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3 best home-grown bets for the British Grand Prix

| 03.07.2014

The glitz and glamour that is the F1 season rolls into Silverstone this weekend and the odds suggest a home-grown winner for the first time since Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag in 2008.

Odds of 8/13 say this year a British driver will emerge triumphant, but with Jenson Button priced at 200/1 and Max Chilton (yeah, we had to look him up too) available at a whooping 5000/1 it is clear that all hopes rest on the Silver Arrows man.

Hamilton trails his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the drivers’ standings but with a partisan crowd behind him at Silverstone is favourite to cross the line first.

That’s not to say there’s not money to make on the all three British drivers though and here James Curtis looks a three savvy ways to be patriotic this weekend.

Lewis Hamilton to win @ 4/6

Two retirements aside Hamilton has not finished outside of the top two this term and as his Championship-winning season shows he has the mental strength to deliver when under the pressure of a home crowd.

Hamilton put on an impressive display to finish second in Austria last time out from ninth on the grid and a better starting point – which can be expected – should lead to a fifth win of the season for the Brit.

Rosberg remains a threat but as the favourite to win the race there is no better way of getting behind Lewis for this meeting.

Jenson Button – Top 6 finish @ 3/1

A top six finish may be optimistic for Button but with the McLaren star odds-on to make the top 10 it’s the better value option, especially with Hamilton’s former team-mate showing glimpses of his past best already this season.

Button has secured a top six finish at five British Grand Prix meetings throughout his career and with two from his last three races this season – in Monaco and Canada – he looks well placed to finish among the front runners again here.

Max Chilton – Top 10 finish @ 66/1

Marussia-Ferrari’s 23-year-old Surrey native (thanks Wikipedia) has never finished in the top 10 before but what better place than to achieve the feat for the first time.

The safer bet would be for a classified result at 1/4 – especially with Chilton completing 26 of his 27 F1 races to date – but there’s no fun in that and the Brit secured a ninth-place finish at this track in GP2 racing in 2012 so knows what it takes to reach the points – sort of!

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.