Momentum is with German driver Sebastian Vettel after Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes slip in the British Grand Prix.
<p>As the heatwave fries England it was perhaps fitting that the mercury also rose in the Formula 1 World Championship race following a thrilling British Grand Prix at Silverstone.</p><p>Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are locked in a ding-dong battle for glory after the German ended the Briton’s rich run of form at his home track by taking first place on the podium on Sunday. Vettel now has an eight-point lead on Hamilton and it may be time to take on the bookmakers’ faith in the Mercedes No 1.</p><p>Vettel is available at 6/4 with <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f" rel="nofollow">Bet365</a> while Hamilton is available at 4/6 with <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=147&a=45a32028-f668-4cc0-b786-c8ac9d4db1f" rel="nofollow">Ladbrokes</a>.</p><p>It seems a mighty short price about a driver whose skill is not in doubt but his car’s reliability and tactics are. Granted Hamilton gave his followers something to roar about at Silverstone but we’re not wowed enough by that to start smashing into short odds-on caused by patriotic punts.</p><p>Frankly, the chance to get with Vettel looks too good to turn down because just as he and his Ferrari colleagues are beginning to tune up, Mercedes are struggling. It was only last week that Hamilton and Mercedes threw in a stinker of a performance at the Austrian Grand Prix with an alarming number of mistakes.</p><p>And before the French, Hamilton’s teammate, Valterri Bottas had dismissed the team’s chances because of tinkering with specifications of a new engine. The black marks are beginning to stack up against a skinny favourite.</p><p>It could be that the issues are starting to get to Hamilton’s cool persona. He spun off at the start, having been over-eager to keep his nose in front from pole. That sort of tightness in arms and legs could hint at friction in the camp. After the race, a fuming Hamilton ducked interviews and said little in the Green Room, perhaps another sign of his unhappiness with technical issues hindering his run.</p><p>And it doesn’t look like getting any easier. Vettel now has the momentum and his home race, the German Grand Prix, is next up on July 22, followed by the Hungarian Grand Prix. It’s another back-to-back set of races in the last week of July.</p><p>Hamilton has won three German titles and Vettel one, and the Ferrari man will be desperate to excite the home fans. Vettel also won last time out in Hungary and in 2015, with Hamilton the meat in the sandwich.</p>