With the 2019 F1 season now firmly in the rear-view mirror, this look back at the season that was will be a fun-filled ride for the ages for auto racing bettors across the globe.
If you didn’t pick the incomparable Lewis Hamilton to win this year’s championship, then yeah, you blew it by not backing the now, nearly legendary superstar. You see, the 34-year-old Brit showed no signs of slowing down whatsoever by claiming his sixth world championship to move within one of the all-time mark set by the beloved Michael Schumacher.
2019 F1 Season Betting Recap
Hamilton Dominates – Again!
After starting off the year with a second place finish in Australia, Hamilton won back-to-back in Bahrain and China. After finishing second in Azerbaijan, Hamilton then took the next four races in a row and six of the next eight overall. Following a three-race winless streak, Hamilton took the checkered flag in Russia and two races later, in Mexico. To cap off his stupendous season, Hamilton brought home the bacon in the year’s final race in Abu Dhabi to finish with an F1-best 11 victories in 21 races. Hamilton also broke a number of records en route to his third straight title and fifth in the last six years. Hamilton led in 19 races this season to tie the record set by Sebastian Vettel, who led laps in all 19 races back in 2013.
Hamilton also recorded a stupendous 17 podium finishes to tie the all-time mark set by Schumacher in the 17-race 2002 season before Vettel tied it in the 19-race 2011 season. Hamilton had already tied the mark in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Last, but not least, Hamilton’s 413 points are a new, all-time record, besting the 408 point mark he set just last year.
In addition to Hamilton dominating, several other eye-opening events took place on the F1 circuit in 2019 with the biggest and best news coming from Ferrari teammates Sebastian Vettel and Charles LeClerc. While the 32-year-old, German-born Vettel has the more recognizable name and is a four-time world champion(2010-2013), it is 22-year-old Monaco native Charles LeClerc that finished fourth in the F1 standings, one spot in front of his teammate while winning twice this year to Vettel’s lone victory. Ferrari’s leadership is clearly in a quandary as to which driver they would prefer to be their No. 1 guy and both refuse to admit to being even slightly inferior to the other. You should expect more of the same from the pair – and Ferrari in 2020.
Valtteri Still On The Hunt
While 30-year-old Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas is undeniably one of the best drivers on the face of the planet, the native of Finland is still searching for his first world title. Bottas finished second to Hamilton in victories with four while reaching the podium 15 times. Still, Bottas finished a distant 87 points behind the reigning champ.
Pushing It To The Max
If anyone is going to really challenge Lewis in the next year or two, it looks like it’s going to be still-blossoming 22-year-old Belgian Max Verstappen who won three races this season while recording eight podium finishes, including a win at Brazil and a second place finish in Abu Dhabi in the last two races of the year.
The Future Is Here
25-year-old Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr. finished sixth in the F1 standings while 23-year-olds, Pierre Gasly and Alexander Albon finished in the top 10 at seventh and eighth respectively. All three drivers are young and talented with nowhere to go but up!