This weekend sees the 2015 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, one of the fastest tracks on the circuit. The Mercedes drivers Hamilton and Rosberg are in a real battle for the Drivers Championship

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Mercedes have won seven out of the eight races so far this season, following on from winning 16 races after the introduction of new regulations at the beginning of 2014.  Only Ferrari, apart from Mercedes, have won a race in 2015 and that in very hot conditions in Malaysia which game then a tyre advantage over Mercedes.

Mercedes started the year with a time advantage of  a full second a lap and whilst Ferrari (with the help of engine token upgrades) have cut that deficit by around a third over the first part of this season it is still difficult to see past a Mercedes pole position (Hamilton has been on pole seven out of eight races this season), double front row lock out and ultimate win at Silverstone which is one of the fastest tracks on the circuit and will really suit the Mercedes power unit. Since 2010, 51% of all race wins have been scored by the man on pole, and 79% of all race wins from 1st or 2nd n the grid. This season, every race has been won from either first or second.

Out of eight races both Mercedes drivers have been on the podium every time, so that has only left eight places on the podium and Ferrari have taken six of those, with Vettel taking five of the six. In the last two Grand Prix though Williams have begun to challenge Ferrari more consistently. Poor qualifying by Vettel and a spin by Raikkonen in Canada allowed Williams’ Valtteri Bottas to capitalise, and then Felipe Massa held off Vettel for third in Austria.

Simply, the front end of the F1 grid in 2015 is not that competitive. Prices for the outright win at Silverstone are Hamilton 1/2 Rosberg 15/8 and 16/1 bar including Vettel. After Mercedes and Ferrrari in the pecking order the three other Mercedes powered teams (Williams, Force India and Lotus) have a huge advantage on power tracks compared to Red Bull/Toro Rosso (uncompetitive Renault engine), McLaren (Honda severely under-powered), Sauber (underfunded) and Manor (uncompetitive). The battle in midfield between the Mercedes teams is a good close one.

Over the last few races Force India has been the most consistent midfield team improving their average qualifying position over the first four races from 13th to 9th over the last four races, and both cars scored points with both cars for the first time in Austria to move ahead of Lotus into fifth place in the Constructors Championship. Now they have an upgraded car for the rest of the season their results should improve still further. Prices for points finishes at Silverstone are Hulkenberg 4/6 and Perez Evens. Hulkenberg is 3/1 to repeat his top six finish at Speilberg.

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