Hamilton back as favourite

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: July 6 2014, 17:01 BST

Lewis Hamilton is back as favourite for the F1 world title after winning the British Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton: British Grand Prix winner and new title favourite
Lewis Hamilton: British Grand Prix winner and new title favourite

The race at Silverstone saw a potentially-crucial swing in the championship race as Hamilton took the chequered flag while team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg was forced to retire.

Rosberg, an odds-on favourite before the race began, suffered a mechanical problem and therefore saw his lead in the championship standings cut from 29 points to just four.

Most firms now offer Hamilton at 4/7 to win a second world title, although Paddy Power are prepared to dangle 8/13.

Rosberg is out to 6/4 with William Hill in what is a two-horse race - it's 100/1 bar which sums up how much Mercedes have dominated the season thus far.

Hill's are betting on the winner without the Mercedes duo and have Daniel Ricciardo at 4/6. The Red Bull driver is currently third in the standings, 11 points ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who is a 7/2 shot.

Coral were quick to price up the German Grand Prix, which takes place on July 20. They go 8/13 Hamilton and 7/4 Rosberg.

The home success for Hamilton left William Hill describing the result as their worst of the season.

"We had a tough race given that we enhanced a number of Lewis specials including to win the race and get the fastest lap," said their spokesman Joe Crilly. "We had been filled in for Lewis as well as people were backing him as though he could not lose, even after he started in sixth place."

Posted at 1700 BST on 06/07/2014.