With just five races remaining in the 2019 Formula 1 season and the world’s best open-wheel drivers set to throw down in the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend, all eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton as he closes in on his third consecutive and sixth F1 title of his now legendary career.
After winning his ninth race of the year last weekend in Russia, Hamilton now has a nearly insurmountable 71-point lead on second place challenger Valttri Bottas and a 117-point lead over third place challenger Charles LeClerc. Now, let’s find out which drivers could potentially challenge Hamilton for the checkered flag when the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix gets underway on Sunday, October 13 at 1:05 AM ET.
2019 Japanese Grand Prix Odds, Preview & Picks
- When: Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1:05 AM ET
- Where: Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka, Japan
- TV: ESPN2
- Live Stream: Formula1.com
Odds to Win 2019 Japanese Grand Prix
- Lewis Hamilton -110
- Charles LeClerc +400
- Valtteri Bottas +400
- Sebastian Vettel +600
- Max Verstappen +700
- Alexander Albon +20000
- Carlos Sainz +50000
- Nico Hulkenberg +100000
- Lando Norris +100000
- Daniel Ricciardo +100000
- Romain Grosjean +100000
- Sergio Perez +100000
- Kimi Raikkonen +100000
- Kevin Magnussen +200000
- Pierre Gasly +100000
- Daniil Kvyat +100000
- Antonio Giovinazzi +200000
- Lance Stroll +100000
- George Russell +400000
- Robert Kubica +400000
The Top Five Picks To Win to 2019 Japan Grand Prix
Hamilton has won this event five times including two straight and four of the past five years overall, leaving him just one win short of the race record held by Michael Schumacher, who earned six career Japanese Grand Prix wins. The two-time defending Formula One is coming off his ninth win of the season two weeks ago at the Russian Grand Prix and is the clear-cut favorite in this year’s race as well.
Verstappen has two wins this season and the 22-year-old finished third here last year after finishing an identical second in each of the previous two years. In four appearances, the Belgian has finished inside the Top 10 all four times.
Ferrari’s Leclerc has won two of the last four F1 races and has been the best driver in the world for the better part of the last month.
Vettel is next up on the board nad he’ll have a solid chance to get the upset win seeing as how he’s claimed the checkered flag here four times while going back-to-back in 2009-2010 and again in 2012-2013. Vettel also has three third place finishes in this event.
The 28-year-old from Finland finished second in this event a year ago and fourth in 2017.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is priced at odds of +900, ahead of the rest of the pack.
It’s perhaps no surprise to see Leclerc considered as the favorite to take first place in Japan. When you consider his performance in Russia last time out, he’s certainly up there.