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British Grand Prix: Hamilton to shine in Silverstone sun

Lewis Hamilton is the odds-on favourite to continue his domination at Silverstone and secure an historic victory at the British Grand Prix,

The 33-year-old has been the master on home soil in recent years and is bidding to become the first driver in history to win the race six times.

Hamilton enjoyed his first win in 2008 and has triumphed in the last four editions, with no driver having won the British Grand Prix five times in a row.

He describes himself as "very patriotic" and admits driving in front of a partisan 140,000-strong crowd gives him extra motivation.

"I grew up watching football and other sports," he said. "I always imagined what it would be like at the Olympics with the flag raised above you after winning gold, or even winning the World Cup.

"That is the dream for every kid growing up, and you are probably not normal if you don't have that image cross your mind at least once. When I do get to stand on the podium here in Formula One, you will see that I look back at the flag above me. It is such an honour."

Hamilton is looking to bounce back from his disappointment in Austria when a poor strategy call by the Mercedes team saw him slip from first to fourth before a mechanical failure ended his run of 33 consecutive finishes.

He is now one point behind Sebastian Vettel in the title race but given his form at Silverstone, Hamilton is the obvious pick of the British Grand Prix odds at 8/11.

The one factor that may give hope to his rivals is the weather. The country is basking in a heatwave just as it was in 2013 when the high temperatures led to a number of drivers, including Hamilton, suffering tyre blowouts as the rubber failed to stay together in the hot weather.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: "These Pirelli tyres are sensitive to heat and that could be a really interesting variable that is thrown into the mix.

"Who expects 30 degree heat at Silverstone? Silverstone is always extremes; it's either extremely cold, extremely windy or extremely wet. Perhaps this year it could be extremely hot?"

The forecast suggests that will be the case and that makes 1/1 for under 15.5 drivers to be classified worth taking.

For the last of our British Grand Prix betting tips, a winning margin of over six seconds at 4/6 looks a solid choice.

No race has had a bigger distance between the winner and second place over the last 10 years, with the average being 16.9 seconds.

British Grand Prix Betting Tips

Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in F1