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British GP: Hamilton Fancied to Shine at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton will head into the British Grand Prix at Silverstone eager to extend his lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship.

The reigning world champion has a five-point lead over teammate Valtteri Bottas after the first three races of the 2020 Formula 1 season.

Mercedes have dominated proceedings thus far and it would be a brave move to back against them repeating the trick on August 2.

Read on as we assess Hamilton’s chances of success in his home Grand Prix and look at some of the other key talking points from around F1.

Hamilton Closing in on Schumacher

Hamilton took another step towards some of Michael Schumacher's F1 records with an imperious display in Hungary last weekend.

The British star is currently five behind Schumacher’s tally of 91 race victories and just two adrift of his 155 podium appearances.

The win was Hamilton’s eighth at the Hungaroring - equalling the record for victories at the same circuit set by Schumacher at Magny-Cours in France back in 2006.

He remains a cut above the competition in F1 right now and is deservedly favourite with US sportsbook firms to equal the German driver’s record of seven world titles.

Under-Fire Brit Vows to Keep Fighting

Hamilton has vowed to continue his fight to end systemic racism and increase diversity in F1, despite coming under fire from people within the sport.

Mario Andretti, Sir Jackie Stewart and Bernie Eccleston have all criticised Hamilton over his anti-racism views, with each suggesting that F1 doesn’t have a problem with racism.

The Brit remains committed to the cause and has confirmed that he will not be silenced over what he perceives to be major injustices.

The row appears to be motivating Hamilton to even greater heights, but fans will hope that he can stay focused as the season progresses.

Red Bull Struggling to Match Mercedes

Hopes were high before the season started that Max Verstappen could mount a serious title challenge, but things haven’t panned out that way just yet.

The 22-year-old bounced back from his retirement in Austria to finish on the podium in the next two races, but he already trails Hamilton by 30-points in the championship.

Red Bull have admitted that there are still issues to be resolved with their car and Verstappen will be hoping they are sorted out sooner rather than later.

Team boss Christian Horner has plenty of work to do before the British GP, although he remains adamant that the Red Bull car has the potential to win in Formula 1.

Ferrari Take ‘Decisive Action’

Ferrari have taken drastic action to address their early season woes by creating a brand-new performance development department.

Team bosses say ‘decisive action’ is needed to improve their fortunes, with the Italian outfit currently down in fifth in the Constructors’ Championship.

Enrico Cardile, Rory Byrne and David Sanchez have been handed key roles in the new set-up and their expertise will be vital over the coming weeks.

If they can get their act together, punters would be well-advised to use the BetMGM welcoming offers to back Ferrari to perform well at Silverstone.

Vettel Keen to Make a Difference

Sebastian Vettel has picked up just nine points this season and his hopes of ending his final year with Ferrari on a high note already look remote.

The four-time world champion’s contract isn’t being renewed, with the German set to be replaced by McLaren's Carlos Sainz from 2021.

The 33-year-old says he will work hard to help Ferrari bounce back this term, but the suspicion remains that his heart just isn’t in F1 at the moment.

Teammate Charles Leclerc appears to be Ferrari’s best hope of success and Vettel needs to step things up if he is to secure a top drive next season.

Racing Point Row Rumbles On

The row over Racing Point’s controversial brake ducts continues to rumble on, with Renault lodging a second protest against their rivals following the race In Hungary.

Racing Point have been accused of copying the brake ducts used by Mercedes last year – a point which they vehemently deny.

FIA stewards are scheduled to rule on the dispute in the run-up to the British GP, although their decision is unlikely to be the end of the matter.

Teams will be able to appeal any ruling made and the issue seems to certain to remain an unwelcome sideshow as the season progresses.

British GB Prediction: Mercedes remain a class apart right now and it’s difficult to imagine that changing at Silverstone.

Red Bull still have issues to resolve, while Ferrari seem to be in disarray, leaving the German outfit as overwhelming favourites on August 2.

Having won the race in five of the last six seasons, Hamilton is a banker bet to continue his dominance.

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