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F1: Could have been a Brit better for local lads

by Rob Dore | July 8, 2012

Nothing to Lewis: The rain helped Hamilton to victory in 2008 British GP (pic:Inpho)

Thanks to the weather qualifying for the 2012 British Grand Prix at Silverstone didn’t go as anyone expected. Heavy rain caused havoc as teams struggled with their tyres and action even had to be suspended for an hour and a half.

The result of a chaotic qualifying is that Fernando Alonso starts on pole as he attempts to extend his lead at the top of the drivers championship with his third win of the season. The Spaniard is the only driver this season to have won more than one race and he’s the 2/1 favourite to win at Silverstone. Something he’s done twice before (2006 & 2011).

Mark Webber, Michael Schumacher and Sebastien Vettel fill out the remaining places on the first two rows in that order. All three men have won on this track before but Schumacher is the largest price to win at 10/1.

The British boys didn’t fare too well with Lewis Hamilton starting in 8th place and Jenson Button considerably further back in 16th. The McLaren drivers have taken their qualifying experiences differently with Hamilton appearing to be in far the more positive mood ahead of the race.

“I’m not frustrated. I would to have been a little higher up. All these fans are coming tomorrow to try and watch a great race and that’s what I’m going to try and give them.

Jenson showed in the past coming from right at the back it’s possible, Fernando showed in the last race coming from quite far back is possible, we’ll just have to do the best job we can and see what happens.

Anything can happen and that’s the exciting part of it. You have to go in with your heart and your head and get on with it.” – Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton is 10/1 to add to his 2008 British Grand Prix win and 2/1 to finish on the podium.

Jenson Button’s frustrating season continued in qualifying as conditions worsened whilst he was on his best lap. Starting so far back on the grid he’ll now need a lot of luck, some timely tyre choices and a large number of spin-offs if he’s to pick up any significant points. And he knows it.

“Because it’s been raining so much, the ground is soaked, so when it does rain it doesn’t soak into the ground, it sits on top.

That’s a big issue. The rivers are forming very quickly even if the circuit isn’t that wet, so especially coming out of Becketts onto Hangar Straight – it’s very wet there.

Every time you come round it does seem like the water has moved, but I don’t think it has.

It’s nothing about the skill of the drivers, it’s whether you’re driving the car or not, and when it’s like that you’re not. You’re floating.” – Jenson Button

Button is 25/1 to win and 6/1 to finish on the podium. Going by their seasons so far and their responses to qualifying, if there’s to be a home hero at Silverstone then Lewis Hamilton is your man.

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