British Grand Prix

British Grand Prix 2016

Expect Lewis Hamilton to be among the favourites to win this showpiece British sporting event in July.

When is the British Grand Prix 2016?

This year’s British Grand Prix will be the tenth race of the 2016 season.  The race itself is on July 10th 2016 with practice sessions starting on July 8th.

Who are the Main Contenders?

All eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton and his hat-trick attempt.  With his Mercedes team being imperious during the last two seasons and there being only limited changes to the regulations this season he is certainly hard to oppose.

Bet365 are offering pre-season odds of even-money about any British driver winning the British Grand Prix which also gives you Jenson Button and Jolyon Palmer which looks outstanding value.

Hamilton’s teammate, Nico Rosberg, was brilliant in the final few races of the 2015 season and will be looking to improve on last season’s second place.  However, it is four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel, winner of the British Grand Prix in 2009, which may put up the most resistance.

Vettel’s Ferrari team have won the British Grand Prix 15 times making them the race’s most successful team and, although they have not been the all-conquering outfit they were at the turn of the century, they improved dramatically throughout the 2015 season and their renaissance could be complete in 2016.

How to Bet on The British Grand Prix 2016

As with all F1 races bookmakers offer a plethora of betting opportunities and Formula One free bets and offers on the British Grand Prix.  In total there will be upward of 160 unique betting markets on offer come race day.

From the winner of the ‘race’ for pole-position to betting odds on a specific driver finishing on the podium. Match bets to winning margin, finishing within the top-ten to nationality of the winning driver, the number of cars to finish the race to the leader after five laps.  There is very little you cannot bet on in F1 racing.

Immediately after the conclusion of the previous race, (in 2016 that will be the Austrian GP), all of these markets will be in place. They will see plenty of movement in the build-up to Sunday race day as markets evolve during three practice sessions and a Saturday qualifying session.

This qualifying session, which is staged in a three-phase knock-out scenario, generates substantial Grand Prix betting turnover in itself and is an integral part of any Formula 1 betting weekend.

This year all eyes will be on three-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton who is the only Brit to have won the race since 2000 and has been a pre-event winning favourite the last two years.

British Grand Prix Betting Odds

Every major betting firm will price-up the British Grand Prix and it is Lewis Hamilton, who starts the 2016 season as 8/11 favourite (Skybet) to claim his fourth World Championship, who will surely go off favourite.

Hamilton’s Mercedes team are considered 1/7 favourites to win the 2016 Constructors title meaning the British driver will face some stiff opposition from his teammate, Nico Rosberg, not only over the course of the season but particularly at the British Grand Prix – this circuit being considered one of the fairest on the F1 roster.

Given the British Grand Prix’s status amongst UK sporting events there will be several bespoke offers for British Grand Prix betting online.  Promotions will include enhanced odds and British Grand Prix free bet offers.

British Grand Prix Betting Tips

The Silverstone circuit, which was revamped for the 2010 British Grand Prix is a testing race track.  So, whilst the odds on the race winner and pole-setter may accurately reflect each driver’s chances, bookmakers may make some mistakes in some of the more obscure markets.  

Bet365 always open an interesting market on the number of finishers at the British Grand Prix.  Given seven of the 20 starters in 2015 failed to see the chequered flag and there were an additional five ‘DNF’s’ in 2014 this is a market where the form-book says you should ‘go low’.

Similarly on-track incidents have necessitated use of the Safety Car in four of the last six British Grand Prix so any even-money that appears about it being used in 2016 should be snapped-up especially if you can use a British Grand Prix free bet.

Where to Watch The British Grand Prix 2016 Live?

Sky Sports dedicated F1 channel will broadcast the entire race weekend – including all practice sessions, qualifying and the race – live.  Established broadcaster Channel 4 will have the terrestrial rights to the race for the first time in 2016 and they too will televise the race live.

British Grand Prix History

The British Grand Prix was first held in 1926 and has had many homes although it was not until 1950 and the introduction of Formula 1 that the British Grand Prix became the colossal sporting event it is today.

Silverstone has been the permanent home of the British Grand Prix since 1987.  Between 1963 and 1986 it was staged there on alternating years sharing the race with Brands Hatch.  Prior to that Aintree staged the race five times:  1955, 57, 59, 61 & 62.  As it stands Silverstone is the oldest race on F1’s calendar.

Given this heritage and a race-day attendance of 140,000 spectators the British Grand Prix is considered one of the UK’s classic sporting events sitting alongside the FA Cup, Grand National and Wimbledon.

Within Formula 1 the British Grand Prix is also a showpiece event.  No less than seven teams have their factories within a 100 mile radius of the circuit and the sport’s commercial management is based in London.

A look through the British GP results shows there have been eight different British Grand Prix winners in the past 12 years albeit none have been surprise victors.

British GP Stats

The Silverstone circuit has had a new configuration since 2010 therefore results prior to that are not listed.

Year Starters Finishers Pole Winner Started Winning Margin

2010 24 20 Vettel Webber 2nd 1.3sec

2011 24 19 Webber Alonso 3rd 16.5sec

2012 23 21 Alonso Webber 2nd 3.0sec

2013 22 20 Hamilton Rosberg 2nd 0.7sec

2014 22 17 Rosberg   Hamilton 6th 30.1sec

2015 20 13 Hamilton Hamilton 1st 10.9sec

Jim Clark and Alain Prost are the most successful drivers in the British Grand Prix winners list claiming the race five times apiece.  Of the drivers which are currently racing Lewis Hamilton is the most successful with three wins (2008, 2014, 2015).  Fernando Alonso has won the British Grand Prix twice, 2006 & 2011.