5 Top Picks & Preview For The F1 British GP

Silverstone awaits as Formula 1 returns to where it all began at the British Grand Prix this weekend.

Once again, Lewis Hamilton will be at the centre of F1 attention as he bids for a record sixth win at his home race and Mercedes arrive in Northamptonshire looking for a response having suffered their first loss of 2019 last time out in Austria.

Instead, it was Max Verstappen who produced a brilliant drive to pass Charles Leclerc with two laps to go and give Red Bull a memorable victory in Spielberg.

Last year, however, it was Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari who spoilt the party at Silverstone, so a close battle is in store.

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Aerial View of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, on 8th July 2018. Aerial Photograph by David Goddard/ Getty Images

About the race:

The site of the first F1 championship race in 1950, there is a cloud of uncertainty over the British GP ahead of the race.

This is the final year of the current contract between Silverstone and owners Liberty Media and negotiations have been tense to agree on a renewal.

Support has been piling in to ensure its future however, with the UK fans among the most passionate in the world and the circuit one of the most challenging all season.

Historically, Silverstone has always been high-speed and though today’s layout is very different from the original set around the World War 2 airfield, that very much remains the case.

From the flat-out curves of Abbey and Copse to the sweeping Maggotts and Becketts complex, the whole F1 track is one big adrenaline rush.

And though other venues have hosted the British GP, including Aintree and the well-known Brands Hatch, Silverstone is the place synonymous with the race thanks to many historic moments.

Giuseppe Farina would begin by winning the first world championship race, but it was Jim Clark and later Alain Prost who set the record with five victories apiece.

Nigel Mansell almost matched them with four triumphs and created the iconic image with Ayrton Senna as the Brazilian rode shotgun on his Williams back to the pits in 1991.

Michael Schumacher controversially won in the pits in a rain-soaked race in 1998 but would break his leg a year later after brake failure at Stowe.

More recently, Lewis Hamilton joined Clark and Prost as five-time winners beginning with arguably his greatest drive in the wet in 2008 before winning four straight races from 2014 to 2017. 

Can he go on to make history by adding a sixth this weekend? Here’s our picks.

Top Pick: Lewis Hamilton ($32.1m)

Well, Austria might have been a rare off day for the world champion but with Mercedes expected to be back on form and given his form at Silverstone, it remains very hard to look past him for victory.

Ferrari will provide very strong competition and have made some good progress but it will need something special to stop the man from Stevenage.

Medium pick: Kimi Raikkonen ($10.7m)

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Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Alfa Romeo Racing walks in the Pitlane during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 11, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

After a tricky stretch of races, signs are looking more positive for Alfa Romeo and Raikkonen remains his ever-consistent self.

This track should suit their car too with the Ferrari engine likely to be a major advantage over the Renault-powered cars they’ll be racing against so another top 10 is very possible.

Low pick: Lando Norris ($5.5m)

That being said, McLaren should remain the midfield team to beat as Silverstone plays to their strength in high-speed corners and the Renault engine has made huge progress compared to the miserable F1 performance of last year.

So with Norris currently the lowest valued driver available despite finishing sixth in Austria, he is an absolute must-have for his home race.

Notable picks:

Charles Leclerc ($23.5m)

Leclerc has been the man leading the Ferrari charge in the past few races with three straight podiums including his narrow loss to Verstappen at the previous race.

While qualifying struggles for Vettel have been the reason for that, it does appear the Monegasque is beginning to establish himself at the Italian team, so expect his strong form to continue in Britain.

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Charles Leclerc of Scuderia Ferrari on the podium after the F1 Grand Prix of Austria. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Kevin Magnussen ($9.8m)

A risky pick based on Haas’ recent F1 performance but the team did finish ‘best of the rest’ in Barcelona, a circuit quite similar to Silverstone so if the Dane can be more competitive anywhere it might be Britain.

That concludes the preview for the British Grand Prix, so head on over to PlayOn.co now to create and enter your daily fantasy teams today!