A return to home soil could be just what Lewis Hamilton needs and we are backing the Mercedes driver for victory in the British Grand Prix.
Hamilton endured another frustrating weekend as he finished fourth in Austria on Sunday but he quickly has the chance to get his title bid back on track with a fourth straight win in front of his own fans.
The Briton is now 20 points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel and is just 15 ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas following his victory at the Red Bull Ring.
Nothing has gone right for Hamilton recently. He was still smarting after Vettel escaped any post-race reprimand for deliberately driving into him at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix while a loose headrest denied him the chance of victory in Baku.
A gearbox penalty, brake-disc failure and a poor qualifying lap meant he had a weekend of damage limitation in Austria but Hamilton believes he is still the man to beat when nothing goes against him as he seeks a fifth British Grand Prix win.
“When I go and look at the race pace, I was actually quickest so I actually had the strongest race…I don’t think the points really reflect this,” he said. “There’s nothing else I can do, I just have to keep driving the way I have been and hope things get better.”
With a bit more luck, Hamilton can soon be back on top of the podium and that’s why he is our British Grand Prix betting tip at 9/10.
How the Austrian Grand Prix finished
1 Bottas (Mercedes), 2 Vettel (Ferrari), 3 Ricciardo (Red Bull), 4 Hamilton (Mercedes), 5 Raikkonen (Ferrari), 6 Grosjean (Haas), 7 Perez (Force India), 8 Ocon (Force India), 9 Massa (Williams), 10 Stroll (Williams), 11 Palmer (Renault), 12 Vandoorne (McLaren), 13 Hulkenberg (Renault), 14 Wehrlein (Sauber), 15 Ericsson (Sauber), 16 Kvyat (Toro Rosso), DNF Sainz (Toro Rosso), Magnussen (Haas), Alonso (McLaren), Verstappen (Red Bull).
Bottas insists he is now in the fight for the title after a near-perfect qualifying lap and then flying start saw him win a largely uneventful race in Austria.
He has been cut to 16/1 to win the drivers’ championship, with Hamilton and Vettel now the joint favourites at 9/10, while Bottas is 5/1 for more success at Silverstone.
“It’s still early days, more than 50 per cent to go, a massive amount of points to get,” said Bottas.
“I’m developing so much every single race and feel like I’m really getting better all the time. It’s a long year ahead but for sure (I’m) in the championship fight.”
Punters looking for an outside bet may be tempted by Daniel Ricciardo. Five successive podiums, including four third-places and a win in Baku, mean the Australian is in fine form and looks decent value at 16/1.
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