Hamilton fancied to continue dominance at Silverstone

The British Grand Prix takes centre stage on Sunday with Lewis Hamilton a big favourite to win the Silverstone showpiece once again.

The reigning champion is priced at 8/11 to claim victory for the fifth time in six years and plenty of punters will be eager to to take advantage of what looks a banker bet, for more info on F1 click here.

Hamilton’s fifth place finish in Austria left him 31 points clear of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in the Drivers’ Championship and he is fancied to extend that lead in his home race.

The British star has won six out of nine races this season and his previous record at Silverstone will make him tough to beat this weekend.

He was beaten into second place by Sebastian Vettel in last year’s renewal, but the German has won just once since that victory.

Vettel has looked a shadow of his former self in recent times and he is likely to struggle to match Hamilton’s pace at Silverstone.

Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc could emerge as Hamilton’s biggest threat after an impressive showing in Austria.

Leclerc was unlucky to finish second behind Max Verstappen and a first ever Grand Prix victory doesn’t appear to be too far away.

Verstappen will fancy his chances of finishing on the podium after holding off Leclerc’s challenge in the last race.

The 21-year-old is now third in the standings and he will be keen to close the gap on the Mercedes duo as the season progresses.

Vertappen’s Red Bull teammate Pierre Gasly finished seventh in Austria and he may be worth an interest at odds of 11/8 to grab a top six spot this weekend.

Gasly has come under fire from his team for failing to match Verstappen, although he hasn’t been helped by reliability issues with his car.

However, Red Bull have promised to provide the Frenchman with matching equipment at Silverstone and he will be desperate to impress.

Do you know how much a Formula 1 racing car costs?

How powerful are the F1 cars on the track? Here is the cost to develop an F1 car according to experts’ reviews.


A sports magazine published a report in 2014 said that the amount to develop an F1 could be up to 7.7 million. However, according to the International Automobile Federation (FIA) that number is even greater because it depends on factors such as vehicle design and regulations of each season. Usually, this huge amount often increases with each year.

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The most obvious demonstration is that big F1 racing teams like Ferrari, Mercedes Red Bull and McLaren spend about 400 million USD annually to develop the best cars for every F1 season. This includes costs for employees, machinery, design engineers and riders. However, the budget that each team spent is usually not the same and varies between 250-350 million USD per year.

Here are the specific costs of some parts on an F1 car:

Engine cost

F1 cars are equipped with powerful engine blocks to create impressive speeds on the track. Therefore, the engine is considered one of the most expensive parts of an F1 racing car. It was developed for about 10.5 million USD, depending on the needs of the manager and the team owner. F1 teams like Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren often use engines from Japanese companies like Honda, which will certainly reduce engine costs significantly.

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Cost of front and rear spoiler:

When the car accelerates on the track, the front and rear spoiler always plays an important role in ensuring the balance of the car. According to calculations, 300,000 USD is the maximum amount to develop the front wing and the nose. However, some teams can only spend about 150,000 USD to build these parts. Meanwhile, the development of the rear spoiler will take up to about 150,000 USD.

Cost of steering wheel:

In fact, car control is done through the steering wheel. Therefore, the manufacturer always designed the special steering wheel for F1 racing cars. The cost of steering wheel is about 50,000 – 100,000 USD.

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Cost of fuel tank:

On average, an F1 car costs about 500,000 USD in gasoline in a season. About 200,000 liters of gasoline are used for a car in each F1 season including training and competition. The cost of the F1 fuel tank is about 140,000 USD.

Gearbox cost:

Gearbox is an important part for an F1. F1 cars often use high-precision, semi-automatic gearboxes. An F1 team will have to spend nearly 440,000 USD to develop the gearbox. In case you want to upgrade the gearbox so that the car has more impressive performance when playing, they have to spend an additional 160,000 USD.

Tire costs:

There are three types of tires used in F1 racing: Dry, Wet and Normal. According to the report, the tires of F1 cars cost about 1,715 USD.

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Cost of accidental damage:

Only one accident, small or large, caused serious damage to the F1 on the track. Some reports published in 2015 and 2014 evaluate that an F1 car can take up to about 550,000 USD to recover from an accident, which includes damage to the front/rear wings, chassis and some parts of the engine.

