With the sixth race of the 2019 Formula 1 Grand Prix season taking place on Sunday, May 6, all eyes will be on two-time reigning and five-time overall F1 champion Lewis Hamilton as he seeks to extend his narrow lead atop the F1 standings by winning his fourth win of the year. Hamilton is the prohibitive favorite and comes into this race off a victory in Spain two week ago. However, the dominant champ has only managed to win this race once in the last decade and he finished third a year ago. Could 2018 winner Daniel Ricciardo find his way back into the winner’s circle after struggling so far in his debut season with Renault? Could 2017 winner and two-time Monaco champ Sebastian Vettel cash in as a value-packed pick or will the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix result in a first-time winner?
Let’s take a look at the F1 odds, followed by some expert racing analysis and prediction on the top five drivers that claim this weekend’s hardware in Monaco.
2019 Monaco Grand Prix Odds, Predictions & Picks
- When: Sunday, May 26, 8:10 AM
- Where: Circuit de Monaco
- TV: ESPN
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
Odds to Win 2019 Monaco Grand Prix
- Lewis Hamilton +110
- Valtteri Bottas +200
- Max Verstappen +335
- Charles Leclerc +2000
- Sebastian Vettel +2000
- Pierre Gasly +2500
- 2019 Monaco Grand Prix Odds: +110
With three victories through five races this season and a mind-boggling 11 wins in his past 16 races overall, 34-year-old British native Lewis Hamilton is clearly the best driver on the face of the planet and one that will go down as an all-time great, if not the greatest ever. Not only will Lewis be shooting for a win here, but he’d probably like nothing better than to tie or surpass the F1 all-time mark for victories in a single season (13), held by the legendary Michael Schumacher and Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel.
“It’s the dream for every driver to come to Monaco and have a car that you can exploit and utilize your abilities with. I’m really proud of the team and naturally our goal is to try to do something really positive this weekend,” Hamilton said recently.
Hamilton, who sits atop the 2019 F1 standings with won the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago and took the checkered flag at both, Bahrain and China in the second and third races of the year respectively. Hamilton has also finished second in the two races he hasn’t won this year.
- 2019 Monaco Grand Prix Odds: +2000
I have no idea why Vettel is so far down on the odds list, but I believe he’s offering some great value heading into Monaco. I know he’s finished no better than third this season and comes into this event off a fourth place finish in Spain, but the 31-year-old German finished second here a year ago and won it outright in 2017. Going back to 2010, Vettel has a pair of wins, four second place finishes, two fourth place finishes and one retirement (2014), making him my No. 3 pick to win in Monaco.
- 2019 Monaco Grand Prix Odds: +335
Max Verstappen has recorded three fourth place finishes this year and a pair of third place finishes, including in Spain two weeks ago. While the 21-year-old Belgian has struggled here by finishing ninth a year ago and fifth in 2017, Verstappen, who sits in third place in the F1 standings, is seriously talented even if he has been overshadowed by the blossoming Charles Leclerc. I’m going with Verstappen as my No. 3 pick.
- 2019 Monaco Grand Prix Odds: +200
Bottas might be in second place in the F1 standings with 105 points and he might be the No. 2 favorite to win this year’s race, but I don’t have him that high and here’s why. The 29-year-old native of Finland finished fifth here a year ago, fourth in 2017, 12th in 2016 and 14th in 2015. Bottas retired in 2013 and finished 12th in his inaugural race in Monaco in 2012. Sure, he’ got a pair of wins and three second place finishes this year, but I’m thinking he could fail to reach the podium which is why, despite his odds, he’s my No. 4 pick.
- 2019 Monaco Grand Prix Odds: +2000
Leclerc has recorded three straight fifth place finishes and four in five races this season while finishing third in Bahrain. Leclerc also finished a distant 18th in his debut here a year ago, but I’m going with the 21-year-old native of Monaco challenges for a place on the podium in his hometown event.