The term ‘home race’ is thrown around more liberally in Formula One than football fans and so on would expect, and in reality a large number of teams are based in fairly small part of the UK, a part that Top Gear likes to talk about from time to time, somewhere in some hills near where Jeremy Clarkson lives most likely, although not near enough to lower house prices for him or his influential neighbours. As a result the Silverstone Grand Prix has become quite an important one for a lot of teams in an unofficial capacity, although there is one man looking to claim this not only as the most important race of his own season but also his proper home race, and that man in Lewis Hamilton.
The Mercedes driver is a frequent and cringeworthy Tweeter, regularly accompanying an Instagram filtered shot with some self-attributed quote about destiny and fate, and while that would normally be a recipe for ridicule it is possibly an asset in top-level sport to feel like you are fated to win or succeed in life. As a result the former world champion could arrive at the British Grand Prix with an almost messianic level of self-belief and determination to show the world his recent losses are something of an aberration and he is still the man to watch for the title, but his bubble is fragile, if not burst yet. Nico Rosberg has produced a stunning series of drives in the last few weeks to wrest control of the title race away from his team mate to the point where you might say this race has become absolutely pivotal for Hamilton and associates.
After going fastest in practice on Friday it seems like Hamilton is favourite for pole, with PaddyPower rating him 4/6 (SkyBet having the same price for the win) to the 15/8 VictorChandler have on Rosberg, and if you really want a certainty just bet on a Mercedes leading the way. At 25’s with SkyBet Daniel Ricciardo has steamed ahead of his team mate in the pole betting with a series of good performances, and you can get the same price on him for the win compared to Vettel at 33/1 with BetFred. If WilliamHill’s 15/8 on Rosberg winning does pay out it will make the rest of the season a slog for Hamilton to say the least, and he needs to deliver on his favourite tag more than ever in front of his home crowd.
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