Verstappen is still odds-on favourite to win F1 world title despite Hamilton closing the gap with British GP victory

MAX VERSTAPPEN is still the ODDS-ON favourite to win the Formula One world championship despite crashing out of the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton collided with Verstappen on the opening lap at Silverstone, causing a 180mph crash which led to the Red Bull driver going to hospital for precautionary checks.

Hamilton received a ten-second penalty for the incident before going on to win the Grand Prix in front of his home crowd at Silverstone.

Hamilton's eighth win on home soil saw him cut his gap to Verstappen in the title race from 33 points to just eight points as he denied Verstappen a fourth win in a row.

Paddy Power have Verstappen priced as 4/9 favourite to win the drivers championship this year.

While Hamilton is second favourite to clinch a record eighth world title at 6/4.

F1 odds – Paddy Power

Drivers Championship

  • Max Verstappen 4/9
  • Lewis Hamilton 6/4

Constructors Championship

  • Red Bull – 1/2
  • Mercedes – 6/4

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Hamilton said it was special to pull off such a memorable victory in front of the biggest sporting crowd in Britain since the Covid-19 outbreak.

He said: "This is a dream for me today, to do it in front of you all.

"I always try to be measured in how I approach, particularly with battling with Max, he's very aggressive. And then today I was fully alongside him and he didn't leave space.

"Regardless of whether I agree with the penalty, I take it on the chin and I just kept working.

"I was like 'I'm not going to let anything get in the way of the crowd's enjoyment of the weekend and the national anthem and the British flag'."

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