British Grand Prix

2019 British GP Preview

charles leclerc

Charles Leclerc

The 2019 British Grand Prix is here. One of the standout races of the Formula One season, the Silverstone circuit provides a stern test of a driver’s credentials. At the time of writing, Lewis Hamilton has a 31-point lead at the top of the World Championship standings and a seventh Grand Prix success of the year will cement his status as the best in the business.

However, it would be foolish to look past teammate Valtteri Bottas just yet. Like Hamilton, Bottas has finished on the podium in all eight Grand Prix races this season and the Mercedes star will be quietly confident of upsetting Hamilton at his home event. Bottas can enhance his slim chances of World Championship glory with a Silverstone victory this weekend…

With five British Grand Prix victories to his name, Hamilton is level with Alain Prost and Jim Clark as the most successful drivers in this race. The Mercedes driver won this race in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 but fell short in his pursuit of a fifth successive triumph last year. Another Silverstone victory will see Hamilton become the most decorated British Grand Prix driver of all-time.

According to the latest Formula One betting odds, Hamilton is priced at 4/5 with William Hill ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix. Most neutrals will be expecting the Mercedes man to challenge for top spot on the podium this weekend and a sixth Silverstone success will see Hamilton extend his lead at the top of the World Championship standings.

Bottas will have other ideas and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Hamilton’s teammate spoil the party. British motorsport fans will expect to watch the five-time world champion make history this weekend but a Bottas victory would throw a spanner in the works. He has been a pillar of consistency in 2019 and a third Grand Prix victory could be on the cards.

Unfortunately for Bottas, his record in the British Formula One event isn’t the best. He has finished on the podium just twice in seven appearances at Silverstone and the omens are well and truly against the Finnish driver. With Hamilton showing blistering speed week-in, week-out, it looks like the writing is on the wall for Bottas in terms of the world title.

However, he won’t be giving up just yet. With 12 races remaining, there are plenty of points to be won and lost and Bottas will be quietly confident of building some momentum should he emerge victorious at Silverstone. Betfred are going 9/2 for Bottas to claim his first British Grand Prix success this weekend and the title race pendulum could swing back in his favour.

The two Ferrari drivers are next in the British Grand Prix betting pecking order. 2018 winner Sebastian Vettel has finished on the podium in four of the eight races this year and he could be the man to secure Ferrari’s first triumph of 2019. Vettel is a four-time world champion in his own right and he certainly knows his way around Silverstone.

Vettel thought he’d won his first Grand Prix of the campaign in June’s Canadian Grand Prix but a controversial penalty decision handed the victory to Hamilton. The German would love nothing more than to get revenge at Hamilton’s home Grand Prix event and punters will be tempted by the 6/1 with Boyle Sports for a Vettel triumph this weekend.

Meanwhile, Leclerc has enjoyed reasonable success during his short stint in Formula One and the 21-year-old has settled well to life at Ferrari. After a hit-and-miss start to the new campaign, Leclerc has finished on the podium in each of the last three Grand Prix races and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Ferrari man celebrating another top three finish.

At the time of writing, Leclerc is priced at 1/2 to secure a podium spot while Vettel is out at 4/7. Make of that what you will; the bookmakers are starting to take notice of Leclerc and it is only a matter of time until he becomes Ferrari’s number one driver. Leclerc has finished ahead of Vettel in each of the last two Grand Prix events – can he make it three in a row?

As per usual, Hamilton is the market principle in the qualifying betting odds. Priced at 8/11 with Betvictor to secure yet another pole position on the grid, British Grand Prix betting fans will be expecting big things from the Mercedes man. This is his time to shine and Hamilton knows just how important pole position can be around the Silverstone circuit.

However, it may prove prudent to look towards Max Verstappen. At the time of writing, Verstappen is 16/1 with William Hill to top qualifying and you won’t find many fans backing against him after his Austrian Grand Prix win. The Red Bull Racing youngster is one of the best in the business and he has already been touted as a future world champion.

There is certainly value in the British Grand Prix fastest lap betting market. Pierre Gasly has been consistently quick on race days this year and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him go close in this particular battle. At 7/2 with Ladbrokes, Gasly is available at a solid price and you’d be hard pressed to back against him at this moment in time.

