this week.