F1 British GP Odds Preview: Can Hamilton Recapture Glory at Home?

Hamilton Leads British Racers at Long Odds

Lewis Hamilton leads his compatriots as the 2022 Formula One Championship heads to England for the British Grand Prix. The F1 British GP odds have Hamilton as the fourth-likeliest winner considering he and Mercedes have been mid-tier this season. Max Verstappen and Red Bull, of course, lead the betting lines. Digging a bit deeper though, there is a solid chance we see at least one of the Brits finish on the podium.

2022 F1 British Grand Prix Information

  • Race: British Grand Prix
  • Location: Silverstone Circuit
  • Day/Time:
  • Television: ABC

 

British Racers Face Improbable Odds, Staying Hopeful

Despite having won the British Grand Prix in seven of the last eight years, Hamilton will enter Silverstone as a notable underdog. This comes as a result of a difficult year for him and the constructor. Hamilton has not won a single race and has finished on the podium just twice all season. His teammate, George Russell has fared a bit better with three third-place finishes.

Hamilton and Russell may get a bit of a boost heading to Saturday, however. The Silver Arrows have installed some car upgrades that could improve the performance of their vehicles.

“One thing you can be sure of is we will push as hard as we can,” Mercedes technical director Mike Elliott said. “We will be bringing new bits to Silverstone, we will be trying to push the car forward, trying to get some pace from the car we’ve got or from the package we’ve got as well as the new bits we are going to add to it.”

Mercedes is at third place in the Constructors’ Championship standings though it has improved on its points haul in the last two races. Still, the F1 British GP odds have Mercedes at +1100 to win the race. A podium finish on Hamilton (+200) and Russell (+225) is not out of the picture, especially if one of the Ferrari and Red Bull drivers falters.

Another British driver, Lando Norris of McLaren-Mercedes is at +1200 to finish on the podium and a whopping +15000 to win the race. Norris has one podium finish this season and his team is a distant fourth place. A plausible scenario for local supporters is to see the Mercedes duo finish in the top six with Norris in the top 10. The sportsbook has it at +175 so it’s not a bad bet.

Verstappen and Red Bull Favored Looking Like Britain’s New Kings

It’s been a season of a lot of “firsts” for Max Verstappen in more ways than one. He won plenty of races for the first time in his career from the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix to the Canadian Grand Prix. Now, the British Grand Prix could be his next conquest as per the F1 British GP odds.

The Belgian-Dutch driver has won five of the last six races and is 46 points ahead of teammate Sergio Perez in the Drivers’ Championship standings. That’s why folks who bet on F1 races will find Verstappen at considerably short odds to win. Verstappen will look for redemption after he crashed in last year’s race.

As for Perez, Red Bull’s number two has been mostly reliable this season. He wasn’t able to start in Montreal but has finished on the podium in five of the six races prior to that. He won Monaco and finished just behind Verstappen in Catalonia and Baku. He’s expected to finish in the top three again as Red Bull continues to grow its lead from Ferrari.

Ferrari Could Win Silverstone Despite Past Difficulties

The further into the season we go, the dimmer Ferrari’s chances become. Scuderia is now up to +400 to win the Constructors Championship after not having won a race since the Australian Grand Prix. Winning Silverstone could prove a challenge even if the odds have them just behind Red Bull.

Carlos Sainz Jr. has finished second in two of the last three races while Charles Leclerc made an admirable run in Montreal though he could only muster a fifth-place finish.

The team has had some storied issues with Silverstone having won the track just twice since 2008, the first time Hamilton won. Even during Michael Schumacher’s days, the seven-time world champion had as many “DNFs” as he had won under Ferrari, but Leclerc could finally be “due” to have some good luck with these Formula 1 races. Scuderia needs it more than ever.

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