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2014 British Grand Prix preview

2014 British Grand Prix preview

The British Grand Prix has been one of the highlights of the sporting summer since back in 1926. Thousands of spectators head to Silverstone every year for the event which, this year, is the ninth race in the 2014 season.

On paper it looks like a battle between last year’s winner and the last British driver to win the race. Keep reading for our preview of the 2014 British Grand Prix.

Mercedes drivers dominate the betting

One team has dominated the 2014 Formula One season. Mercedes drivers have won all but one of the races in 2014 and the German team lead the constructor’s championship by a massive 58 points.

Nico Rosberg currently heads the driver’s championship after his win in Austria and the German hasn’t finished outside the top two in the eight races so far this season. Even with a power unit failure in Canada, the 29 year old son of F1 legend Keke Rosberg still managed to drag his Mercedes home in second place and he leads team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 29 points going into this race.

Rosberg won the British Grand Prix in 2013 and is a worthy 4/6 favourite.

The only man who the bookies give any hope of stopping Rosberg is his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton was the last British driver to win his home GP – back in 2008 – and is desperate to give the Silverstone crowd something to cheer about in 2014.

“When I won there in 2008, coming through a chicane and people were aquaplaning and going off and [Felipe] Massa spun, I was going through and I could see the crowds getting up and cheering. It was so supportive. With the crowd there you feel like you are doing it all together,” he said.

“Even though I have not got the results there recently, people are still supportive and say ‘don’t worry, there is next time’. I am really confident I can do it this year. I have the car, so there is no reason why we shouldn’t.

“It’s coming at the right time. I have had a couple of dodgy races, so it will be good to get it right. I’m going to Silverstone with the best package I’ve ever had.”

Hamilton really needs a victory to get his season back on track after some recent qualifying errors. It’s the best chance of a home win in years and Hamilton is 6/4 to win his second British Grand Prix.

Williams finally showing signs of improvement

There was a time when Williams used to dominate the British Grand Prix. A Williams driver won eight of the twelve Grands Prix between 1986 and 1997 with Nigel Mansell, Jacques Villeneuve, Alain Prost and Damon Hill at the wheel.

There were signs in Austria that Williams’ recent slump is finally over. Valtteri Bottas secured his maiden Formula One podium finish and the team’s first for more than two years, with team-mate Filipe Massa in fourth place. The 27 points collected was the team’s biggest haul since the introduction of the current scoring system in 2010.

Claire Williams, the deputy team principal, said: “The aim now is to maintain this level of consistency, this level of points scoring, and there is no reason why we can’t do that. The car has the pace, we’ve shown that consistently throughout the previous races, but we’ve had a bit of bad luck and sometimes we’ve not made the best calls.

“But now we’ve achieved this, the realistic aim is to keep making up positions in the constructors’ championship and I think we can do that – I hope we can do that. It’s about consistent points scoring, scoring big points as well, with more podium appearances. That has to be the goal for us.”

The Williams drivers are each 20/1 to secure a win.

Red Bull have won three of the last five Grands Prix at Silverstone and the circuit is just 20 minutes from the team’s HQ. Despite their poor record in 2014 they have a good recent record at the event and team principal Christian Horner is in confident mood.

World champion Sebastian Vettel is a previous winner of the race and is available at 33/1 with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo available at 25/1.

Formula One betting


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