Formula 1 heads to Great Britain for round 10 of the 2022 Formula 1 season, when the teams and drivers race at the Silverstone circuit, a real driver favourite. Lewis Hamilton has held a mortgage on the British Grand Prix, winning the race 8 times in his illustrious career, including 7 of the last 8.
In fact, there is only two other active drivers to have won the British Grand Prix, with Seb Vettel (2009, 2018) and Fernando Alonso (2006, 2011) both winning here twice. After Hamilton and Verstappen’s shenanigans on the first lap here last year, it will be interesting to see who’s going to be battling with the Championship Leader early in this race.
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Our prediction of a Charles Leclerc victory was over before it started, with Leclerc starting from the back of the grid, having taken several penalties for new engine parts. This is something we must look for more this season, however with the way Formula 1 is in its cloak and dagger ways, information is often difficult to find. We move on.
The start to the race was rather uneventful, with Leclerc and Perez slowly making their way through the field. Sainz got by Alonso for second, with Verstappen pulling away at the front. Perez retired on lap 8, initiating a Virtual Safety Car, which finally sparked some action, with numerous drivers diving into the pits for fresh rubber, including Verstappen and Hamilton. This left the order Sainz, Alonso, Verstappen.
On Lap 20, Mick Schumacher’s car decided to stop in the same place as Perez, causing another VSC, before most of the runners who didn’t pit on lap 8 to stop for tyres. The one main exemption was Fernando Alonso, in a call that ultimately ruined his race. Both McLaren’s were ruined by the pitstops too, consigning both to positions well outside the top 10.
Leclerc, who had been stuck behind Ocon for many laps, eventually pitted on lap 42, with Ferrari botching another pitstop and dropping Leclerc behind 4 midfield cars, which ruined any chance of a podium.
On lap 49, Tsunoda made a horrible mistake coming out of the pitlane, triggering a Safety Car. This bunched the field up for the last 20 or so laps, with Sainz (2nd) on fresher tyres than Verstappen (1st), making for a potential exciting end to the race. Sainz couldn’t manage the pass though, leaving Verstappen to win his 6th race of the season and increase his lead in the Championship.
British Grand Prix Preview
Practice 1: Friday 22:00 - 23:00
Practice 2: Saturday 01:00 - 02:00
Practice 3: Saturday 21:00 - 22:00
Qualifying: Sunday 00:00 - 01:00
Race: Monday 00:00 - 02:00
As noted above, Lewis Hamilton has held a mortgage around this circuit for the best part of a decade. He is absolutely adored by the masses at Silverstone, and given the story that came out midweek regarding racial slurs against him, the crowd will no doubt rally behind their hero this weekend.
Mercedes appear to be sorting out their issues, slowly but surely. However, have they gained enough speed relative to the Red Bull and Ferrari’s to warrant Hamilton, or British teammate George Russell, a chance at victory this weekend? Probably not, but in my opinion with a little bit of luck, a podium for one, or both, Mercedes drivers is a decent chance this weekend.
Then we look at the Red Bull / Ferrari battle, or more importantly, the Verstappen / Leclerc battle. Leclerc will surely be feeling the title slipping through his fingers, with the gap to Verstappen now 49 points, or almost two whole wins. Ferrari appear to have some serious reliability issues, and cannot afford any further slip-ups. The race weekend sets up very closely to many we’ve seen already this year, with a Leclerc Pole Position followed by a Verstappen win looking highly likely.
I really do like Leclerc and Ferrari this weekend, in terms of this track. I believe the Ferrari will work beautifully around this circuit, which is full of medium to high speed corners, quite similar to Barcelona. If we remember the Spanish Grand Prix, Leclerc dominated the entire weekend, before his Ferrari gave up on him. I want to bet Leclerc, but at the same time I don’t trust Ferrari not to screw it up again. Decisions, decisions.
Further down the field, a midfield pecking order is starting to come together, with Alpine having several good races in a row, so look for both Ocon and Alonso to be around the top 10. Daniel Ricciardo has a good record here, and Lando Norris always races well at home, so a double McLaren points finish could well be on the cards.
Mercedes 1+ Driver Podium ($2.60 at Unibet) 2 Units
Leclerc Pole Position ($1.95 at Betfair) 2.5 Units
McLaren Double Points Finish ($2.60 at Neds) 1 Unit
Hamilton Win H2H vs Russel ($1.95 at Unibet) 2 Units
Charles Leclerc to win
$3.50 (2.5 Units)