Will Hamilton Increase His Stranglehold on F1 At The British Grand Prix This Weekend?

It took nine races of the new Formula 1 season before any other driver other than Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, to win a race. That dominance by the German team was finally ended last time out at the Red Bull Ring in Austria as, on their home track, Red Bull celebrated a rare victory thanks to Max Verstappen’s outstanding and, at times, controversial drive and victory.

After a weekend where Hamilton was beset with issues with his car both prior and during the race, the British Driver still retains a comfortable lead over his team mate at the top of the Driver’s Championship and there is no doubt that this weekend he will be seeking to bounce back from a rare off weekend in Austria to perform at his best once again at his home race; the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

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Before we preview the race at Silverstone coming up this weekend, let’s take a look at how things stand in the current F1 season.

F1 Championship Standings (after 9 races)

Drivers’ Championship

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) – Mercedes – 197
  2. Vallteri Bottas (Fin) – Mercedes – 166
  3. Max Verstappen (Hol) – Red Bull – 126
  4. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) – Ferrari – 123
  5. Charles Leclerc (Mon) – Ferrari – 105
  6. Pierre Gasly (Fra) – Red Bull – 43
  7. Carlos Sainz (Esp) – McLaren – 30
  8. Lando Norris (Gbr) – McLaren – 22
  9. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) – Alfa Romeo – 21
  10. Daniel Ricciaro (Aus) – Renault – 16
  11. Niko Hulkenberg (Ger) – Renault – 16
  12. Kevin Magnussen (Den) – Haas – 14
  13. Sergio Perez (Mex) – Racing Point – 13
  14. Danil Kyvat (Rus) – Toro Rosso – 10
  15. Alexander Albon (Tha) – Toro Rosso – 7
  16. Lance Stroll (Can) – Racing Point – 6
  17. Romain Grosjean (Fra) – Haas – 2
  18. Antonio Giovanazzi (Ita) – Alfa Romeo – 1
  19. George Russell (Gbr) – Williams – 0
  20. Robert Kubica (Pol) – Williams – 0

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes – 363
  2. Ferrari – 228
  3. Red Bull – 169
  4. McLaren -52
  5. Renault – 32
  6. Alfa Romeo – 22
  7. Racing Point – 19
  8. Toro Rosso – 17
  9. Haas – 16
  10. Williams – 0

Fastest Lap Winners (1 point awarded in each race)

  • Australia – Vallteri Bottas (Mercedes)
  • Bahrain – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  • China – Pierre Gasly (Red Bull)
  • Azerbaijan – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  • Spain – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • Monaco – Pierre Gasly (Red Bull)
  • Canada – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
  • France – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
  • Austria – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

British Grand Prix – A Brief History

The British Grand Prix, along with the Italian Grand Prix, is the only race to have been a permanent fixture of the Formula 1 season, since the sport began back in the 1950s. It is the oldest Formula 1 race in the sport and over the years has seen a number of famous names win the race. Last year, Sebastian Vettel ended a run of four successive wins in the race by Lewis Hamilton to claim victory for Ferrari by just over two seconds from Hamilton in second.

The race has had several homes over the years but first was held at Silverstone in 1963, where it alternated as the venue for the race with Brands Hatch up until 1986. In 1987, Silverstone became the sole home of the British Grand Prix and it has been home to the race ever since, although no contract exists beyond 2019 to hold the race at the venue any longer.

A trio of top drivers share the honour for most wins in the race with Jim Clark, Alain Prost and Lewis Hamilton all recording five wins on the race. A win for Hamilton this weekend would see him become the most successful driver in the race’s history.

Nigel Mansell has had four wins in the race, while Jack Brabham, Nicki Lauda and Michael Schumacher were each three time winners. A number of top drivers have won the race twice; Jose Gonzalez, Alberto Ascari, Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jacques Villeneuve, David Coulthard, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

Ferrari have won the most races as a constructor with 16, two ahead of Mercedes in second. Williams have 10 wins and Lotus have 8 wins although their last came way back in 1972. Mercedes come next on the list with six wins in total.

Circuit Information

  • Silverstone Circuit
  • Crowd Capacity – 150,000
  • Length – 5.891 Kilometers
  • Turns – 18
  • Lap Record – 1.30.621 (Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 2017)

The circuit was redesigned in 2011 to slow the race down a little around Brooklands and this new section cuts in towards the top of the track and includes new sections Farm, Village, Aintree and the Wellington Straight which is now the new lead up to the Brooklands corner complex. However many of the older and famous parts of the track, Becketts, Maggots, Copse, Stow and Hangar Straight all remain key parts of the track.

British Grand Prix 2019 – Our Predictions

1st – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 8/11 with bet365

After an underwhelming display in Austria, Lewis Hamilton will have plenty of reasons to want to bounce back to form here. Chasing a record sixth British Grand Prix win, plus a win to further cement his position at the top of the Driver’s Championship, with a roaring home crowd behind him, Hamilton should find this race far more to his liking and with last year’s second place behind Vettel fresh in the memory, I fancy the Englishman to claim both pole position in qualifying and the race win.

2nd – Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 9/1 with bet365

After a superb drive in Austria last time out, Verstappen’s confidence will be high. Red Bull showed their car can match the pace of Mercedes and Ferrari in that race and although this is not on home soil, I expect Verstappen to show that his win last time out was no fluke. He certainly looks like a future World Champion base on that showing.

3rd – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – 9/2 with bet365

Mercedes rarely have two races in a row where their drivers underperform and I think the British Grand Prix will be the opportunity they seek to reestablish themselves as the dominant force in F1. Bottas is Mr Consistent for his team and while I can’t see him quite matching Hamilton’s pace this weekend, I think it will be a real battle between him and Verstappen for second.