2018 British Grand Prix Odds
Just as we thought that the 2018 Formula One season might be settling in to a predictable pattern, along came Max Verstappen to shatter our perceptions. The talented young Dutchman claimed victory in Austria at the weekend and in doing so, became the fourth driver to win a Grand Prix in this current campaign.
Verstappen’s win may have had little effect on the Drivers’ Championship and on the upcoming betting markets but it could change our thinking ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton remains favourite to take the Chequered Flag on Sunday and you can currently back the Mercedes Number One driver at best odds of 11/10 with William Hill. Hamilton has a good record in his home race but hasn’t had everything his own way in recent seasons so there are a number of strong challengers.
Those challenges are led by our current Drivers’ Championship leader Sebastian Vettel who is the second favourite for Silverstone at a top price of 7/2 with MarathonBet and Betway. The German was third last week in what has been an ‘up-and-down’ season so far.
Our third favourite for the British Grand Prix is Valtteri Bottas who started the Austrian Grand Prix on Pole Position before being forced to retire, along with his Mercedes Teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Bottas can be picked up for this weekend’s race at best odds of 6/1 with 888Sport and 188Bet while our most recent winner, Max Verstappen, is only just behind at a top price of 13/2 with SportingBet. There will be renewed interest in both men following recent results and once again, this could be an open race.
Behind the top four, Daniel Ricciardo is available at best odds of 10/1 with William Hill and Sun Bets, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen at a top price of 16/1 with Boylesports. Once again, the odds setters have written off everyone else as we see the usual long gap before Carlos Sainz emerges at a best of 1000/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral.
We can disregard those with four-figure prices but this could still be a tight call so, before we make our verdict, we’ll take our usual look at the outright markets along with our additional betting options for Silverstone.
Results from the Austrian Grand Prix last time out mean that Sebastian Vettel now has a one point lead coming into this weekend’s race. He may have reclaimed that place at the top of the Drivers’ Championship but the German has done little to convince the bookmakers in terms of his title credentials.
Vettel remains second favourite in the Drivers’ outright betting at 13/8 with BetFred while Lewis Hamilton is clear at a top price of 11/20 with Unibet. Behind the top two, the gap to the chasing pack is getting much bigger and in third place, we now have Valtteri Bottas who is out at 66/1 with Betway.
Max Verstappen is a mover after his win in Austria and the Dutchman is at 100/1 with MarathonBet, alongside Daniel Ricciardo at that same 100/1 with BetFred.
In the Constructors’ Championship betting, both Mercedes cars may have been forced to retire in Austria but the German manufacturer retains its clear lead at the top of the betting at best odds of 3/10 with Unibet and 888Sport.
Ferrari follows at a top price of 3/1 with William Hill and Red Bull are now at a best of 33/1 with William Hill again after Verstappen claimed victory in Austria.
We can’t see past the favourites in either of those long-term markets so, for some better value, let’s look at some of the common side bets for Silverstone this week.
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It’s still strange to note that while Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel seem to be running away with the race for the Drivers’ Championship, neither man has recorded a fastest lap at this stage of the 2018 F1 season.
In Austria last time out, Kimi Raikkonen went round fastest for the first time this season while the other drivers to have delivered a profit in the equivalent market are Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas.
Despite those figures, Hamilton remains favourite to go round quickest at Silverstone at best odds of 3/1 with William Hill while his Mercedes team mate Bottas is close behind at a top price of 7/2 with William Hill again.
Vettel follows at a best of 5/1 with Verstappen and Ricciardo just behind at 6/1 – all of those numbers are with SportingBet.
In terms of Pole Position, Hamilton and Vettel have largely dominated here while Bottas and Ricciardo have sneaked in on one occasion a piece. The favourite to claim pole at this week’s British Grand Prix is – yet again – Lewis Hamilton, who can be picked up at best odds of 4/5 with William Hill.
Second favourite is Sebastian Vettel at a top price of 3/1 with SportingBet, followed by Valtteri Bottas at 9/2 with William Hill and Daniel Ricciardo at 25/1 with 188Bet.
As the 2018 season has shown, we certainly shouldn’t be opting for the favourite every time but just where will we make our money on Sunday?
Lewis Hamilton dominated the British Grand Prix of 2017, leading from the front of the grid right up to the chequered flag while completing the fastest lap along the way. We’ve yet to see a similar ‘clean sweep’ in 2018 but the Mercedes driver certainly looks to be the best option in the race winner betting.
Hamilton has won for four straight years from 2014 to 2017 and one more victory will set a new record of six British Grand Prix wins overall. Of the remaining drivers still on the circuit, only Fernando Alonso has won here on more than one occasion and in the perfect car for the track and on his home surface, it would be a huge surprise if Hamilton did not come through.
The side bets are far more open but as we suspect Mercedes to come back strongly from last week’s disappointment, a Fastest Lap for Valtteri Bottas carries a decent price of 7/2.
Best Bets for British Grand Prix 2018:
- Lewis Hamilton to win at 11/10 with William Hill
- Valtteri Bottas to record the Fastest Lap at 7/2 with William Hill