Alonso to chase double as Grand Prix tops bill

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THERE is a magnificent weekend of sport to look forward to, with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone one of the undoubted highlights.

In cricket, Yorkshire face unbeaten Notts at Trent Bridge tonight then Lancashire at Old Trafford tomorrow in the Friends Life T20.

We flagged up the 20/1 at BetVictor for the White Rose county as being too big at the beginning of the competition, and two wins will guarantee a place in the quarter finals, though a home draw must be the objective.

Notts beat Lancashire earlier in the week and the hosts are 4/6 tonight. with the visitors 6/5; Yorkshire are still 7/1 for the outright competition with Notts 7/2 favourites from Sussex 4s and Hampshire 11/2.

Fernando Alonso’s improbable win from 11th place on the grid in Valencia was the latest twist in an extraordinary Formula One season and gave the Ferrari driver a 20-point lead in the drivers’ championship, with Red Bull’s Mark Webber second, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton a further three points back in third and the same gap to world champion Sebastian Vettel, who is fourth.

Vettel looked to have the European Grand Prix in safe keeping for much of the race and looked the quickest car on the circuit in qualification and during the race, before the mechanical failure that led to his retirement; the German took heart if no points.

And so to Silverstone and Sunday’s British Grand Prix.

Alonso won the corresponding race 12 months ago from the two Red Bulls of Vettel and Webber, and the Spaniard is 9/2 to win back-to-back with Vettel the 11/4 favourite at betvictor.com and Hamilton 7/2.

Silverstone is a track that really ought to suit Red Bull again with Vettel having been successful in 2009 and Webber in 2010; the 12/1 for the latter makes plenty of appeal given the Aussie has finished on the podium in the last three grand prix at Silverstone.

What next in this rollercoaster of a year for Lewis Hamilton in his home race? Despite qualifying on the front row, he was never particularly happy in Spain and will, ultimately, want to forget Valencia in a hurry. He won his home grand prix in 2008, the year he won his world title.

Note in the build-up to this weekend’s race that if you place a bet of up to £25 on Hamilton with BetVictor and he oes not win, we will refund your losing stake as a free bet.

It promises to be another sensational grand prix.

Will Alonso win back to back and put clear water between him and the chasing pack?

Will it be the race where Lotus finally deliver?

Will normal service be resumed for Red Bull?

Or can McLaren put behind a below-par performance on and off the track in Valencia?

Meanwhile, the men’s 100 metre final is arguably the most eagerly-anticipated event at the London Olympics, which start at the end of the month.

The race is due to take place on August 5, with world champion Yohan Blake going head-to-head with Jamaica teammate and training partner Usain Bolt, the Olympic champion and world record holder.

Blake did the 100m and 200m double over Bolt in the recent Jamaican trials but Bolt may will get his revenge in London. BetVictor offer 8/11 for him to retain his title and, in what is considered a match, that looks too big a price. Blake is 11/8 to strike gold and Tyson Gay 12/1.