Carlos Sainz (66/1 Drivers Championship Outright) has won his first-ever Formula One race at a madcap British Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton securing third and title leader Max Verstappen (2/9 fav) only finishing seventh.
It was a day full of incident and action right from the first corner when a huge shunt involving Zhou Guanyu saw the red flag waved and a delay of nearly an hour.
George Russell’s Mercedes touched the back wheel of Zhou’s Alfa Romeo and sent his car hurtling towards the tyre barrier where it vaulted and landed on the fencing.
The halo worked to great effect with the Chinese driver confirming by the end of the race that he was okay.
On the restart, Sainz led ahead of Verstappen but made a slight error to gift the world champion the lead.
The Red Bull was not in front for long though after he ran over a piece of debris and damaged the underside of the car, effectively hamstringing him for the rest of the race.
Sainz then led from team-mate Charles Leclerc (9/2 Drivers Championship Outright) but with the Monegasque driver closing the advantage, the team decided to swap them around.
Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship Odds
The Ferraris were one and two going into the final ten laps before the safety car was required after Esteban Ocon pulled up on the old start/finish straight.
The Scuderia made the decision to leave Leclerc out on depreciating hard tyres while Sainz was pitted for fresh soft tyres.
On the team radio, Ferrari implored Sainz to act as a buffer between Leclerc and the chasing pack but, with the tantalising prospect of a first win in F1 around the corner, he ignored those pleas and overtook his team mate on the restart.
The last five laps was vintage F1 with Leclerc, Sergio Perez, and Hamilton all swapping positions.
Perez ended second with Hamilton third – his third podium of the season and 13th overall at the British Grand Prix, which is a new record for any one race.
Leclerc finished in fourth while Verstappen, racing with a damaged car, was being hounded by the Haas of Mick Schumacher and had to settle for seventh.
The championship leader is now 34 points clear of Perez with Leclerc nine points further behind.
Sainz, who is now on 127 points – 56 adrift of Verstappen, was understandably emotional after his win.
“I don’t know what to say,” he said. “It’s amazing. First race win, 150 races later, with Ferrari, in Silverstone, I cannot ask for more.
“It’s a very special day today, I am very happy.”
Formula 1 Betting Odds