British Grand Prix

This entry was posted on Friday, July 8th, 2011

Racing is coming home…

The F1 season reaches Silverstone this weekend, where Sebastien Vettel will be looking to extend his 77 point lead at the top of the World Championship. Yet however exciting this Sunday’s race is, it’s unlikely to top the drama of 1995.

Michael Schumacher arrived as favourite, leading the Drivers’ Championship, 11 clear of Damon Hill. The German had won three of the previous four races but Hill had won on home soil in 1994 and was eager to do so again.

Rain fell just 30 minutes before the race, causing teams to throw their well-honed tactical plans out of the window. Schmuacher led early on but by lap 46, Hill’s new tyres were giving him the impetus to take the lead. He attempted a passing manoeuvre at Stowe corner but was prevented by a lapped Sauber, so he went again, diving up the inside at the entry to the Priory left-hander. The German however, turned in to the racing line causing the two to collide, spinning into the gravel trap. Neither returned.

The accident left their team-mates, Coulthard and Herbert to battle it out for victory. The Williams driver passed Herbert on lap 49 but had to accept a stop-go penalty two laps later and dropped to third. This meant the race would be a maiden victory for the popular British driver Johnny Herbert, for Benetton, at his 74th attempt. His next win, in Italy, followed four races later.

Back to the present day, where aside from Vettel, only two drivers have won races this season. Hamilton (13/2 with Blue Square) won here on the way to securing the 2008 championship whilst he finished as runner-up last year. Fellow Brit and 2011 GP winner, Jenson Button, has never finished higher than 4th on home soil and is available at 13.5 on Betfair.

In Canada, Vettel showed that he is not immune from mistakes and memories of being forced off the track here last year by Webber will be playing on his mind. As such, we feel the 4/6 with Bet365 is not enough to tempt us. For value, head to Blue Square to take the 13/2 on offer on Hamilton or a podium finish at 4/5.

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