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Adam Scriven's British Grand Prix Tips: McLaren to enjoy Silverstone boost

Silverstone is where it all began for the Formula 1 World Championship back in 1950 and record crowds are expected for this year's British Grand Prix.

And, if the predictions are right, they will end up witnessing two-time defending world champion Max Verstappen's sixth consecutive victory, but only his second at Silverstone.

Adam Scriven's British Grand Prix Tips

Both McLarens points finish @ 12/5
Lance Stroll top-six finish @ 9/4
Over 18 finishers @ 13/8

Odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

Setting the scene…..

Verstappen arrives with an 81-point F1 championship lead over his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez and the Milton Keynes-based team are expected to dominate at their local track.

The Dutchman, closing in on his third straight drivers' title, is 3/10 to win the race while Perez is an 8/11 chance for a top-two finish.

However, the Mexican has failed to reach the top-ten qualifying shootout at all of the last four races, and a stormy weather forecast for Saturday threatens to mix up the grid again this weekend.

Behind the Red Bulls the battle for best of the rest has swung between Mercedes, Aston Martin and Ferrari, with the Italian team carrying the momentum from last week's Austrian Grand Prix, where Charles Leclerc finished second.

WhatBritish Grand Prix
WhereSilverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire
When15:00, Sunday 9th July
How to watchSky Sports F1 & Channel 4
OddsMax Verstappen 3/10, Sergio Perez 7/1, Lewis Hamilton 10/1, Charles Leclerc 14/1, Fernando Alonso 16/1

Both McLarens points finish @ 12/5

It has been an up and down season for McLaren, who have found themselves struggling at the back in some races and well up in the points battle in others.

That suggests they have had trouble understanding the foibles of their 2023 car, but they will have got a huge amount of encouragement from Lando Norris' performance in Austria last week.

The British driver was sporting the first in a three-part technical upgrade on his machine at the Red Bull Ring and he put it to good use, crossing the line a season's best fifth place, which became fourth after Carlos Sainz was handed a post-race penalty.

With its sweeping turns and long flat-out blasts, Silverstone provides a similar test to the Spielberg track and Norris will be hopeful of consolidating the team's progress as they press on with the next step of their upgrade.

Unlike last week, Australian rookie Oscar Piastri will also have new parts on his car.

Piastri knows the circuit well, having competed in the British Formula 4 series in his younger days, and his performances have compared well with the more experienced and highly-rated Norris this season.

Adam Scriven's Tip:

McLaren's upgrade worked wonders on Norris' car in Austria last week and now that Piastri gets his hands on the improved machinery they should have strong claims of both finishing in the top 10 at Silverstone at attractive odds of 12/5

Lance Stroll top-six finish @ 9/4

Aston Martin weren't able to challenge for the podium in Austria last week, but they still managed to make up some ground in their battle for second place in the constructors' standings with Mercedes.

The circuit layout of Silverstone is also unlikely to play to the car's strengths, but they will still be expecting a decent haul of points.

Lance Stroll is often maligned for the fact that he has only ever driven for teams owned by his billionaire father, but the Canadian has shown that he has enough ability to be in F1 on merit.

He has been made to look rather ordinary by Fernando Alonso's stellar performances this season, but Stroll was very unlucky to finish down in ninth place in Austria.

He had started sixth, but dropped back on the first lap. He made up the lost time and closed up to Alonso, only to be unfortunate with the timing of a safety car appearance and drop down the field once again.

Adam Scriven's Tip:

Lance Stroll has got little reward for some decent efforts of late, and while Silverstone may not suit his Aston Martin ideally, he is worth a bet at 9/4 to pick up a fourth top-six finish of the season.

Over 18 finishers @ 13/8

This season has seen unprecedented levels of reliability and there's little reason to expect that to change this weekend.

Four of the last five races have seen at least 19 cars classified as finishers, while 18 cars completed the other race, in Canada.

Last year's British Grand Prix saw three cars eliminated in a first-corner pile-up, but the opening section of the lap is not renowned for producing collisions.

Adam Scriven's Tip:

Only Williams have suffered more than one mechanical failure across the first nine races of the season, while the drivers have tended to behave themselves, aside from the farcical late restart in Melbourne.

Backing at least 19 classified finishers would have been a winning bet in four of the last five races so the 13/8 that there is no more than one retirement appeals.

Adam Scriven's British Grand Prix Tips

Both McLarens points finish @ 12/5
Lance Stroll top-six finish @ 9/4
Over 18 finishers @ 13/8

Odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

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