The early weather forecast looks positive for the 2019 British Grand Prix, with the optimal driving conditions expected. Backing against a safety car in any Formula One race is always risky but Silverstone is a wider circuit than most and we could see a relatively safe race this weekend. Punters should consider backing ‘no’ in any safety car market…

Fingers crossed for an entertaining race on Sunday afternoon and may be the best man win. The 2019 British Grand Prix could turn out to be one of the bets races so far this season but expecting a shock would be foolish – this is Lewis Hamilton’s moment to rewrite the history books and 4/5 could turn out to be a huge price for his sixth Silverstone triumph.

RACE WINNER: Lewis Hamilton (4/5 with William Hill)

PODIUM FINISH: Charles Leclerc (1/2 with Betvictor)

FASTEST LAP: Pierre Gasly (7/2 with Ladbrokes)

About British GP

History

Formula One has a rich history in the United Kingdom and the British Grand Prix is one of the sport’s greatest spectacles. Silverstone is an incredibly testing circuit, giving motorsport fans an intense experience from Friday’s first practice session to the final lap of Sunday’s Grand Prix.

First held in 1926, the British Grand Prix has been an ever-present on the F1 calendar since the late 1940s. Although other venues have hosted the British event, Silverstone is the UK’s spiritual home of motorsport and it remains one of the most popular circuits on the planet.

Punters will be expecting big things ahead of the 2019 British Grand Prix and huge numbers of motorsport fanatics will be flocking to Silverstone on July 14th. For the racing novice, this is the ideal race to start with – there will be plenty of media coverage surrounding Britain’s showpiece motorsport event in 2019.

Winners

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Three drivers have been lucky enough to win the British Grand Prix a record five times: Jim Clark, Alain Prost and defending world champion Lewis Hamilton have all enjoyed success at Silverstone. Hamilton will go down as one of the greatest Formula One drivers ever and the Mercedes man is 9/10 with 888sport to secure his sixth win in the race in 2019.

With 16 wins in the race, Ferrari are the most successful Formula One team in British Grand Prix history. Sebastian Vettel was top of the podium in 2018 and some punters will fancy the four-time world champion to make his mark at Silverstone for the second year in a row. You can back Vettel to win the 2019 British Grand Prix at 6/1 with Betway.

This is Hamilton’s home race though and the British driver had won four Silverstone Grand Prix races in a row before Vettel’s surprise victory last year. Mercedes have finished first in five of the last six British Grand Prix events and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see either Hamilton or teammate Valtteri Bottas celebrating on July 14th.

Fastest Lap

Lewis Hamilton holds the record for the fastest ever lap in qualifying, recording a blistering lap of 1:25:892 to secure pole position at the 2018 British Grand Prix. Unfortunately for him, that wasn’t enough to guarantee success in the race as he had to settle for second place behind Vettel.

Hamilton also holds the record for the fastest lap during a Grand Prix, speeding round the Silverstone track in 1:30:621 back in 2017. As technological advancements continue, expect these times to get quicker and quicker in years to come. Hamilton will be looking to assert his dominance again with another fastest lap in 2019.

Vettel notched the quickest lap in 2018 though and punters may be looking at the Ferrari driver to make it two races without victory for Mercedes this season. Hamilton and Bottas had combined for eight wins in a row before the Austrian Grand Prix but Max Verstappen’s triumph sent shockwaves across the Formula One world.

Interesting Facts

British Grand Prix

Silverstone British Grand Prix Circuit

The British Grand Prix is the third longest track on the Formula One calendar, with only Spa and Baku longer in distance. It is arguably the most exciting track in motorsport and that is supported by the fact that the top three in qualifying have never gone on to finish as the top three on the podium. A quite outstanding statistic after 73 editions of the Grand Prix!

Fan favourite Jenson Button competed in 17 British Grand Prix races during his illustrious career but failed to win a single home event. In fact, Button never finished on the podium at Silverstone – an incredible statistic considering his success in the sport. That remains one of the biggest disappointments for the 2009 Formula One world champion…

A grand total of 12 British drivers have won their home Grand Prix over the years – with four of those winning it on more than one occasion. Silverstone has been kind to British drivers over the years and we could see the home fans celebrating another success in 2019.

The Future

The future of the British Grand Prix is up in the air. According to a number of media reports, Formula One bosses are uncertain as to whether the Silverstone race will be on the circuit next year – an agreement is yet to be struck. With so much history and heritage surrounding the race, fans will have fingers crossed that a deal is confirmed sooner rather than later.

It would be strange to see a Formula One campaign without a British Grand Prix in July. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious races in motorsport and Silverstone bosses remain confident that a contract extension will be agreed. For now though, it looks like the 2019 British Grand Prix could be the last until positive news is released.