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Friday’s continual downpour meant it was hard to draw too many conclusions from the practice sessions, with some drivers barely getting on to the Silverstone track with their cars as sections of the circuit were awash with rain

One man who seemed to be smiling throughout proceedings was Lewis Hamilton and there is little doubt that the McLaren driver seems to thrive in wet conditions, with odds of 9/2 (Ladbrokes free bets) available that the Brit claims victory on Sunday.

Considering Andy Murray will be competing in the Wimbledon final, it could be a potentially joyous day for the nation ahead of hosting the Olympics although the bookies still mark out Sebastian Vettel as the man to beat, with the German priced at 14/5 (Sky Bet bookmaker).

The German has started to get his act together in the past two races by landing consecutive pole positions even if he has only claimed one victory from the eight Grand Prix in 2012. It has been a freakishly wide-open contest with seven different winners but Vettel had an unfortunate retirement in the European GP.

Fernando Alonso is the championship leader following that triumph in Valencia and the Spaniard has achieved three podium finishes in the last four races to demonstrate he is the most consistent driver as the season nears the halfway stage.

Some bookies go as short as 4/1 about Alonso although odds of 13/2 (Betfred free bets) are on offer if you want to back him making it a hat-trick of race wins.

Even so, Hamilton will draw comfort from the fact that he was setting the fastest times on Friday and the 27-year-old can be backed at 3/1 to claim pole position on Saturday which would delight the spectators that aren’t warned away by weather warnings.

Things aren’t going quite so well for team-mate Jenson Button despite driving a fairly similar car to Hamilton and the 32-year-old has found wins really hard to come by since landing the spoils in the Australian Grand Prix.

Perhaps this race will mark a return to form for someone who achieved a maiden title in a Braun car and odds of 18/1 seem like each-way value considering Button raced into a creditable 8th place in the European GP.

Mark Webber sits second in the standings although Monaco was the only time that the Australian has featured on the podium this term, while Nico Rosberg was winner in China although he was somewhat off the pace in Montreal and Valencia.

Kimi Räikkönen could represent a better shout in his Lotus-Renault car at 20/1 with the Finn finishing second behind Alonso last time out and the car has seemed reliable since a second place finish in Bahrain.

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