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British Grand Prix 2014: B/R Experts Predict Pole, Race Winner and More

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 22:  Nico Rosberg (R) of Germany and Mercedes GP sits next to Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP in a press conference following his victory in the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring on June 22, 2014 in Spielberg, Austria.  (Photo by Mathias Kniepeiss/Getty Images)
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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJuly 5, 2014

Formula 1 hits Silverstone for the 50th time, and the British Grand Prix could be a key moment as we approach the halfway point of the season.

Mercedes have dominated the season, but they appear more vulnerable than they were in the early races of the campaign.

Joining us is Bob Margolis, who covers NASCAR in the U.S. for Bleacher Report. He'll be pitting his wits against our F1 team, and you can as well.

Here are our best guesses:

 

Mark Patterson: The turning point of Nico Rosberg's season was in Monaco, and for Lewis Hamilton, his must come here. Backing him to lock out the weekend has me torn—on the one hand he has the skill, the car and the adoration of his home crowd to pull it off. On the other, it would not be a surprise to see a mistake or a moment of misfortune undermine it all in a race where I'm expecting plenty of retirements.

 

Oliver Harden: Expect Mercedes to dominate once again, with Lewis Hamilton finally getting his act together in Q3. The way this season has played out so far, though, you get the feeling Rosberg might cause an upset on race day in front of the Silverstone crowd, leaving the Silver Arrows hierarchy to deal with another round of fisticuffs between their drivers.

 

Matthew WalthertHamilton will grab pole, delighting the home crowd, but Silverstone has not been kind to British drivers lately. Rosberg will come out on top in the race again, extending his lead in the championship and opening the door for a fresh round of armchair psychoanalysis regarding the relationship of the Mercedes drivers.

 

Neil James: Lewis Hamilton badly needs to get a win at his home race, and the title fight needs a bit of extra spice. He should have won last year and will in 2014. Williams won't be as strong around the fast Silverstone circuit as they were in Austria, leaving the two Red Bulls to fight it out for the final podium place.

 

Bob MargolisThere will be no stopping Lewis Hamilton at his home race. The Mercedes man will be nearly perfect, reminding fans why he is still the team's No. 1 driver. The Williams excitement will end, as this weekend, it will be Red Bull that makes the challenge to the Mercedes domination.

 

B/R Expert Picks: British GP
ColumnistMark PattersonOliver HardenMatthew WalthertNeil JamesBob Margolis
Pole PositionLewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton
Race WinnerLewis HamiltonNico RosbergNico RosbergNico RosbergLewis Hamilton
Fastest LapLewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonNico RosbergLewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton
Top TeamMercedesMercedesMercedesMercedesMercedes
Number of Finishers1515161719

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 04:  Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela and Lotus drives during practice ahead of the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 4, 2014 in Northampton, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Here's how we did in Austria, and what the results of the race did to our scores so far this season: 

 

B/R Expert Picks: After Austrian GP
ColumnistMark PattersonOliver HardenMatthew WalthertNeil JamesBob MargolisRESULT
Pole PositionNico RosbergNico RosbergLewis Hamilton Lewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonFelipe Massa
Race WinnerLewis Hamilton Lewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonNico Rosberg
Fastest LapSebastian VettelLewis HamiltonValtteri BottasKimi RaikkonenNico RosbergSergio Perez
Top TeamMercedesMercedesMercedesMercedesMercedesMercedes
Number of Finishers161616181819
Austria Points11122-
Points This Season17201920--

 

How the Scores Are Calculated

The right answer earns you one point, except in the case of total finishers, where you can be two cars either side. However, if you predict the exact correct number of finishers, you pick up two points.

Feel free to play along in the comments to see how you fare against our predictions.

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