2011 British Grand Prix
All eyes will be on Silverstone this weekend when the British Grand Prix gets underway. Sebastian Vettel, who will be looking to gain his seventh win from just nine races this season, is the 5/6 favourite and with the form that the German is currently in and the performance of his Red Bull car, nobody can argue with that price. If anything the 5/6 offered by totesport could be a great bet with the Silverstone track suited to the Red Bull car. This is also backed up by the fact that Sky Bet are offering 1/2 for either of the Red Bull cars to win the race.
The British Grand Prix is seen by many as the highlight of the F1 season and with the recent developments that have taken place and the track known for being a fast flowing circuit with some of the best corners in Formula One (Copse, Maggots, Becketts and Chapel), this year’s race looks set be another classic.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is the 11/2 second favourite (totesport) in the British Grand Prix outright betting and after claiming victory at Silverstone in 2006, the 29-year-old will eager to record another victory in front of a passionate English crowd. The fact that Alonso has only had one podium finish in his last four races could be seen as a negative but more importantly it will be interesting to see how his Ferrari performs at Silverstone. The Ferrari has so far failed to deliver on the fast tracks this season but with the improvements that have taken place prior to this weekend’s big race, many believe that Ferrari could be the car to mount a challenge to Red Bull (Felipe Massa 40/1 with totesport).
McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton is 6/1 (Sportingbet) to repeat his success of the 2008 British GP but with many people criticising the 26-year-old for his attacking driving style after having to retire at both the Monaco and Canadian Grand Prix, it will be interesting to see if the 2008 Formula One World Champion applies a more defensive driving strategy. Hamilton’s team-mate Jenson Button is 12/1 to claim victory on home soil but looking back at his previous performances at the British Grand Prix (never finish higher than fourth), other drivers appeal more.
Last year’s winner Mark Webber is 7/1 (Sportingbet) to win back-to-back British Grand Prix’s and if his team-mate Vettel fails to deliver, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Australian take the race. The Red Bull cars are the first two in the pole position betting (Vettel 1/2 and Webber 7/1) so this also proves how suited the car is to the Silverstone track.
Other drivers that could attract support at a bigger price are the Mercedes pairing of Nico Rosberg and three-times British Grand Prix winner Michael Schumacher, who are 80/1 and 125/1 respectively.
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