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Nic Ladds 10th Jul 2010 - 10:58

8/13 Vettel sure to steal Silverstone spoils

We're officially at the halfway point in the 2010 Formula 1 season and it's tight at the top.

In a season where the Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel have been the cars to beat, it's actually the McLaren boys who - to this point in the season - have had the better results.

The Woking outfit have accumulated four race wins (Australia, China, Turkey and Canada) the same as the Red Bulls (Malaysia, Spain, Monaco, Europe) but it's the Silver team who have had managed to bring together six podium finishes with the wins omitted.

That's only two more than the Red Bulls, but each and every point makes a difference and that's the reason McLaren are the current favourites to win the constructors' championship.

The Red Bulls are however hot on their heels and if the 41st-lap crash in Turkey had not happened, there would certainly be a reversal in fortunes.

The now infamous crash allowed Lewis Hamilton to take first place and set up a McLaren one-two that appeared unlikely before the incident.

After an awful Saturday qualification for McLaren where Jenson Button could only qualify in P14 - Hamilton doing better starting from P4 for the Silverstone Grand Prix - the Red Bull team are now joint favourites at 10/11 for the constructors' title and look a sure thing to win the British Grand Prix.

It was no great surprise that Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel claimed his fifth pole position of the season ahead of Sunday's British Grand Prix, having achieved the same feat last year.

With another P1 going the way of the Red Bull team they have now amassed an impressive nine P1 starts from ten races, locking out the front row of the grid for the fifth time of the 2010 F1 season.

The Red Bulls look a sure thing for victory this weekend and with Vettel priced as 8/13 odds-on favourite for victory (Mark Webber 9/4) McLaren can only hope to scrape together as many points as possible.

Ferrari rounded off the top three in qualifying with Fernando Alonso continuing the Scuderia's recent improvements.

"We are better, but we need to continue to improve the car. We are performing better now, I think here we are competitive and we hope to score some good points!"

Mercedes' Michael Schumacher (100/1) will be starting 10th, but was once again out driven teammate Nico Rosberg (50/1) who will start P5.

F1 British Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel 8/13, Mark Webber 9/4, Fernando Alonso 7/1, Lewis Hamilton 12/1, Jensen Button 80/1.


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