The string of three straight race weekends in Formula One will come to an end on Sunday with the prestigious Rolex British Grand Prix (9 a.m. ET/ESPN). It will be the 73rd edition of the race, with all since 1987 coming in Silverstone.
As we sit here today, here are the five favorites for Sunday’s race.
You have to start here. If not for some bad luck last weekend in Austria, Mercedes was heading towards a likely 1-2 finish. They’ve locked out the front row for two of the last three race weekends and could end the grueling three race stretch the way they started, in victory lane.
Hamilton, has won this race in four straight years now and is this weekend going for his fifth straight and No. 6 overall on his home soil. With three wins in his last six races, I think he gets it.
He starts on the pole and was first, first and second respectively in the three practice sessions.
He was runner-up in a 1-2 Mercedes finish last season in England. He should have been in the top two last weekend in Austria but a mechanical failure ruined that. He qualified on the pole position one week ago and looks to end his recent string of bad luck. With two second place finishes in his last four British Grand Prix tries, Bottas’ No. 77 Mercedes will be in the hunt this weekend.
He will start fourth.
He’s never really fared well in this race. That could change on Sunday. Vettel, has two runner-up (2009 and 2011) and two third place finishes (2012 and 2015) in England. Those are his only podiums. Can he get his first win though? He’s scored four podium finishes over his last five races, so despite Hamilton winning three of those races, he still holds a one point advantage heading into this race weekend.
Can he come out still holding it?
Vettel was quickest on Saturday morning’s practice and starts second for Sunday’s race.
Is there a hotter driver in the series right now? Verstappen, has three straight podium finishes as he went from third, to second to first. Over the last five races, he’s sprayed champagne four times. In 2016, he came home second in this race. He was fourth last year. He will roll off fifth.
The Red Bulls are coming in hot. Ricciardo, wants his turn with a win. After winning the Monaco Grand Prix, the Aussie has struggled a bit with zero podiums in three times. He finished fourth twice and 18th last weekend. In this race in particular, Ricciardo has three top five finishes in his last four tries. The Red Bulls are improved over those years so he has a chance.