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Max Verstappen’s World Drivers’ Championship lead stands at 41 points after he earned a fifth win of the season in Canada but this weekend he returns to the track that produced one of the most dramatic moments of the 2021 season.
A coming together at Copse between Verstappen and title rival Lewis Hamilton saw the Dutchman fly into the barriers at high speed last year as relations soured further between Red Bull and Mercedes and Verstappen will be keen to set the record straight and take his first win at Silverstone in Formula 1.
However, it was Carlos Sainz that emerged victorious in an excellent qualifying session, taking his first ever pole position in Formula 1 by the finest of margins. Max Verstappen splits the two Ferraris, while the Mercedes drivers are down in fifth and eighth.
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Max Verstappen to win at 4/6
The reigning World Drivers’ Champion has been inexorable when it comes to race pace this season and for the majority of qualifying he looked well on track to take pole, as well.
He was pipped to the post by Sainz, largely thanks to having to lift off for a yellow flag, but I fancy his chances against the Spaniard in wheel-to-wheel racing.
Verstappen has won six of the nine Grands Prix this season and has stood on the top step of the podium in five of the last six races. Sainz is yet to win a Formula 1 race and the Ferraris have suffered three retirements in the last four races.
Once again, this is Verstappen’s to lose.
Lewis Hamilton to finish on the podium at 5/2
Lewis Hamilton looked on track for a top-three finish in qualifying until a mistaken strategy call ruined his final flying lap, but the upgrades brought by the Mercedes team certainly seem to be paying off.
The car looks a much faster package and the gap between the Brackley-based team and Red Bull and Ferrari looks to have narrowed.
Mercedes are yet to suffer a retirement this season and while they cannot quite match the pace of the leading teams, it is worth mentioning that Red Bull and Ferrari have seen nine DNFs between them in 2022.
Their race pace has actually been fairly good this season, too, and Canada saw Hamilton take his second podium of the season.
The seven-time World Drivers’ Champion loves Silverstone and, while a ninth win in the British Grand Prix may be a step too far, with a bit of luck he is certainly capable of making the podium.
Both cars to be classified: Haas – No at 6/4
I have tipped this bet in the last two races and both times it has come to pass.
The reliability of the Ferrari-powered cars continues to be an issue and Haas have plenty of other problems beside.
It was Mick Schumacher’s turn to retire in Canada but prior to that Kevin Magnussed had failed to finish three of the previous four races. In fact, both Haas cars have seen the chequered flag in just one of the last five races, with each of the last three seeing this bet land.
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Nicholas Latifi to beat Alex Albon
Nicholas Latifi delivered one of the shocks of qualifying when he got his Williams through into Q3 yet he is still a massive underdog against his teammate, who starts down in 16th with an apparently upgraded car.
Albon is generally considered a much better driver than the Canadian but he is starting six places behind Latifi and has only actually beaten his teammate in two of the last four Grands Prix.
Fernando Alonso to beat Esteban Ocon
Fernando Alonso schooled Esteban Ocon in the wet qualifying conditions, going almost two seconds quicker than the younger man in Q2 before achieving seventh in Q3.
He will start eight positions ahead of Ocon and has finished ahead of him in two of the last three races.
Lewis Hamilton to beat George Russell
Lewis Hamilton has suffered his fair share of bad luck this season but he claimed a podium in Canada and has a stellar record around Silverstone.
He has won the British Grand Prix eight times and hasn’t been beaten by his teammate here since 2013. He starts fifth to Russell’s eighth and will be looking forward rather than behind.
Kevin Magnussen to beat Mick Schumacher
Kevin Magnussen outqualified Mick Schumacher for the fifth Grand Prix in a row on Saturday and while the two Haas cars are starting towards the back of the grid it is still likely to be the more experienced man that comes out on top against a teammate yet to score a point in his Formula 1 career.
Lando Norris to beat Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo’s plight shows no signs of stopping after another dismal qualifying session, with the Australian down in 14th while Lando Norris begins sixth.
Ricciardo has managed just two points finishes this season and has cut a dejected figure at times, while Norris has six points finishes and a podium to his name.
Max Verstappen to beat Sergio Perez
Max Verstappen looked the man to beat for the vast majority of Saturday and starts ahead of his teammate once again.
Sergio Perez has his moments of brilliance but, overall, he is some way off Verstappen and has only beaten him in one of the last six Grands Prix.
Pierre Gasly to beat Yuki Tsunoda
While the AlphaTauri car looks to be going backwards, Pierre Gasly has been putting in some solid performances in relation to his teammate recently.
He outqualified Tsunoda on Saturday and has finished ahead of the Japanese driver in each of the last three races.
Sebastian Vettel to beat Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll was the slowest man on track in qualifying and will start from the back of the grid, two grid positions behind Sebastian Vettel.
The Canadian managed a points finish in his home Grand Prix last time out but prior to that he was beaten by Vettel in three successive races.
Valtteri Bottas to beat Guanyu Zhou
Guanyu Zhou is really starting to get to grips with Formula 1 and delivered another excellent qualifying session on Saturday but it will take some time for him to match the experience of Valtteri Bottas.
The Finn has only been beaten by Zhou once this season and that came back in Saudi Arabia when he was forced to retire the car.
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