2018 Formula 1 season is about to complete its first-ever tripleheader of races with a historic British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The legendary circuit has been a part of Formula 1 lore since the first Formula 1 Championship in 1950 and has seen legends leave their mark on the sport by winning in Silverstone.
2018 British Grand Prix will be held during the weekend of July 7th-8th when the qualifiers and race will take place. This year’s British Grand Prix comes at a fierce period of the Formula 1 season, where Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is leading the Championship by a single point over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
Silverstone has always provided ample racing and overtaking opportunities and is one of the favorite circuits of the drivers, so we should be in for a great race on Sunday. I have prepared a detailed preview of the 2018 British Grand Prix with the latest news, stats and betting picks.
The History of the British Grand Prix
The British Grand Prix was originally introduced into Formula 1 Championship back in 1950 and it was actually the first Grand Prix event ever held in Formula 1 Championship. The inaugural race was won by Alfa Romeo’s Giuseppe Farina.
From 1950 to 1954 the British Grand Prix was held at the Silverstone Circuit. From 1955 to 1962, Aintree Motor Racing Circuit was introduced into the British Grand Prix, and that track and Silverstone alternated hosting the British Grand Prix in that period.
The 1960s brought another change, as Brands Hatch circuit was introduced into British Grand Prix instead of Aintree Motor Racing Circuit. From 1963 to 1986, the British Grand Prix was hosted by Silverstone Circuit and Brands Hatch alternating each year.
In 1987, Silverstone management has made changes to the original circuit and modernized it with new infrastructure for modern racing. Since 1987, Silverstone has been the lone track where British Grand Prix has been held.
The British Grand Prix has always been a drivers’ favorite, since its introduction in 1950 and drivers that have won it, hold it in special regard in their careers. The most successful drivers to ever compete in the British Grand Prix are the trio of Jim Clarke, Alain Prost and Lewis Hamilton.
Each one of them have won at the British Grand Prix on five previous occasions. Jim Clark has won in 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1967, Alain Prost in 1983, 1985, 1989, 1990 and 1993 and Lewis Hamilton in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The closest to the trio is Nigel Mansell who has won the event on 4 separate occasions in 1986, 1987, 1991 and 1992. He is followed by the trio of Jack Brabham (1959, 1960 and 1966), Niki Lauda (1976, 1982 and 1984) and Michael Schumacher (1998, 2002 and 2004), who have each won the event 3 times.
When looking at the drivers who are currently on the grid, Lewis Hamilton with 5 wins stands alone. Fernando Alonso has 2 wins, while Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have won the event once.
The situation is quite similar in the constructors’ arena as well. Ferrari has been the most successful constructor at the British Grand Prix with record 15 wins at the event. They are closely followed by the home team McLaren who have won 14 times.
The second group of constructors that has had the success at the British Grand Prix is led by Williams who have 10 wins, followed by Lotus with 8 wins and Mercedes with 6 wins.
The recent history favors Mercedes, who have won 5 straight British Grand Prix at Silverstone from 2013 to 2017.
The Season So Far
2018 British Grand Prix is the 10th race of the 2018 Formula 1 season and the last race of the summer tripleheader that included the French Grand Prix and the Austrian Grand Prix. As the season approaches its midpoint (21 races in total), the British Grand Prix might be a turning point for an incredibly exciting Formula 1 season.
The season kicked off with a large bang from the Prancing Horse, as Ferrari and their driver Sebastian Vettel claimed the first two races of the season, winning in Australia and Bahrain. Ferrari driver was not on the pole position for either of the races but managed to pull out victories.
What followed were two chaotic races which yielded unexpected results. In China, a race full of incidents was won by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. What followed was an incredibly lucky win for Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who took advantage of the late safety car to steal the victory in Azerbaijan.
The Spanish Grand Prix is the race where teams have done most of the testing in the offseason and bring first major updates for the cars. Mercedes have shown up with a dominant package which allowed Lewis Hamilton to claim his second consecutive win of the season.
The Monaco Grand Prix brought a boring race in Monte Carlo where Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo delivered a strong drive in a damaged car to bring home his second win of the season. 2018 Canadian Grand Prix was supposed to be a continuation of Mercedes’ dominance at the track but Ferrari managed to pull off a commanding performance and Sebastian Vettel claimed his third victory of the season.
