Formula 1 betting buffs, after revealing the odds to win the 2019 F1 championship a week ago, it’s time to offer up some expert predictions on just what could go down once the 2019 campaign gets underway on March 17 with its season-opening Australian Open Grand Prix.
Will the incomparable Lewis Hamilton fulfill his status as the prohibitive favorite to win his third straight F1 title and sixth of his future Hall of Fame career? Could Hamilton be upset for the F1 championship by either, No. pick, Sebastian Vettel or No. 3 favorite Max Verstappen?
Maybe all three, could fall by the wayside to one of F1’s up-and-coming young stars like Ferrrari’s Charles Leclerc. Let’s get started by taking a look at the odds to win th F1 title in 2019 followed by a look at the 2019 schedule, the line-up for each team and engine suppliers.
2019 F1 Drivers Championship Odds – January 18th Edition
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Odds to Win 2019 F1 Drivers Championship
- Lewis Hamilton 5/7
- Sebastian Vettel 13/4
- Max Verstappen 9/2
- Charles Leclerc 9/1
- Valtteri Bottas 12/1
- Pierre Gasly 33/1
- Daniel Ricciardo 50/1
- Nico Hulkenberg 150/1
- Carlos Sainz 200/1
- Kevin Magnussen 250/1
- Kimi Raikkonen 250/1
- Robert Kubica 250/1
- Romain Grosjean 250/1
- Sergio Perez 250/1
- Lance Stroll 300/1
- Lando Norris 300/1
- Daniil Kvyat 500/1
- Antonio Giovinazzi 750/1
- George Russell 750/1
2019 F1 Schedule
- March 17 – Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne
- March 31 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Sakhir
- April 14 – Chinese Grand Prix – Shanghai
- April 28 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku
- May 12 – Spanish Grand Prix – Barcelona
- May 26 – Monaco Grand Prix – Monaco
- June 9 – Canadian Grand Prix – Montreal
- June 23 – French Grand Prix – Le Castellet
- June 30 – Austrian Grand Prix – Spielberg
- July 14 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone
- July 28 – German Grand Prix – Hockenheim
- August 4 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Budapest
- September 1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps
- September 8 – Italian Grand Prix – Monza
- September 22 – Singapore Grand Prix – Singapore
- September 29 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi
- October 13 – Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka
- October 27 – Mexican Grand Prix – Mexico City
- November 3 – U.S. Grand Prix – Austin
- November 17 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Sao Paulo
- December 1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Island
- Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas
- Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc
- Red Bull: Max Verstappen, Pierre Gasly
- Renault: Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg
- Haas: Kevin Magnussen, Romain Grosjean
- McLaren: Carlos Sainz, Lando Norris (rookie)
- Force India: Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll
- Sauber: Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi
- Toro Rosso: Daniil Kvyat, Alexander Albon (rookie)
- Williams: Robert Kubica, George Russell (rookie)
- Mercedes: Mercedes, Force India, Williams
- Ferrari: Ferrari, Haas, Sauber
- Renault: Renault, McLaren
- Honda: Red Bull, Toro Rosso
Three Is A Magic Number For Raikkonen
For a guy that finished third in the F1 standings a year ago, Finnish native Kimi Raikkonen just isn’t getting the respect I feel he deserves. I know the 2007 F1 champion is leaving Ferrari to move to Sauber Alfa Romeo, but I’m really not expecting a drop-off in performance from the 39-year-old veteran. While Raikkonen only won once in 2018, he did manage to record a trio of second place finishes while also recording a whopping eight third place finishes. If Raikkonen hadn’t had to retire in four races last year, who know how high up in the standings he could have gone. Still, I love the value that the experienced Raikkonen is offering heading into 2019 and I’m predicting he finishes third for the second straight season.
Max Verstappen Finishes Second
21-year-old Netherlands native Max Verstappen finished an impressive fourth in 2018 by recording a pair of wins, a quartet of second place finishes and 11 podium finishes overall. Now, entering the 2019 season, I think Verstappen is about ready to leap-frog every other F1 driver not named Lewis Hamilton.
Better yet, Verstappen overcame a slow start in 2018 and finished the season with five consecutive podium finishes and seven podium finishes in the last nine races of last season. The quickly maturing Verstappen also beat out more experienced Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo who finished sixth-place a year ago, so, I suspect Red Bull is going to make sure Verstappen has the best car possible over the course of the entire 2019 campaign.
Lewis Hamilton gets the Three-Peat
The unrivaled 34-year-old Hamilton recorded a whopping 11 wins in 2018 while winning seven of the last nine races on the schedule to claim his second straight F1 title and fifth of his stupendous career so far. Hamilton recorded a trio of second place finishes last year while reaching the podium a whopping 17 times overall. The British born Hamilton has plenty of motivation to extend his dominance at the top of the F1 racing world as he seeks to move another step closer to equaling the legendary Michael Schumacher with an unprecedented seven F1 titles.
“For Lewis, without question, winning is at his soul and in his heart and that’s how he operates,” Mercedes chief strategist James Vowles said recently.
As long as Mercedes can continue to provide Hamilton with a car that is capable of winning titles, it’s hard to imagine anyone beating the incomparable Hamilton right now.