There have been signs of late that Red Bull are beginning to gain some degree of dominance in the Formula One season and this could make Sebastian Vettel overpriced at 3/1 to surge back into the title race with victory at the British Grand Prix.
Vettel has taken the drivers’ championship in each of the last two seasons, but has not enjoyed the same measure of success across the opening eight races of the current campaign.
The season started promisingly in Australia when he finished second, but Vettel has had difficulty building on this result, with his sole victory coming in the Bahrain Grand Prix.
As a result Vettel finds himself down in fourth in the drivers’ championship at present, 26 points adrift of leader Fernando Alonso.
However, it was clear at the European Grand Prix that Vettel is in the position to dominate in a similar manner to last season, despite failing to finish for the first time since Abu Dhabi in the penultimate race of his 2011 title-winning year.
As a team, Red Bull’s pace has been improving as they have secured pole position in each of the last three races, with Vettel comfortably quickest in Valencia.
This was significant as qualifying has been tight in almost every other race this season, while Vettel continued to show superior speed in the actual race, building up a lead of over 20 seconds until suffering an alternator problem and having to retire.
The good news was that a new double-diffuser style floor appeared to have positive impact on the RB8 and assuming he steers clear of accidents, Vettel must be considered the man to beat at Silverstone.
Ferrari have already suggested that the extra pace of the Red Bull is a slight cause for concern, while Torro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari remarked on this being the first time that one car has looked so superior in comparison to the rest.
Vettel is a previous British Grand Prix winner from 2009 so knows what it takes to prevail at the circuit and looked to be in command last year until a pit-stop mistake saw him beaten by Alonso.
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