Look back World Cup Championship of the car world

The 2018 World Cup soccer finals took place on the pitches of Russia with 32 teams representing 32 countries. An interesting question is, what if these teams were to compete in the car market?


Despite failing in the first match, the star of coach Joachim Low, the reigning world champion, is still a champion candidate at the 2018 World Cup. However, on the pitch of the cars Four-wheelers, the German team, despite a series of stars: Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, Porsche, still dropped to the lower projection when only producing 5.6 million cars in 2017. The defending champion is China. Last year, this country produced 29 million cars of all kinds.

2017 runner-up is the US team with GM, Ford, Chrysler stars …, which has launched a total of 11.2 million cars of all kinds. However, both incumbent and runner-up are not present in Russia this summer. The Japanese team is expected to be hard to beat the second round in Russia’s World Cup this year, but they are sure to be in third place in the World Cup of Car Maker rankings with sales 9.7 million vehicles in 2017.

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Brazil, who has held the world cup for the fifth time, is also a rising market for the world auto industry. Last year, this market grew to 25% and this year, 2018 is expected to continue growing by 10%. Currently major international brands such as Vilkswagen, Ford, GM and Fiat are expanding production plants in Brazil to turn the land of Samba dancers into a car manufacturing center of South America.

Argentina is expected to win the World Cup for the third time this year, but the country’s auto industry is overcoming a severe crisis in 2014, yet it has not made an impression like strikers on their lawn.

A team rich in tradition both on the pitch and on the track, the England team, still dreaming about the 1960s and early 1970s, when their football team won the World Cup (1966) along with their British car brand set a world record for sales with nearly 2 million units/year. The England team is on the way to find the old aura while the number of cars produced last year of the new country reached 1.74 million units in 2017, which means that it is still less than half a century ago.

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Iceland, the baby pepper has been surprising at the first round of the 2018 World Cup. But it was not only surprising on the pitch, the country with a population of just 335,000, built a very special car that surprised the world. It is Isar Torveg, dubbed the Terrain Monster – Monster SUV. Using a giant tires of up to 54 inches, equipped with 6.3L engines, Isar Torveg can safely operate on Iceland’s challenging snow and muddy roads.

But the teams of Saudi Arabia, Senegal, and Costa Rica are almost anonymous on the world map of the automotive industry. GM’s factory built in Costa Rica to produce only one popular model Amigo also closed in 2005. And Panama doesn’t even have the concept of the automobile industry.

The reason racing cars F1 has no airbags

Airbags are difficult and unnecessary to install on F1 racing cars because the special design of the car is capable of protecting the drivers.


The total basic cost to produce an F1 race car is about 14 million USD. However, the car does not have airbags, a safety equipment inherent in the popular car line. So what makes manufacturers not fit bags when on F1 racing cars?

According to the Bright Side, F1 cars designed the cockpit to fit the driver. The space is so narrow that it is impossible to install a steering wheel, costing about 70,000 USD.

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Possessing many buttons, controls and flat-surface design, F1 steering wheel is hard to fit inside hidden airbags like commercial cars. Besides, the close distance and cramped space can cause the driver to suffocate, injure the bag when activated.

The F1 driver’s seat is so modest that drivers cannot wear all safety belts in their shoulder, hip, and leg positions. Technical staff often help riders do this.

It is about having 5-7 safety belts in the car, the driver cannot slide forward or splash out of the car when there is an accident. This almost eliminates the use of airbags to prevent the driver from colliding with the details of the vehicle. More specifically, when an accident occurs, riders can disassemble the seat belts with just one knob and get out the car the fastest in about 5 seconds.

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Why F1 racing cars do not have airbags

F1 racing frame construction is made of light, expensive components, but the stiffness factor is not so overlooked. The details outside the F1 car may be broken or damaged but it is difficult to affect the cockpit where the driver sits.

In addition to the design of F1 cars, riders are also protected by special helmets. For example, this helmet can withstand the force of a 3-kilogram metal rod, falling from a height of 3 meters. The helmet’s material prevents deep cuts not exceeding 25 mm inside.

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Helmets of F1 racing helmets can protect the driver’s eyes at a speed of 483 km/h. At the same time, this helmet can withstand outside temperatures up to 815 degrees Celsius for 45 seconds, while the internal temperature is then, below 70 degrees Celsius.

With the equipment available on F1 racing cars and for athletes, airbags are no longer necessary.