Formula 1: British Grand Prix

Formula 1 arrives at Silverstone this weekend for the British Grand Prix and current Championship leader Sebastian Vettel has a strong chance of creeping away from the rest of the pack.

Vettel heads into Silverstone with a 36-point lead over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, with Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen a further eight points adrift, and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton nine points back from the Finn.

In results terms, Vettel’s advantage means Alonso would need a win and a fourth place with the German not scoring to overtake him.

The problem for Alonso, Raikkonen and the rest has not just been Vettel’s speed, they’ve all got the better of him at certain points in the season, but his consistency.

He has finished every race this year, only twice not been on the podium, and never been lower than fourth.

It gets worse for his closest challengers as he’s 15/8 favourite for victory at Silverstone this weekend.

The last four British Grands Prix have been won by three drivers – Vettel and Alonso once and the other Red Bull driver, Mark Webber, twice.

Wet or dry, it is hard to look past these three men as the most likely winners on Sunday.

Silverstone is renowned as a unique challenge for drivers. Its exhilarating sweep through the super-fast combination of corners at Copse-Maggotts-Becketts-Chapel is a test so demanding that only two other circuits can compare: Spa and Suzuka.

There are very few places better on earth to appreciate the awesome capabilities of a grand prix car than to stand on the spectator bank at the entry to Becketts.

These corners  are a test for the cars as well as the drivers. They put a premium on aerodynamic efficiency, Red Bull’s specialty.

The hope for the rest is that those type of corners are also the ones that put most load into the tyres, and Red Bull have proven harder on their tyres than Ferrari and Lotus.

If a British driver wins the British Grand Prix then Ladbrokes are offering money back as a free bet on losing race winner bets.

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