2018 Formula 1 season entered its first-ever tripleheader of races, starting with the 2018 French Grand Prix which was won by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in a dominant performance. What followed was the home Grand Prix for Red Bull in Austria, where Max Verstappen pulled out his first win and Red Bull’s third of the season, in a race which saw both Mercedes’ drivers retire from the race due to technical problems.
As it stands, 2018 Formula 1 season so far has delivered a lot of excitement and the competition has been as close as ever. The Drivers’ Standings show Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel holding a razor-thin one-point lead over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
Four drivers have claimed the nine races which have opened the first part of the 2018 Formula 1 season. Vettel and Hamilton winning 3 a piece, Ricciardo 2 and Verstappen 1.
So far, the season has seen top three constructors win 3 races each. The competition for the Constructors’ Championship is close as well, with Ferrari holding a 10-point lead over Mercedes with 247 points. Red Bull is third with 189 points, a margin that can be narrowed easily in few races.
Stats to Consider When Betting on the 2018 British Grand Prix
Here are some stats you should have in mind before betting on the 2018 British Grand Prix.
- Lewis Hamilton is chasing history. If he manages to win at Silverstone this weekend, Mercedes’ driver will become the only driver to have won the event 6 times since its inception in 1950. Hamilton currently holds the record of 5 wins, together with Jim Clarke and Alain Prost.
- Hamilton is also chasing his 50th pole position this weekend. He is 9 pole positions short of the record 58 poles with one team, set by Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari.
- Sebastian Vettel is the only driver to complete every lap of every race of 2018 Formula 1 season so far. He has also scored points in each of them. His streak of 13 races of point finishes is currently leading the grid.
- Only 4 drivers from the current grid have won the British Grand Prix in the past, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso. Sebastien Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
- Last 3 British Grand Prix at Silverstone have been won by Lewis Hamilton in a dominant fashion, as he secured both the pole position and the race victory.
Pole Position Betting Preview
Even though Mercedes had a nightmare weekend in Austria with a dual DNF from Hamilton and Bottas, they have demonstrated remarkable pace in their qualifying efforts. The upgrades to Mercedes’ car seemed to push the car ahead of Ferrari on pure pace. No wonder then, that Lewis Hamilton is the main favorite for the pole position.
Lewis Hamilton is favored at 3 to 5 odds to win the pole position at 2018 British Grand Prix. Mercedes driver has won the pole positions in the last 3 consecutive Silverstone races and is heavily favored to repeat that performance this weekend as well.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is a distant second at 5 to 2 odds to win the pole. The German driver has not had a lot of luck on this track and it will take a Herculean effort or a technical woe by Mercedes for him to end up on the pole at Silverstone.
Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas is the third favorite at 11 to 4 odds, followed by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen at 14 to 1 odds. There is little doubt that Hamilton is a quicker driver than Bottas, and the difference in the odds reflects that.
The Red Bull duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen round out the favorites for the pole at 33 to 1 odds. Red Bull’s car struggles with the lack of power and Silverstone Circuit is a track where those deficiencies tend to flare up dramatically.
With Lewis Hamilton’s mastery of the track in the recent history, he is the logical pick for the pole position at the 2018 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
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Race Winner Betting Preview
As is the case with the pole position, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is the favorite to win at Silverstone as well. At 3 to 4 odds, the British driver stands alone on the top. There is confidence in his race craft and the pace of Mercedes’ car, which has already brought him 4 straight victories at Silverstone.
Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel has been the Iron Man of the 2018 season, completing and scoring in each of the 9 previous races. Even when things were not looking up, Vettel has managed to find form in the races to minimize the damage and gain valuable points. He is the second favorite at 5 to 2 odds, mostly due to lower perceived pace of the Ferrari car.
Hamilton’s teammate Bottas comes in third at 17 to 4 odds. The Finn has never won at Silverstone before and although he has a car to do it, there are still doubts whether he can put it all together in such a competitive race.
The duo of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen (12 to 1 odds) and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen (14 to 1 odds) are the outside favorites to score a big result at Silverstone. While Raikkonen has struggled to put together a dominating qualifying performance in order to start earlier on the grid, Verstappen has a car with an inferior power unit that might cost him both qualifying and racing pace.
Here is my pick for the race winner, as well as a bonus pick for a podium finish.
*Bonus Podium Finish Pick: Kimi Raikkonen at 6 to 5 odds
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