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  • on 04.07.2011
  • at 11:18 AM
  • by KT

F1 British Grand Prix – Betting Preview

Jul4

Although Formula 1 is undoubtedly a global sport, the fact that eight of the 12 competing teams base themselves in the UK means that the British Grand Prix is about as close to a ‘home’ as this sport gets.

After racing in Australia, Asia, Europe and Canada, round nine of the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship will come to Silverstone on Sunday the 10th July.

The new Silverstone pit and paddock complex will host its first F1 race and Bernie Ecclestone has praised the development of the new building – one which will hostthe teams, media and corporate boxes. Britain now has an F1 circuit that is worthy of being compared to the new tracks of Asia and the Middle East.

It is also expected that over 100,000 spectators will descend on the Northamptonshire race track over the weekend, hoping for a Jenson Button (12/1 with Sporting Bet) or Lewis Hamilton (5/1 with William Hill) victory on their home asphalt.

The most likely outcome however, that we will once again see Sebastian Vettel stood on the top of the podium thrusting his index finger in the air, as he has done in all but 2 of the 8 races so far this season.

The 24 year-ol German is already 77 points clear at the top of the F1 Drivers’ Championship standings and is 5/6 with SkyBet to win his 2nd British Grand Prix this weekend.

Despite Red Bull declaring that the last three races would be their weakest of the season (all street circuits with tight, slow turns), Vettel still emerged with 68 of the 75 points available, highlighting just what fine form both he, and indeed the car, are in. He may well have taken the maximum had it not been for a lapse in concentration on the final lap of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Silverstone

The brand new Silverstone pit and paddock complex will host its first F1 race this weekend.

Vettel’s Red Bull team-mate, Mark Webber (7/1 with Sporting Bet) is currently joint 2nd in the Driver’s Championship and will be looking to cause an upset here at the hands of the reigning world champion, just as he did in the 2010 Silverstone Grand Prix.

Of the other teams, McLaren and Ferrari look most likely to cause Red Bull any problems.

Both McLaren drivers will be looking to win the race in front of their adoring fans; Hamilton won here in 2008, whilst Button is yet to taste F1 success on home soil. McLaren are 3/1 with Paddy Power to win the race.

The Ferraris seem to have been off the pace this season, with only Fernando Alonso managing to make the podium thus far in 2011.  He is 5/1 with Bet365 to win here and does know the track well having won the British Grand Prix before. That was back in 2006 whilst driving a very quick Renault, however, and the current Ferrari may not be quick enough to keep pace with Red Bull and McLaren.

Michael Schumacher has a hat-trick of Silverstone victories to his name, but has never won in anything other than a Ferrari, and his odds of 100/1 reflect that. Mercedes will realistically be looking for progression here, rather than a podium finish.

So whilst Vettel is short-priced favourite, and rightly so, he showed in Canada that he is only human and any more mistakes here will surely cost him the race. Rain is forecast for the weekend and with that in mind it may be wise to look further down the betting for some value in one of the British drivers which represent decent each-way value.

Selections:

Jenson Button each-way (12/1 with Sporting Bet)
Lewis Hamilton each-way (5/1 with William Hill)

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Sliverstone Past winners:

  • 2010 – M. Webber (Red Bull)
  • 2009 – S. Vettel (Red Bull)
  • 2008 – L. Hamilton (McLaren)
  • 2007 – K. Raikkonen (Ferrari)
  • 2006 – F. Alonso (Renault)
  • 2005 – J. Montoya (McLaren)
  • 2004 – M. Schumacher (Ferrari)
  • 2003 – R. Barrichello (Ferrari)
  • * Lap record: 1.30.874 (Fernando Alonso, Ferrari F10, 2010)
  • * Length: 5.901 km a lap, 52 laps for a race
  • * Race date: 10th July 2011, Start time 1pm

Entry List:

  • 1 | Sebastian Vettel | Red Bull Racing Renault
  • 2 | Mark Webber | Red Bull Racing Renault
  • 3 | Lewis Hamilton | Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
  • 4 | Jenson Button | Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
  • 5 | Fernando Alonso | Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
  • 6 | Felipe Massa | Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
  • 7 | Michael Schumacher | Mercedes Grand Prix
  • 8 | Nico Rosberg | Mercedes Grand Prix
  • 9 | Nick Heidfeld | Renault F1 Team
  • 10 | Vitaly Petrov | Renault F1 Team
  • 11 | Rubens Barrichello | AT&T Williams Cosworth
  • 12 | Pastor Maldonado | AT&T Williams Cosworth
  • 14 | Adrian Sutil | Force India Mercedes
  • 15 | Paul di Resta | Force India Mercedes
  • 16 | Kamui Kobayashi | Sauber Ferrari
  • 17 | Sergio Perez | Sauber Ferrari
  • 18 | Sebastien Buemi | Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari
  • 19 | Jaime Alguersuari | Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari
  • 20 | Heikki Kovalainen | Team Lotus Renault
  • 21 | Jarno Trulli | Team Lotus Renault
  • 22 | Daniel Ricciardo | Hispania Racing Team Cosworth
  • 23 | Vitantonio Liuzzi | Hispania Racing Team Cosworth
  • 24 | Timo Glock | Marussia Virgin Cosworth
  • 25 | Jerome d’Ambrosio | Marussia Virgin Cosworth

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