After finishing a distant second to Valtteri Bottas at last week’s Formula 1 season-opening event in Australia, five-time F1 champion and living legend Lewis Hamilton will be looking to find the winner’s circle in this weekend’s second F1 event when the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix goes down live on Sunday at Bahrain International Circuit.
The green flag drops for the world’s best F1 drivers at 11:10 AM ET with Hamilton listed as the prohibitive favorite at +150 with Bottas second on the board at +250. Sebastian Vettel, the 2018 winner of this event, is third on the board as a value-packed +625 pick while Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc round out the top five at +800 and +900 respectively.
Okay, let’s get to my top five F1 odds picks right now.
2019 Bahrain Grand Prix Odds, Predicitions & Picks
- When: Sunday, March 31st, 9:10am
- Where: Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain
- TV: ESPN
- Live Stream: NBCSports.com
Odds to Win the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix
- Lewis Hamilton +150
- Valtteri Bottas +250
- Sebastian Vettel +625
- Max Verstappen +800
- Charles Leclerc +900
- Pierre Gasly +4000
- Kevin Magnussen +50000
- Kimi Raikkonen +50000
- Romain Grosjean +50000
- Daniel Ricciardo +75000
- Nico Hulkenberg +75000
- Daniil Kvyat +100000
- Carlos Saens Jr. +150000
- Lance Stroll +150000
- Lando Norris +150000
- Sergio Perez +150000
- Alexander Albon +250000
- Antonio Giovinnazi +250000
- George Russell +400000
- Robert Kubica +400000
Hamilton finished a whopping 20 seconds behind Bottas last weekend and he finished third here only because of a snafu by Kimi Raikkonen that cost him a spot on the podium. However, Hamilton has also won this event twice in his career (2014-2015) and he’s going to be highly motivated and in a better car after last weekend’s so-so opening act. Say what you want about every other F1 driver on the planet, but none are as talented as the still utterly dominant Lewis Hamilton.
Vettel finished fourth in last week’s opener, but he’s the reigning two-time champ here, so maybe he should be the favorite. Oh, did I forget to mention that Vettel also won this event in 2012 and 2013 while finishing second in 2009, fourth in 2010 and fifth in 2015. Ferrari has six wins on this track in the last 14 events and Vettel has four victories in the last seven years, so…yeah…maybe he should be favored.
Not only did Bottas completely blow away the field last weekend, but he also finished second in this event a year ago, third in 2017 and fourth in 2015. I’m thinking a ‘super confident’ Bottas challenges his Mercedes Hamilton for the win this year.
Raikkonen retired in last year’s event, but he was assured of a spot on the podium, so I believe he’s in for some good luck this year if nothing else. A year ago, with Räikkönen on his second pit stop on lap 35, he inadvertently struck Ferrari tire changer Francesco Cigarini with his left rear tire as his car left the pit box. The collision broke Cigarini’s leg and Räikkönen immediately stopped in the pit lane to retire. While the 39-year-old Finn has never won this race, he does have an impressive five second place finishes here (2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016), four Top 5 finishes and a pair of Top 10 finishes on this track.
The 21-year-old Leclerc finished 12th in his debut on this track a year ago, do he clearly doesn’t have much experience or history to look at, but my selection of the baby-faced driver who hails from Monte Carlo is based more on this young phenom’s flat-out natural talent. Leclerc beat everyone at the opening practice with a time of 1:30.354 and he’s expecting to challenge.
“I don’t think it’s the real performance of the car what we have shown in Australia and I think we are all quite confident that we can be better… in Bahrain,” Leclerc said after arriving in Bahrain a few days ago.