- Lewis Hamilton seeks to end a lengthy winless streak when hits the track for the British Grand Prix trailing Max Verstappen in the F1 odds
- Hamilton is winless in five races, and must also contend with a challenge from fellow Englishman Lando Norris, who will be vying for his fourth podium finish of 2021
- We’ve got you covered with all the odds and trends ahead of Sunday morning’s running of the 75th edition of the British Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton has dominated the British Grand Prix in recent years, tallying a record seven career victories. However, the defending Formula 1 champion returns to Silverstone this weekend for the 76th edition of this race lagging as a +165 second favorite in the British Grand Prix odds. Hamilton returns to England for his home race riding his longest winless streak in five years and faces a massive challenge to keep pace with Max Verstappen, who sits perched as -135 chalk in the British Grand Prix odds after capturing the checkered flag in four of his past five outings.Advertising Disclosure
Here’s a look at all the odds and trends ahead of the 2021 British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on Sunday, July 18th, 2021 at 10:00 AM EST. Make sure to check out the latest sportsbook promos to ensure you are optimizing your winnings.
2021 British Grand Prix Odds
|Driver||Odds to Win at BetMGM||Odds to Finish Top Three||Odds to Finish Top Six||Odds to Finish Top Ten|
|Carlos Sainz Jr.||+6600||+800||-120||-350|
Odds as of July 15, 2021
Hamilton Under Pressure at British Grand Prix
With both his season and long-time grasp of the F1 title slipping away, Lewis Hamilton is under enormous pressure as the Formula 1 circuit shifts to Silverstone this weekend. The 36-year-old is coming off another disappointment two weeks ago in Austria, where he was forced to settle for fourth place, marking the third time he has failed to reach the podium during his current five-race swoon.
Being back at Silverstone this weekend should feel like home for Sir Lewis Hamilton, who has the most wins at the circuit (7)🏆
— Planet F1 (@Planet_F1) July 14, 2021
Now trailing Verstappen in the F1 Drivers Championship odds, Hamilton finds himself in the unfamiliar role as the underdog on his home track, where he has claimed seven career wins, and 11 total podium finishes. He has also captured the pole in five of his past seven appearances at Silverstone, including last year’s British Grand Prix. That is a feat he will likely have to accomplish once again this year if he is to challenge Verstappen, who is coming off a spectacular wire-to-wire win in Austria. But once again, Hamilton trails Verstappen as a +175 bet to take the top spot in qualifying.
Bottas Key to Mercedes’ Success
Considering Verstappen’s recent form, is there any value in Hamilton’s odds? The short answer is some. Few drivers know Silverstone as intimately as Hamilton, and it remains unwise to ever count out the seven-time world champion. However, the Englishman will likely need a little help from both the racing gods and teammate Valtteri Bottas to end his current slide. A change in the weather forecast would also help. It is currently expected to be a hot day on Sunday, with temperatures reaching into the high 20 degrees Celsius. Such conditions have not worked in favor of Mercedes, who have struggled with tire trouble this season.
Le podium du #AustrianGP 🇦🇹
— CANAL+ F1® (@CanalplusF1) July 4, 2021
The upside for Mercedes is the steady track record of Valtteri Bottas on this track. The 31-year-old Finn has finished among the top four in four of his past five appearances at Silverstone and also has reached the podium on four occasions over the past decade. While Bottas has endured a season of fits and starts, he is coming off back-to-back podium performances in Austria and offers value as a -135 bet to finish among the top three this time around.
Recent Results at Silverstone
|Year||Driver||Margin of Victory||Pole Position||Fastest Lap|
|70th Anniversary Grand Prix (2020)||Max Verstappen – Red Bull Racing||11.326 sec||Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes|
|2020 British Grand Prix||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||5.856 sec||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||Max Verstappen – Red Bull Racing|
|2019 British Grand Prix||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||24.928 sec||Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes|
|2018 British Grand Prix||Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari||2.264 sec||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari|
|2017 British Grand Prix||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||14.063 sec||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes|
|2016 British Grand Prix||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||8.250 sec||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||Nico Rosberg – Mercedes|
|2015 British Grand Prix||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||10.956 sec||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes|
Leclerc Poised to Spoil Norris’ Homecoming
Of course, it is important to keep in mind that Hamilton is not alone in claiming the British Grand Prix as his home race. Born in Bristol, England, Lando Norris would like nothing better than to claim his first career F1 victory in front of British fans. The 21-year-old is off to a sensational start to the 2021 campaign. Norris is the only driver this season to earn points in all nine races to date and has cracked the top five on eight occasions.
— Formula 1 (@F1) July 4, 2021
McLaren’s ongoing battle with Ferrari for third place in the F1 Constructors Standings has influenced Norris’ race strategy this season. There have been occasions this season when Norris has been in contention for a podium but yielded to his Mercedes and Red Bull rivals as part of a team strategy to contend with Ferrari. However, he displayed his ability to compete with the frontrunners in Austria, where he engaged in a lengthy duel with Hamilton on his way to a third-place finish.
🗓️ ON THIS DAY:
After battling for the win at the previous race in Austria, Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc went head-to-head yet again in an epic scrap at Silverstone in 2019.#OTD #Verstappen#Leclerc #BritishGP 🇬🇧pic.twitter.com/I2zzkQvsEQ
— R (@FormuIaMax) July 14, 2021
However, the better value lies in wagering on Norris’ Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc, who enjoys more experience and success at Silverstone, and should be jumped on as a solid -135 bet to finish among the top six.
The Picks: Valtteri Bottas top three (-135); Charles Leclerc top six (-135)