Last time out at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, Mercedes stranglehold on winning races in the current Formula 1 season was finally broken as on his team’s home track, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen controversially held off Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in an intriguing battle between the two to claim the first non-Mercedes win of the new Formula 1 season.

Mercedes did manage third in the table with Valtteri Bottas claiming the final podium place ahead of Sebastian Vettel in fourth and Championship leader Lewis Hamilton in fifth following a difficult weekend for the British driver. Hamilton will get chance to put things right in his home race next however as this weekend sees the F1 carousel roll into Great Britain and to the famous circuit of Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.

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Let’s now take a look at how things stand in the current Formula 1 season, before we preview the race at Silverstone this weekend.

F1 Championship Standings (after 9 races)

Drivers Championship

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) – Mercedes – 197
  2. Vallteri Bottas (Fin) – Mercedes – 166
  3. Max Verstappen (Hol) – Red Bull – 126
  4. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) – Ferrari – 123
  5. Charles Leclerc (Mon) – Ferrari – 105
  6. Pierre Gasly (Fra) – Red Bull – 43
  7. Carlos Sainz (Esp) – McLaren – 30
  8. Lando Norris (Gbr) – McLaren – 22
  9. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) – Alfa Romeo – 21
  10. Daniel Ricciaro (Aus) – Renault – 16
  11. Niko Hulkenberg (Ger) – Renault – 16
  12. Kevin Magnussen (Den) – Haas – 14
  13. Sergio Perez (Mex) – Racing Point – 13
  14. Danil Kyvat (Rus) – Toro Rosso – 10
  15. Alexander Albon (Tha) – Toro Rosso – 7
  16. Lance Stroll (Can) – Racing Point – 6
  17. Romain Grosjean (Fra) – Haas – 2
  18. Antonio Giovanazzi (Ita) – Alfa Romeo – 1
  19. George Russell (Gbr) – Williams – 0
  20. Robert Kubica (Pol) – Williams – 0

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes – 363
  2. Ferrari – 228
  3. Red Bull – 169
  4. McLaren -52
  5. Renault – 32
  6. Alfa Romeo – 22
  7. Racing Point – 19
  8. Toro Rosso – 17
  9. Haas – 16
  10. Williams – 0

Fastest Lap Winners (1 point awarded in each race)

  • Australia – Vallteri Bottas (Mercedes)
  • Bahrain – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  • China – Pierre Gasly (Red Bull)
  • Azerbaijan – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  • Spain – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • Monaco – Pierre Gasly (Red Bull)
  • Canada – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
  • France – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
  • Austria – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

British Grand Prix Preview

The oldest race in the Formula 1 calendar and along with the Italian Grand Prix, it is the only race to have been contested in every F1 season so far. The British Grand Prix has a long and illustrious history within the sport of F1 and last year, Sebastian Vettel pipped Lewis Hamilton to the victory with a fine drive in his Ferrari.

Silverstone has held the tournament since 1963, initially alternating with Brands Hatch until 1986 but since 1987 it has been the exclusive home to the British Grand Prix. However, with no contract signed for the 2020 race, this could be the last time, for a while at least, that the British Grand Prix is held at the track.

British Grand Prix Facts and Figures

  • Most Wins Driver – 5 – Jim Clark, Alain Prost and Lewis Hamilton
  • Most Wins Constructor – Ferrari – 16
  • Other Notable British Grand Prix Winners – Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, Niki Lauda, James Hunt, Fernando Alonso, David Coulthard, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham, Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari.

Circuit Information

  • Silverstone Circuit
  • Crowd Capacity – 150,000
  • Length – 5.891 Kilometers
  • Turns – 18
  • Lap Record – 1.30.621 (Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 2017)

The famous circuit has a number of famous corners and straights including Becketts, Maggots, Copse, Stowe, Club, Luffield, Brooklands and the Hangar Straight. A new section added from 2011 also includes Farm, Village, The Loop, Aintree and the Wellington Straight which is the new lead into the Brooklands corner.

Who Will win the 2019 British Grand Prix?

Our Tip – Winner – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 8/11

Last time out in Austria, Lewis Hamilton had a pretty miserable time of things as pretty much anything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong for the Driver’s Championship leader. Despite this, Hamilton still finished a respectable fifth, adding ten points to his total and he is still well clear of his main rival, team mate Vallteri Bottas, in second.

Hamilton had won four British Grand Prix’s in a row prior to his second place last year to Sebastian Vettel and he will know one more win will see him become the most successful driver ever to compete in the race. In addition, it would also cement his place at the top of the Driver’s Championship.

I can’t see Hamilton being beset by the same problems he had in Austria once again, Mercedes cars are too reliable in general for that and as such, I think Hamilton, even at odds on, is the smart driver to back for the win.

Each Way Podium Finish – Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 9/1

After a superb performance last week in Austria on what is Red Bull’s home circuit, I think the win Max Verstappen experienced will have him in great confidence heading into this race. Having broken Mercedes dominance of victories, I think Red Bull will now feel they can emerge as an equally credible challenger to Mercedes as Ferrari.

Verstappen is quick and fearless and although sometimes reckless, he is a superb young talent and as such, I think he will be good for a place on the podium this weekend.