The British Grand Prix is undoubtedly for most Brits the biggest event on the Formula One Circuit. It is presently held at Silverstone, Northamptonshire and it is one of the oldest continuously staged F1 World Championship Grand Prix.
It’s fair to say that Britain is the home of motor racing. Almost all of the F1 teams are based in the UK. Motor racing is part of the sporting fabric. On top of that, British fans are incredibly passionate which means that the spectators can get pretty excitable. Especially when a British driver comes in first. Now, there’s a good reason for this, and that is because there have been many great British drivers flying past the chequered flag.
In total there have been 12 British drivers who have won the British Grand Prix. Sterling Moss took the chequered flag twice in 1955 and 1957. The following year Peter Collins won the race. Then the legendary Scotsman Jim Clark, won it 4 times back to back and followed that off with his final win in 1967.
Two years later in 1969, Jackie Stewart lifted the trophy and did it again two years later. It took another six years until James Hunt won the Grand Prix. Followed by John Watson in 1981. Then came Nigel Mansell, who the British public loved, and he went onto win four times. Damon Hill, Jonny Herbert, and David Coulthard did it too keeping the British fans whipped up into a frenzy.
But, nobody could predict what was to come from a young man from Stevenage, England. Lewis Hamilton started his F1 career in 2007. It was just the following year in 2008 that he won his first British Grand Prix. Since then he has gone on to become the dominant force in motor racing.
Hamilton now holds the record for the British Grand Prix with an astonishing 6 wins. Amazingly each time he wins at Silverstone, he goes onto win the Championship.
Hamilton is just one title away from equaling Michael Schumacher’s record of 7 World F1 Championships. On top of that, he holds an impressive list of records and it is now widely accepted that Lewis Hamilton is pushing to become the greatest racing driver in history.
It’s clear to see that British drivers rise to the occasion on home soil so betting on them at the British Grand Prix is not a bad idea. And it’s a good bet that Lewis Hamilton will lift the trophy again.
The British Grand Prix
Grand Prix racing was brought to Britain by Henry Segrave at the famous Brooklands circuit in 1926. Seagrave had previously won the 1923 French and San Sebastian Grand Prix which created an interest in the sport in the UK. However, the first British Grand Prix was won by the French team of Louis Wagner and Robert Senechal driving a Delage 155B.
In 1950 the race came to Silverstone where it was the first race ever of the official World Championship. It alternated with the Brands Hatch circuit between 1964 and 1986 and for a while between 1955/1962 it was even held at the Aintree racecourse. Silverstone was until 1991, one of the fastest tracks on the F1 calendar. Drivers loved the sweeping and extremely demanding Copse, Stowe and Club corners.
In 2003 Silverstone’s owners, The British Racing Drivers Club and F1 authorities had a dispute which put the future of the race into doubt. Despite mending the fences, the race was awarded to Donnington Park in 2008. However, that fell through and now the race is guaranteed to Silverstone until 2027. Despite all this bickering, the British Grand Prix is still one of the most eagerly anticipated races in the F1 Calendar.
Betting on the British Grand Prix
Now, I’d be willing to say that the British Grand Prix has more bets placed on it than any other motor racing event in the UK. So this event is pretty special for the bookmakers just as much as it is for the fans.
Anything can happen in formula one and often does so it’s always going to be hard to pick the person who takes the chequered flag. But, one thing is for sure, if there is a British driver in a good car, then that is always a good choice.
The British Grand Prix Odds 2020
|Paddy Power OUTRIGHT WINNER Odds applicable as of 30/07/2020|
|Lewis Hamilton||4/9||Valtteri Bottas||5/2||Max Verstappen||13/2|
|Sergio Perez||22/1||Alexander Albon||30/1||Lance Stroll||30/1|
|Charles Leclerc||80/1||Sebastian Vettel||125/1||Carlos Sainz||125/1|
|Lando Norris||125/1||George Russell||500/1||Romain Grosjean||500/1|
|Antonio Giovinazzi||500/1||Daniil Kvyat||500/1||Kevin Magnussen||500/1|
|Pierre Gasly||500/1||Daniel Ricciardo||500/1||Estaban Ocon||500/1|
|Kimi Raikkonen||500/1||Nicholas Latifi||500/1|