Well, Formula 1 fans and betting enthusiasts, if you thought reigning champion Lewis Hamilton’s reign atop the F1 universe was coming to an end anytime soon, you had better think again.
You see, not only is the five-time champion looking to take another step closer toward the legendary Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 7 F1 titles, he’s done so in remarkable fashion by winning four times in six races this season, including the Monaco Grand Prix almost two weeks ago.
Now, with the 2019 F1 season steamrolling into Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix, there’s only one real question as Hamilton looks to equal another record set my Schumacher by winning for the seventh time at Circuit Giles Villeneuve. Can anyone stop the completely dominant superstar from claiming his third straight victory and fifth of the young 2019 campaign?
2019 Canadian Grand Prix Odds, Preview & Predictions
Past Canadian Grand Prix Winners2018: Vettel (Ferrari), Bottas, Verstappen 2017: Hamilton (Mercedes), Bottas, Ricciardo 2016: Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel, Bottas 2015: Hamilton (Mercedes), Rosberg, Bottas 2014: Ricciardo (Red Bull), Rosberg, Vettel 2013: Vettel (Red Bull), Alonso, Hamilton 2012: Hamilton (McLaren), Grosjean, Perez 2011: Button (McLaren), Vettel, Webber 2010: Hamilton (McLaren), Button, Alonso
Let’s take a look at the odds to win the Canadian Grand Prix, followed by my picks on the top five drivers that will potentially find their ways into the winner’s circle on Sunday.
Odds to Win 2019 Canadian Grand Prix
- Lewis Hamilton +110
- Valteri Bottas +225
- Sebastian Vettel +350
- Charles Leclerc +500
- Max Verstappen +1700
- Pierre Gasly +15000
- Kevin Magnussen +75000
- Romain Grosjean +75000
- Carlos Sainz +100000
- Daniel Ricciardo +100000
- Nico Hulkenberg +100000
- Kimi Raikkonen +100000
- Lance Stroll +200000
No. 5 Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)
After getting off to an awful start with Renault this season, Ricciardo showed some signs of life two weeks ago in Monaco even if some poor strategy did cost him a fifth place finish. Nevertheless, the 29-year-old Australian has won this event once (2014), while finishing third in 2017 and fourth a year ago. Ricciardo knows this track well, plus he’s had some solid success here and is quite desperate.
No. 4 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)Vettel finished second in Monaco the last time out, because of a penalty levied on Max Verstappen, and he won this race a year ago by a mind-boggling 7.376-second margin. Still, I’m leery of Vettel here after hearing his comments following his team’s effort in Monaco and his car’s ability to grip the track.
“It would be nice to flip a coin and turn things around, but it is not going to happen overnight,” he said.
No. 3 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
After finishing a respectable 15th in his debut in Canada in 2015, Verstappen finished third in Canada last year and fourth in 2016. More importantly, Verstappen pushed Hamilton in Monaco and would have finished second had it not been for a five-second penalty for an unsafe pit stop. Still, I like the 21-year-old’s chances in Canada this coming weekend.
No. 2 Valteri Bottas (Mercedes)
The 29-year-old Finn has reached the podium in all six races this season, including a pair of wins at Melbourne and Azerbaijan. Bottas also and turned in a personal-best third-place finish at Monaco. More importantly, Bottas has reached the podium in each of the past four years in Canada, including second-place finishes in 2017 and 2018. If anyone can upset Lewis Hamilton, I expect it to be Mercedes teammate Valteri Bottas.
No. 1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Hamilton straight-up won this race the first time he ever competed in it (2007) and he’s gone on to claim five more titles in Canada (2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017). While the reigning champ finished a modest fifth here a year ago, he’s got plenty of motivation as he looks to tie Michael Schumacher’s record of seven victories in Canada. As dominant as he’s been this season and knowing how much success he’s had in Montreal and I believe he’s going to be nearly impossible to beat.