Podium punts

Sky Bet's Jamie Casey weighs up the odds of a British driver finishing on the podium at Silverstone.

By Jamie Casey - Twitter: @skyjamiecasey.   Last Updated: 26/06/13 11:40am

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Hamilton: Won the British Grand Prix for McLaren in 2008

Hamilton: Won the British Grand Prix for McLaren in 2008

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Lewis Hamilton appears to be the only British driver showing anywhere near the sort of form to make an impact at Silverstone on Sunday.

The Mercedes driver won here in his title-winning season of 2008, the last time a British driver took the chequered flag at their home grand prix, but the long corner stretches around the track could prove tough on his rear tyres.

In truth, Saturday is more likely to generate something for the home support to shout about, with Hamilton odds-on to be on the front row of the grid and second favourite to claim pole, but Mercedes will need a lock-out if they're to stand any chance of a win against race favourites Red Bull and Ferrari.

Red Bull have triumphed in three of the last four here with both Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber having experience of winning on this track, which suits the design of the RB9, who will have plenty of opportunities for overtaking if Mercedes do manage to dominate the front row.

McLaren - 14-time winners of the British Grand Prix in the last 40 years, albeit not all at Silverstone - continue to endure a forgettable season and Jenson Button is unlikely to end his wait for a British GP win this weekend, priced at 50/1, while even his chances of a place on the podium look slim at 10/1.

Punters' confidence in Button's McLaren has dwindled so much that Paul di Resta, who qualified sixth here in 2011, is gaining almost just as much support for a podium place at 12/1, but the Force India driver is a 100/1 outsider to be emulate fellow Scotsmen Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart and David Coulthard by winning at Silverstone.

As for Max Chilton, it will take a bizarre set of circumstances to see the young hopeful make the podium, which is a 1500/1 shot (5000/1 to win), with the 22-year-old guiding his Marussia to a points finish a more reasonable bet at 50/1.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports F1 pundit Johnny Herbert, who is raising money for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with his charity tips, has backed Hamilton to be on pole, di Resta to finish in the top six and two-time winner Mark Webber to win the race.

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