F1 Betting: Mercedes Hopes to Recover from Austria Horror Show

Ed Hawkins

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 1:52 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 3, 2018 1:52 PM UTC

No. 2 driver Valtteri Bottas might be the value in Sunday's British Grand Prix as the team tries to get its house in order.

<p>Punters could be forgiven for feeling confused when it comes to the possible performance of Mercedes in the British Grand Prix. They are veering from the sublime to the ridiculous during the triple header.</p><p>Before the French Grand Prix, No. 2 driver Valtteri Bottas wrote off the car’s chances in the race, saying they shouldn’t be favourites because of technical and engine issues. Then Lewis Hamilton won, with the new engine purring satisfyingly.</p><p>In Austria, Hamilton was expected to take a stranglehold on the title but a catalog of errors have led critics to call their performance “the worst in history.” Hamilton agreed, saying it was the worst race for “a very, very long time.”</p><p>Mercedes mucked up when failing to pit Hamilton during the virtual safety car. It was an inexplicable decision. Tire issues then forced Hamilton out of the race while Bottas had to call it quits due to a hydraulics issue.</p><p>It means that Hamilton lost the World Championship lead to Sebastien Vettel, who came third. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took top spot on the podium.</p><p>Hamilton remains 8/15 favourite for the title with <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&amp;a=87e126f9-4229-4364-9464-7fbff2763146" rel="nofollow">William Hill</a>, despite a one-point deficit to Vettel. Vettel gets a 13/8 quote from <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&amp;a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f" rel="nofollow">Bet365</a>, <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&amp;a=45a32028-f668-4cc0-b786-c8ac9d4db1f7" rel="nofollow">Ladbrokes</a> and <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&amp;a=87e126f9-4229-4364-9464-7fbff2763146" rel="nofollow">William </a><a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&amp;a=87e126f9-4229-4364-9464-7fbff2763146" rel="nofollow">Hill</a>.</p><p>The bookies are sweet on Hamilton because they expect him to win at Silverstone, his home track. The Brit has won there for the last four years and it is arguable that Mercedes cannot possibly repeat the same number of errors as they did at Red Bull Ring.</p><p><a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&amp;a=87e126f9-4229-4364-9464-7fbff2763146" rel="nofollow">William </a><a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&amp;a=87e126f9-4229-4364-9464-7fbff2763146" rel="nofollow">Hill</a> go a best-price 11/10 about Hamilton winning with Vettel 7/2 with the same firm and <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&amp;a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f" rel="nofollow">Bet365</a>. Bottas is 6/1 with <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&amp;a=87e126f9-4229-4364-9464-7fbff2763146" rel="nofollow">William </a><a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&amp;a=87e126f9-4229-4364-9464-7fbff2763146" rel="nofollow">Hill</a> and Verstappen 13/2 with <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&amp;a=45a32028-f668-4cc0-b786-c8ac9d4db1f7" rel="nofollow">Ladbrokes</a>. The pair notched the one-two on this circuit last year.</p><p>We were sweet on Bottas before Austria and we don’t see a reason to change our mind. His form has been excellent and he has been let down by the car more often than Hamilton. He took pole in Austria and the 9/2 for a repeat with <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&amp;a=87e126f9-4229-4364-9464-7fbff2763146" rel="nofollow">William </a><a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&amp;a=87e126f9-4229-4364-9464-7fbff2763146" rel="nofollow">Hill</a> holds appeal.</p><p>But having discussed Mercedes’ problems it would be remiss not to point out some prices about another horror show. Hamilton and Bottas are 6/1 and 11/2 respectively not to finish the race with <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&amp;a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f" rel="nofollow">Bet365</a>. Mercedes are 14/1 with the same for the first retirement.</p>
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