British GP tips: Hamilton hopes to bounce back with sixth home win
After a dismal race in Austria, Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to re-ignite his championship challenge at his home race, the British Grand Prix.
A tactical error from his Mercedes team saw Hamilton lose the lead last Sunday, before retiring late on. It was first DNF in a 34-race run stretching back to 2016.
He’s fallen a point behind title rival Sebastian Vettel in the standings, but is favourite to bounce back with a win this Sunday at 10/11.
Hamilton has a tremendous record at Silverstone. He won by more than a minute in a memorable wet-weather display in 2008, and he has won the race in each of the last four years.
As for Vettel, he’ll be out to hand Ferrari their first victory at the Northamptonshire venue since 2011.
The German saw Mercedes bring a raft of updates last weekend, helping Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton claim a first and second in qualifying, so he could be up against it at 3/1.
And Vettel will have to watch out for Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
The Dutchman won last weekend to claim his first win of the season. Verstappen’s ability to manage the tyres paid dividends, and he could be in the mix again at 5/1.
As for Ricciardo, he’s yet to sign a new contract with the team, and vented frustrations during qualifying last Sunday, before retiring in the race. There’s 10/1 about the Aussie winning his third race of the year.
Kimi Raikkonen was second a week ago, and is still hunting down a first race win since 2013. The Finn has shown plenty of pace this season, but is the outsider of the top six in the betting at 16/1.
Back down the grid, the Haas team came home fourth and fifth last time out. Kevin Magnussen is 6/5 to collect his fifth top-six finish of the season.
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