British Grand Prix 2015 – Preview and Betting Tips

The pressure is on Lewis Hamilton in the upcoming British Grand Prix on Sunday. His lead over Nico Rosberg was cut further down to just ten points after the German driver’s victory in Austria last month. This weekend’s race will take place on Hamilton’s home country, and alongside with it are great expectations from the British public especially with the record sell-out of 140,000 fans expecting to be present on the event this weekend. Let’s have a detailed look on this race.

Overview

The British Grand Prix is set to take place on 1pm (UK time), Sunday at the Silverstone track in Northamptonshire, England. This has been the home of this race ever since the first the first British GP was held in 1950. This track has a length of 5.891 km and has 18 turns (most of which are fast). It has two DRS Zones: the first between turns 5 and 6 and the second between turns 14 and 15.

There are 52 laps in this race and it covers a total distance of 306.291 kilometers. This is considered as one of fastest race in F1 today and a lap here is usually covered mostly on full-throttle. The track in Silverstone also has an abrasive track surface. Because of the high demand on the tyres on this circuit, Pirelli will use two of their hardest compounds here: the P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium tyres. Like in other F1 races, most teams also employ a two stop strategy here.

Drivers

Among the participants on Sunday, Fernando Alonso of McLaren and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes are two of the most successful in this race. Both of them have won this race twice already. With McLaren’s present problems, Alonso is obviously not expected to win again this time. Hamilton’s main rival, Nico Rosberg has also won this race two years ago. The other active drivers who have already won here are the Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

Nico Rosberg started at the pole here last year, but failed to finish the race because of mechanical problems. On the other hand, Hamilton began it on 6th place but was able to win it. Two years ago, Rosberg won it, but Hamilton finished fourth. This is one of the few races in recent years where Mercedes failed to have a one-two.

Betting tips

Lewis Hamilton is once again the top favorite of bookmakers to win this race. Bwin gives odds of 1.6 for the British driver here. His archrival, Nico Rosberg follows him as second favorite and Totesport has him at 2.88. Bookmakers give the possibility of another win by Sebastian Vettel odds of around 13.

Mercedes is so far the most dominant and consistent team this season. Almost all the other teams have experienced mechanical problems during a race this year while Mercedes has been very consistent and dominant in each race. In my opinion, the possible winner of this race would only come from this team.

I think both Mercedes drivers are a good bet here, but I’ll choose Hamilton in this event. This is his home race and I’m sure he’ll be definitely inspired to win it especially with all the support of the home crowd.