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F1 Podium: Three Bets for the British Grand Prix

Lance Stroll Felipe Massa Williams Formula 1 British Grand Prix

We rebounded from a disappointing 0-3 column at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with a perfect 3-0 performance at the Austrian Grand Prix one week ago. If bettors had followed those three picks, they would have been up over six units. Let’s try to keep that momentum going as the Formula 1 calendar shifts to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix this weekend.

Lewis Hamilton has been automatic in this race recently, having won the last three Grands Prix here, and easily justifies his current price of -120 as the race fave at online shop Bovada. Furthermore, Lewis is coming off a pair of disappointing races, finishing fifth in Baku and fourth in Spielberg, so he will no doubt be out for blood at his home race.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel takes a 20-point lead over Hamilton into the British Grand Prix and finished second to Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in Austria one week ago. The German hasn’t had the best of luck at Silverstone down the years and hasn’t won here since 2009 when he drove for Red Bull. He was P9 last year and P3 in 2015, his first year with Scuderia Ferrari.

Now, full disclosure: I love Lewis to win this race, but my rule here is that all three picks have to be plus-money picks. So considering Lewis is -120, he doesn’t fall into that category.

Without further ado, here are my three bets for the British Grand Prix for you to consider and spice up your F1 weekend.

(Article and odds ahead of Friday’s qualifying)

P1: Max Verstappen First Driver to Retire From Race (+1400)

Some seriously long odds here but considering Max’s complete lack of luck this season, this is worth a bet for a chance at a handsome payout.

The young Dutch driver has been forced to retire in the last three races, four of the last five and five of nine races overall this season. There was brake failure in Bahrain, damage to the car after an incident with Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen in Spain, loss of electrical power in Canada, engine issues in Azerbaijan and damage in Austria that forced him to be the first driver out at Red Bull Ring last week.

He did drive to a second-place finish here one year ago but also had to retire here with Toro Rosso back in 2015.

The odds are long and Verstappen’s luck is sure to change at some point, but considering the price, it’s worth a shot until that RB13 of his gets sorted out and actually finishes a race.

P2: Valtteri Bottas to Win (+500)

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate was fantastic in Austria en route to both the pole on Saturday and the race win on Sunday and if Hamilton isn’t going to capture the checkered flag here, it’s going to be Bottas and I absolutely love the price as it stands prior to practice.

The Finn was masterful in Spielberg and was able to fend off a late-charging Sebastian Vettel for his second win of the season. Valtteri enters the race just 35 points back of Vettel in the drivers’ standings and is very much in the hunt for his first Formula 1 championship.

His best finish at Silverstone is a P2 in the FW36 back in 2014 and he has a pair of second-place finishes to complement his P1 in Austria over his last three races. He’s driving incredibly well and backing him each time out in the near future certainly would not go amiss.

P3: Both Williams to Finish in the Top 10 (+175)

We called it last week and despite a terrible qualifying round on Saturday, Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll managed to finish ninth and 10th respectively to cash in (and at +900 if you took this on race day).

Stroll has been getting better and better behind the wheel and Massa has performed reasonably well at Silverstone down the years, including P4 in 2015 and 2012 and P6 in 2013 in the last five years alone.

As stated previously, qualifying in Austria was absolutely abysmal but the team regrouped to score points on Sunday and keep some positive momentum going following Stroll’s P3 in Baku. Much like I advised with Force India earlier on in the season, keep a close eye on this prop every race until the value evaporates. I like the Williams car and with Stroll’s confidence growing with every Grand Prix, this should be on your F1 betting slip.

Of course, all of these wagers could look very different come Sunday morning, but ahead of Friday’s practice, these are the bets I certainly have my eyes on for the 2017 British Grand Prix.

2017 British Grand Prix Odds
DriverOdds
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)-120
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)+225
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)+500
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)+1600
Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)+2000
Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)+3300
Sergio Perez (Force India)+25000
Esteban Ocon (Force India)+50000
Felipe Massa (Williams)+50000
Fernando Alonso (McLaren)+50000
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)+100000
Romain Grosjean (Haas)+100000
Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso)+150000
Lance Stroll (Williams)+150000
Niko Hulkenberg (Renault)+150000
Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)+150000
Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)+200000
Jolyon Palmer (Renault)+300000
Pascal Wehrlein (Sauber)+400000
Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)+400000

Odds as of July 13 at Bovada

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