Hamilton has a strong record in front of his home fans.

The prospect of the invincible season is over as Max Verstappen’s stunning success for Red Bull in Austria last time out ended Mercedes’ run of eight straight wins.

The Mercedes W10’s of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas suffered from cooling issues in the stifling heat of Spielberg, and it was Verstappen who took advantage following a superb late-race tussle with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

Home advantage should pay dividends for Hamilton, who won four in a row until last year when he was punted off early on the first lap by Kimi Raikkonen, then with Ferrari, but brilliantly fought from the back to claim second behind Sebastian Vettel.

Here are our selections for the July 14 event.

Hamilton hat-trick on home soil

2017 British Grand Prix – Race Day – Silverstone Circuit

Lewis Hamilton knows what it is like to win the British Grand Prix (Martin Rickett/PA)

It is not an easy feat – pole position, fastest lap, race win – but Hamilton has achieved the distinction on 14 occasions throughout his 238-grand prix career, with two of those at Silverstone, in 2015 and 2017.

Accepting that what unfolded in the last race in Austria was a blip in what has so far been a thoroughly dominant season from Mercedes, then Hamilton should be back on song in front of his adoring fans.

At odds of 10/1 for the hat-trick, in a sport where bets of decent value are hard to come by, then this is worth a shout.

A race of attrition

British Grand Prix – Qualifying – Silverstone

Accidents have been commonplace at Silverstone in recent years (David Davies/PA)

Silverstone is one of those circuits where the retirement rate is high, whether due to accident damage or technical issues.

Since the introduction of the current 1.6-litre V6 turbo hybrid era in 2014, there have been 25 drivers not classified, as per the race classification from the FIA – 13 via accidents and 12 technical.

At an average of five per grand prix, then the likelihood is there will be ‘under 16’ drivers classified come the conclusion of the 52-lap race.

Lando to fly the flag

While virtually all the attention will understandably be on Hamilton, another British driver is starting to show he could step into the four-time champion’s shoes come the day he retires.

Lando Norris is enjoying a credible rookie season for a McLaren team that has emerged from the shadows this year and is the best of the rest behind the Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

With two sixth-place finishes to his credit this season, including last time out in Austria, and with the backing of the home fans behind him, another top-six spot beckons.

Recommended bets

Lewis Hamilton to complete a hat-trick of pole position, fastest lap and race win
‘Under 16’ drivers to be officially classified
McLaren’s Lando Norris to claim a top-six finish

Takeaways

Lewis Hamilton has four poles, four race wins and three fastest laps in the past five years at Silverstone.
Since 2014, there have been 25 drivers not classified in the final race classification.
Lando Norris has finished sixth in two grands prix this season.

Hamilton has a strong record in front of his home fans.

The prospect of the invincible season is over as Max Verstappen’s stunning success for Red Bull in Austria last time out ended Mercedes’ run of eight straight wins.

The Mercedes W10’s of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas suffered from cooling issues in the stifling heat of Spielberg, and it was Verstappen who took advantage following a superb late-race tussle with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

Home advantage should pay dividends for Hamilton, who won four in a row until last year when he was punted off early on the first lap by Kimi Raikkonen, then with Ferrari, but brilliantly fought from the back to claim second behind Sebastian Vettel.

Here are our selections for the July 14 event.

Hamilton hat-trick on home soil

2017 British Grand Prix – Race Day – Silverstone Circuit

Lewis Hamilton knows what it is like to win the British Grand Prix (Martin Rickett/PA)

It is not an easy feat – pole position, fastest lap, race win – but Hamilton has achieved the distinction on 14 occasions throughout his 238-grand prix career, with two of those at Silverstone, in 2015 and 2017.

Accepting that what unfolded in the last race in Austria was a blip in what has so far been a thoroughly dominant season from Mercedes, then Hamilton should be back on song in front of his adoring fans.

At odds of 10/1 for the hat-trick, in a sport where bets of decent value are hard to come by, then this is worth a shout.

A race of attrition

British Grand Prix – Qualifying – Silverstone

Accidents have been commonplace at Silverstone in recent years (David Davies/PA)

Silverstone is one of those circuits where the retirement rate is high, whether due to accident damage or technical issues.

Since the introduction of the current 1.6-litre V6 turbo hybrid era in 2014, there have been 25 drivers not classified, as per the race classification from the FIA – 13 via accidents and 12 technical.

At an average of five per grand prix, then the likelihood is there will be ‘under 16’ drivers classified come the conclusion of the 52-lap race.

Lando to fly the flag

While virtually all the attention will understandably be on Hamilton, another British driver is starting to show he could step into the four-time champion’s shoes come the day he retires.

Lando Norris is enjoying a credible rookie season for a McLaren team that has emerged from the shadows this year and is the best of the rest behind the Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

With two sixth-place finishes to his credit this season, including last time out in Austria, and with the backing of the home fans behind him, another top-six spot beckons.

Recommended bets

Lewis Hamilton to complete a hat-trick of pole position, fastest lap and race win
‘Under 16’ drivers to be officially classified
McLaren’s Lando Norris to claim a top-six finish

Takeaways

Lewis Hamilton has four poles, four race wins and three fastest laps in the past five years at Silverstone.
Since 2014, there have been 25 drivers not classified in the final race classification.
Lando Norris has finished sixth in two grands prix this season.