The British Grand Prix will be the 10th auto racing betting event in the 2017 Formula One season on Sunday at the Silverstone Circuit near the village of Silverstone in Northamptonshire, and will feature a Brit defending his native land against a German, just like in the good old days of die Luftschlacht um England. Here are the offshore sportsbook favorites for the benefit of people who bet on auto racing.
Ham is the most winning active driver in the British GP with four wins, including the last three straight. He also came in first place in 2008. In addition to that, he finished third in 2007, 2nd in 2010, 4th in 2011 and 2013, and 8th in 2012. Hamilton has only placed outside of the top 10 once at Silverstone Circuit; a 16th place in 2009. The Brit is coming off a 4th place finish in the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.
The German was the runner-up at Red Bull Ring which extended his lead in the drivers’ standings 20 points ahead of Hamilton. Vettel’s results in Britain have been a mixed bag, though – must be a German thing. He won the 2009 edition and has three podiums and three top 10 finishes, but has had to retire from the race on two occasions: in 2008 he ended up in a gravel trap after a collision, and suffered a gearbox failure while in the lead with 19 laps left in 2013. That shouldn’t affect his auto racing betting odds too much, though, seeing how he had a similar track record in Austria, and that went well all things considered.
Bottas is from Finland but could be an honorary German, seeing how he has picked up where Nico Rosberg left off in Mercedes – at least as far as undercutting Hamilton goes. Bottas won the Austrian GP for his second win of 2017 and of his career and pulled within 15 points of teammate Ham. The Finn wheelman finished 2nd in the 2014 British Grand Prix and 5th the following year.
Like Vettel, Räikkönen has also had to withdraw from the British Grand Prix twice, but other than that he has never finished out side of the top ten there. He won in 2007, was the runner-up in 2003, finished 3rd in 2003, 2005, and 2006, 4th in 2008, 5th in 2001, 2012, and 2016, and 8th in 2009 and 2015. He also returned to the top 5 at Red Bull Ring.
The Australian has progressively done better at Silverstone Circuit; 19th in 2011, 13th in 2012, 8th in 2013, and 3rd in 2014. He sort of regressed last year, placing 4th – which is still pretty good, especially considering he had to retire from the race in 2015. Moreover, his auto racing betting stock has also been on the rise as of late. He has posted five straight podiums this season, including winning the Azerbaijan GP and finishing 3rd in Austria.