The British Grand Prix takes place at Silverstone on Sunday and it looks like there will be a three-way fight for victory between Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.
Mercedes’ perfect start to the 2019 F1 season was halted in Austria last time out, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc taking pole position before Red Bull’s Max Verstappen picked up the victory in Spielberg.
The Silver Arrows are still way ahead in the race for the Constructors’ Championship, having amassed 363 points to put them 135 points ahead of second-placed Ferrari, while Red Bull are a further 59 points behind the leaders.
However, the first two practice sessions on Friday suggest it will be a fiercely-contested grand prix on Sunday and the Silver Arrows will need to be on top of their game to claim the spoils.
World Championship leader Hamilton was fourth in P1 before putting in an improved performance in P2 to end up second with a time of 1:26.801, just behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who clocked 1:26.732.
Both cars for Ferrari and Red Bull were within a second of the Finn, who has won twice this season, and it is shaping up to be a very competitive weekend in Northamptonshire.
However, the nod has to go to Hamilton due to his superb record at the track, having won here in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, leaving him alongside Alain Prost and Jim Clark for the most British GP wins.
Victory on Sunday would put the 34-year-old top of the all-time standings and it is hard to look past him to rack up his seventh win of the campaign.
Although Hamilton has been on pole position for the last four years, there isn’t much value in backing him to top qualifying at 2/5 and that is why his team-mate Bottas gets the nod in this market.
The Finn has clinched pole position three times this season – in China, Azerbaijan and Spain – and has performed well at Silverstone over the years, with his results reading 12-2-5-14-2-4.
With Bottas topping P2, it shows he is capable of going quick at Silverstone and he definitely looks worth a punt to start Sunday’s race from the head of the pack.