Home drivers do not have the worst record in terms of supplying British Grand Prix winners. Since 1990 Nigel Mansell and David Coulthard have claimed back-to-back victories, while Damon Hill, Johnny Herbert and Lewis Hamilton are former winners.
This is obviously all without referring to Jim Clark, whose five victories in the 1960s puts him level with Alain Prost as the most successful drivers in British Grand Prix history.
However, Ladbrokes’ promotion for the race this year makes it preferable to look away from the British entrants in 2013.
The promotion is that all losing race winner bets will have their stakes refunded as a free bet should a British driver take the chequered flag at Silverstone.
There are four British drivers in Formula One this year, but a victory for Max Chilton would potentially be the biggest upset since the tortoise overtook the hare in Aesop’s Fables.
Jenson Button’s chances aren’t much better based on the results of McLaren in Canada with the car lacking downforce, but some upgrades are expected at Silverstone to enhance top-end speed.
This could be useful giving Silverstone’s standing as a fast and flowing track.
Paul Di Resta was seventh for Force India in Canada despite starting from the rear of the grid having failed to make it through Q1.
A stronger qualifying effort at the British Grand Prix has the capacity to bring a first career F1 podium, but a race win may be expecting too much.
Therefore, it is Hamilton that looks the most likely British winner and he has stated himself that this is his best chance of victory since his last Silverstone triumph in 2008.
The fact that Mercedes have taken pole position in four of the seven races so far shows the car does not lack short-term speed, but the problem has been making the tyres last for additional laps.
If Hamilton can improve this issue, 8/1 is a big price that he wins the British Grand Prix, which would represent his first victory of the current season.
For the purposes of the promotion, where all the terms and conditions can be found here, we need to find a non-British driver with the safety net in place.
Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg is likely to go well and is worthy of some attention at 12/1, but it is hard to ignore current world championship leader Sebastian Vettel at 13/8, with Red Bull having won the British Grand Prix in three of the last four years.
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