After rolling to an impressive victory at the Canadian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen aims to extend his lead on the F1 Drivers Standings when he hits the track on Sunday at the British Grand Prix as a -125 betting favourite.
Max Verstappen now enjoys a healthy 46-point lead atop the F1 Drivers Standings after claiming his sixth victory of the season two weeks ago in Montreal. However, the Red Bull driver is likely to face stiff challenges this weekend from a pair of rivals. On the heels of an impressive performance in Montreal despite getting tagged with an engine penalty, Charles Leclerc sits second to Verstappen as a +226 wager. Lewis Hamilton is also poised to rebound in his home race, which he has won each of the past three years, and sports vastly improved +800 odds to claim his first victory of the season.
British Grand Prix Race Time, Weather Forecast
Lights out at the 2022 British Grand Prix is scheduled for 10:00am ET on Sunday morning at Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, England. Measuring 5.891 kilometres in length, Silverstone Circuit is considered one of the fastest tracks on the F1 circuit, and will feature two DRS zones for Sunday’s race.
Characteristically English weather is in the forecast for the weekend, with showers expected on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. However, the long-term forecast for race time on Sunday calls for cloudy skies, with temperatures hovering around 19 degrees Celsius.
Round 10 of the F1 Championship sees the teams head to Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix.
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Mercedes Aim to Close Gap on Red Bull, Ferrari
Pace has been an issue for Mercedes this season, with neither Hamilton nor George Russell yet coming close to claiming the checkered flag through the first nine rounds of the campaign. However, that could be set to change this weekend after the Silver Arrows announced that technical upgrades would be made to Hamilton’s ride.
Hamilton, the seven-time world champion, has not been a threat this season, but is coming off arguably his steadiest performance of the season in Montreal, where he finished third. In addition to upgrades, Hamilton should benefit from a return to the smooth track Silverstone, where he has won eight times in his career, and will not be impacted by the porpoising issues that has hurt him physically in recent races on street tracks. That said, expecting a victory by Hamilton may be asking a lot. However, the 37-year-old offers solid value as a +250 wager to once again reach the podium.
Leclerc Poised to Challenge Verstappen
As the F1 season approaches the midway point, it is tough seeing any driver challenging Verstappen for this this year’s title. The defending champion has claimed the checkered flag on six occasions, and seemingly gets better with each race.
However, after his impressive performance in Montreal, where he climbed to fifth place after being forced to start 19th due to engine penalties, is Leclerc now set to return to his early-season form? The Ferrari driver has built an impressive track record at Silverstone with three straight podium finishes, and has been a force in qualifying all season long. The challenge is avoiding the technical issues and team blunders that have kept him off the podium in four of the past five races. But with uncertainty in the weather forecast, and little value in the negative odds that he sports, F1 betting fans should use caution when considering Leclerc until his results improve.
Prediction: Max Verstappen to win (-125); Lewis Hamilton podium finish (+250)