Hamilton the Favorite to Win British Grand Prix for Fifth Time
The British Grand Prix has had the same champion each of the previous three years. On Sunday, British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton will attempt to win the race for a fourth consecutive time by capturing his fifth title overall as the -120 favorite. Hamilton’s first win in the British Grand Prix came back in 2008.
The 32-year-old Hamilton has not had much competition on the Formula One circuit this season, although he has failed to win each of the past two races. He has won three of the first nine races (Chinese Grand Prix, Spanish Grand Prix and Canadian Grand Prix).
German Sebastian Vettel has also won three races though, taking the checkered flag in the Australian Grand Prix, Bahrain Grand Prix and Monaco Grand Prix. The 30-year-old Vettel is listed as the +225 second choice on the board. He won the British Grand Prix in 2009 but has not earned a victory in the race since then.
Another driver to watch in the British Grand Prix is 27-year-old Fin Valtteri Bottas, who is the +500 third choice after winning two races so far this year. Bottas is coming off a victory in the Austrian Grand Prix on July 9 after earning the pole position. He also won the Russian Grand Prix despite Vettel taking the pole in that one on April 30. Vettel ended up placing second there and in the Austrian Grand Prix.
The third-place finisher in both of those races was 28-year-old Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who is the +2000 fifth choice to win the British Grand Prix. Ricciardo won the Grand Prix in Azerbaijan on June 25 for his lone victory of the season.
Young 19-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen is also in the mix as the +1600 fourth choice even though he has retired in his last three races. In fact, Verstappen has retired in five of his past seven races as well, and his only career win came in the Spanish Grand Prix on May 15, 2016. Fin Kimi Raikkonen rounds out the top six at +3300.