F1 British GP Preview - Rosberg's consistency piling on the pressure
Lewis Hamilton has been widely fancied by pundits and punters alike to take this year's Championship.
However, the tide is turning with Rosberg's recent string of good results. Hamilton has been cursing his luck, with engine failures, pit stop times and car setups, at crucial times he has arguably pushed a little too hard.
Conversely, Rosberg has been showing the consistency required to take Formula 1 titles. Rosberg's performance in Canada was overshadowed by Daniel Ricciardo's first F1 victory but it was no less impressive.
Rosberg admirably managed second place, despite losing 160bhp through an ersK failure. Hamilton, under the same conditions, was forced to retire his Mercedes, blaming brake balance and turbulent air for his demise.
Similarly, in Austria, when Mercedes were heavily backed for a front row lockout, Rosberg clocked an initial time worthy of a second row in qualifying. Hamilton, meanwhile, wasn't able to post a time on two attempts in Q3, as he pushed hard in his usual all or nothing style.
Hamilton's heroics in the race from 9th to 2nd demanded a lot of turnover, but his efforts weren't enough to surpass his German colleague. Rosberg now sits as a deserved 8/11 favourite for the Championship and 29 points clear.
The money for this weekend's grand prix will still be firmly on Hamilton as he races his home circuit. Hamilton will be under pressure to perform in Qualifying so he doesn't find himself trailing the German's W05 again.
He is an 8/15 chance to be on pole. Interestingly, the qualifying head to head between Mercedes drivers currently stands at four-all.
The money is suggesting another shoot-out between the Mercedes team mates as they are expected to continue their dominance. Rosberg (7/4 for pole) will be hoping to replicate last year's Silverstone victory, whilst Hamilton will be hoping he can bridge the current gap in the Championship.
For this week's GP, ‘Podium Finish Live' will be offered In-Play.
Williams' podium performance in Austria was a welcome relief for Frank Williams' team and they may be fancied to repeat that result. It remains to be seen whether the powerful Williams can replicate Austria's performance on Silverstone's medium to high speed corners.
According to Christian Horner, Red Bull team principal, "Renault are working hard at their side," so Red Bull will hope their engine can complement the RB10's high downforce.
Vettel, often favoured for a podium finish, along with the impressive Ricciardo, will be more confident come race day to make it on to the Podium. Red Bull won't be expecting this circuit to highlight their weaknesses so clearly.
Fernando Alonso will also be striving to produce a strong result and he will be backed for a podium place. His comments last week stating, "We've made some progress on the car. We just need to work better than the others," suggest he's ready to fight for the points.
The action kicks off with qualifying on Saturday 13:00 BST.