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Expect more fireworks at Silverstone

Expect more fireworks at Silverstone


Following yet more drama on Sunday in Spielberg, there is little time to breathe and take stock as this weekend sees the Formula 1 roadshow head to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.

Home drivers have enjoyed plenty of success in this race over the years but, as 2017 has shown us in spades, nothing is guaranteed.

This will be the 21st straight year it has been held at Silverstone and, although there are worries over the financial viability of the track holding the race in the future, there are no such doubts about its quality as a venue.

Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost – all of the greats have won at the circuit in the modern era – and the track always seems to throw up plenty of excitement in front of 150,000 fanatical supporters.

Silverstone has been especially kind to Lewis Hamilton, with the Brit taking the chequered flag four times in his career, including in the last three seasons. Another success would see him match Jim Clark and Prost’s record of five victories and he will be desperate to put his indifferent form behind him by getting his title challenge back on track.

For all his foibles, Hamilton always seems to give the fans what they want and is perhaps rightly the 20/27 favourite for another victory.

More fireworks can be expected and Championship leader Sebastian Vettel will feel he has point to prove, having only won once at the circuit. A win for the German would perhaps reboot his confidence levels in the overall battle for glory and the Ferrari man is 9/4 to add to his current 20-point lead in the standings.

And what of the others? Last week’s winner Valtteri Bottas now appears to be driving his way back into contention and has a good record at Silverstone, with a second place finish in 2014 the highlight. The Finn, like many of his countrymen, may not be the most exuberant but has a steely determination about him and is clearly a danger in his Mercedes at 5/1.

A lack of animation is certainly not something that can be levelled at Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and, although he may not have the car to challenge for the title, he showed by winning in Azerbaijan that he can still pounce when the opportunity arises and is priced at 20/1 to win and 3/1 for a top three.

The Australian’s podium in 2014 also proves he can master the circuit but it was team-mate Max Verstappen who had the upper hand in their duel 12 months ago. Verstappen’s meteoric rise has stalled in recent months but, having finished second in 2016, he is 15/1 to go one better on Sunday and 14/5 for another podium.

With this being the penultimate race before the summer break, there is plenty of motivation for the drivers to get one over on each other and it is sure to be another thrilling weekend of racing at Silverstone.


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