2019 British Grand Prix Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

2019 British Grand Prix Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Formula 1 specialist Ben Issatt (@BenIssatt) previews the British Grand Prix and provides us with his best bets ahead of Sunday’s race.

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2019 British Grand Prix Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 14/7
  • Time: 3:10pm BST
  • Venue: Silverstone, Great Britain
  • Channel: Sky Sports F1

Formula 1 comes home for the 10th round of the 2019 season, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The host for the first world championship race in 1950, now the historic circuit sits in the midst of F1’s ‘silicon valley’ with seven of the 10 teams all based within a 50-mile radius.

And before the Grand Prix weekend began, it was confirmed that Silverstone would continue to welcome the race for another five years, until 2024.

Over the years, all the greats have won the British GP, but more recently, Lewis Hamilton has been the man almost everyone has come to see.

And he’s delivered too, winning a record-equaling five times, beginning with a memorable win in the wet in 2008 and following it up with four in a row from 2014-2017.

This weekend, he looks to go one better than Jim Clark and Alain Prost as the first time six-time winner, but he has to beat his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to do it after finishing second in qualifying.

In a tight session, just 0.006s split the two drivers with Charles Leclerc right behind too for Ferrari, as less than a tenth covered the top three.

Red Bull are in the mix too with Max Verstappen starting fourth, but it was a difficult day for Sebastian Vettel with the German only managing sixth fastest.

Throw in a very close midfield duel, with Daniel Ricciardo leading one of Britain’s future stars Lando Norris by just 0.05s, and there’s plenty of excitement and bets on offer.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Vettel ended five years of Mercedes dominance at Silverstone with victory in 2018.
  • But Ferrari has only won the British GP three times since 2007.
  • Bottas has only converted one of three poles into victory in 2019.
  • Britain and Italy are the only two races to have featured in every F1 world championship.

Betting Odds

  • Lewis Hamilton 1/1 (SkyBet)
  • Valtteri Bottas 7/4 (UniBet)
  • Charles Leclerc 9/1 (Bet365)
  • Max Verstappen 10/1 (SkyBet)
  • Sebastian Vettel 20/1 (UniBet)
  • Pierre Gasly 80/1 (BetFred)

The Verdict

Based on practice, it would look quite silly to look past Lewis Hamilton winning as his pace on the long run superior to everyone.

However, Ferrari has thrown the dice by opting to start on soft tyres compared to the Mercedes’ and Red Bulls on mediums which could stir up the pot.

Leclerc will be on a charge in his first stint to try and get ahead of the Mercedes’ and if he can do that, there’s a good chance he could dictate the pace of the race.

Also, a two-stop strategy is actually seen as faster because of the short pit-stop time and with the Italian team seemingly committing to that approach that could keep the Monegasque in play.

Red Bull can’t be ruled out either based on Verstappen’s pace in Austria, although conditions will be much more favourable to Mercedes and Ferrari than two weeks ago.

In the midfield, McLaren struggled in the wind in qualifying, leaving Carlos Sainz down in 13th.

However, that will be less critical in the race, meaning the Spaniard should be able to use the superior pace to move back inside the top 10, joining teammate Norris.

Sainz’s recovery may well come at the expense of Alex Albon as the Toro Rosso, which has been quick all weekend, might struggle to match the long run pace of those around him

Finally, the great battle between the Briton and Ricciardo for ‘best of the rest’ is set to continue.

And though Pierre Gasly is enjoying a more competitive weekend for Red Bull, a top six finish can’t be ruled out for either driver with Ricciardo my pick to finish ahead.

Recommended Bets

  • 1.5pts – Charles Leclerc to win – 9/1 (Bet365)
  • 2.5pts – McLaren to score double points – 7/4 (Marathon Bet)
  • 1.5pts – Ricciardo to finish in top six – 3/1 (Betfair)