As we head into the British GP this weekend, we are about to enter into a new Formula 1 era as we will have our first ever sprint race in the class. Max Verstappen holds a 32 point lead over Lewis Hamilton and has won four of the previous five races, this really is a must-win race for Hamilton and company.
Formula 1 British GP
Sunday, July 18, 2021 – 10:00 AM EST at Silverstone
After a slow start to the season, winning just once in the first four races, Red Bull have since won five in a row, with four of those victories going to Max Verstappen and one going to teammate Sergio Perez. Mercedes knew they were in for a tough season but even they didn’t expect to have now gone five races without a win, and neither the best betting sites.
Hamilton could only manage a fourth-place finish last time out at the Red Bull Ring, whilst championship rival Verstappen took first place and the fastest lap of the race for an extra point. This means Hamilton finished 12 points behind Verstappen for the race and it put a pretty big gap between the two drivers now in the championship leader board.
First Ever Sprint Race
This weekend will see the first of three sprint races this season, it’s going to be the first ever F1 sprint race, here is how it will work for our best bets. Fridays will see the teams qualifying in the usual format Q1, Q2 and Q3. The finishing positions in the qualifying will then see the drivers line up on the grid for a sprint race on Saturday over 100km (about 17 laps), the finishing positions in this sprint race will then determine the starting grid for Sundays “normal” race. In another twist, the top three drivers will all win points towards the Championship, with one point awarded to third, two points awarded to second and three points awarded to first.
Drivers are allowed to choose which ever tire they like and there are no compulsory pit stops, meaning we should see wheel-to-wheel racing. Hamilton wasn’t overly optimistic ahead of the new idea, claiming it will most likely be a “train” for the 17 laps with little overtaking.
Ultimately, it’s a really good idea and like many of the drivers have said, they won’t make any judgments until all three sprint races this season are over. Will drivers really want to risk the chance of a crash in the sprint race and ending up near the back of the grid on Sunday? We believe that’s going to be the most likely downside to the sprint race. It sounds exciting with the possibility of a load of overtake and proper racing, but a crash could ruin your chances during Sunday’s race. Let’s see what happens.
Previous Red Bull Ring Race Winners
- 2020- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- 2020- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- 2019- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- 2018- Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
- 2017- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Official Best Bet
Lando Norris has been on absolute fire thus far this season, he has racked up three podium finishes and only failed to finish outside the top five on one occasion. McLaren are now on home soil and they will fully expect both cars to go well here and both to score points at their home GP.
Daniel Riccardo seems to be getting to grips with the car and has only finished outside the top ten on two occasions this season. We usually don’t like to lay racing odds below -120 for F1 races but we believe both McLaren to finish inside the points at -135 is amazing value as we have this priced up at around -200.
Riccardo has only failed to finish outside the points at Silverstone twice in his previous nine races, whilst this is just Norris’s third season in F1 he has finished his previous two races at Silverstone 11th and fifth.
Free Formula 1 Best Bet: McLaren Double Points Finish at -135 with Intertops (visit our Intertops Review)
Official Prop Bet
Valtteri Bottas is having a strange season in the sense that he seems to be underwhelming, yet he has five podiums compared to Perez’s two and somehow finds himself 10 points behind Perez in the championship thanks to the one victory Perez managed to take.
Bottas has been solid if nothing else and although he retired from two races, he has finished on the podium in five of the eight races he managed to finish this season. We believe Mercedes will be strong this weekend and believe Bottas should get the better of Perez to take at the very least third spot on the podium, if anything its Lando Norris he will have to worry about.
Free Formula 1 Prop Bet: Valtteri Bottas To Finish on The Podium at -120 with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.