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F1 Drivers Championship 2019 Betting
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Constructors Title Betting 2019
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Mercedes & Hamilton Head Bookies’ F1 Odds 2019
Mercedes have won the Formula One Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles in each of the last five seasons, but might 2019 finally be the year their reign comes to an end? The bookies’ F1 odds make them odds-on favourite, but not as solidly as in previous years, writes Nick Dorrington.
Lewis Hamilton beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to claim his fifth driver’s championship last year, but Vettel and Ferrari got closer to Mercedes than any team has been able to since the switch the current engine format in 2014.
Mercedes finished 275 or more points clear of their nearest challengers in each of the first three seasons under those regulations, but Ferrari cut the gap to 146 in 2017 and then down to just 84 last time. The ownership of the fastest package varied throughout the year, but Ferrari were the first team to be genuinely competitive with Mercedes over a full season.
New front-wing regulations have been brought in for the 2019 season. These are aimed at reducing the dirty air behind cars that makes following them closely enough to overtake a difficult task. This change provides further opportunity to make gains for both Ferrari and other teams. Mercedes are likely to experience their hardest fight yet in keeping their run of triumphs going.
Mercedes will again field Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas this year, but there are changes at the two other top teams. At Ferrari, young charger Charles Leclerc has parlayed a stellar debut season at Sauber into a place alongside Vettel. At Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo’s departure to Renault created a gap alongside Max Verstappen that Pierre Gasly has been promoted from Toro Rosso to fill.
Red Bull are the only team other than Ferrari and Mercedes to have won a race over the course of the last five seasons. This year, they will run Honda engines after being sufficiently impressed with its performance in the Toro Rosso last year to make the move themselves. Early signs have been good, but it remains to be seen whether the package will prove competitive and reliable enough to maintain a season-long challenge to Mercedes and Ferrari.
Renault are arguably the best-placed of the remaining teams to challenge for victories this year. They finished fourth in the constructors’ championship last season and now have a race-winner in Ricciardo to pair with the quick and sensible Nico Hulkenberg. In the fourth year since their return to the sport as a constructor, the French marque have invested enough to think that they should at least secure a few podiums this time around.
After a promising start to last season, McLaren tailed off as the campaign wore on, with focus seemingly switching relatively early to their 2019 challenger. The new car certainly looks the part, but it is questionable whether the partnership of Carlos Sainz and last year’s Formula 2 runner-up Lando Norris will be strong enough to take full advantage of any pace improvements.
Haas beat McLaren to fifth in the constructors’ championship last year and will be aiming for a similar showing in 2019 with an unchanged lineup of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean.
Two teams have been renamed ahead of the new season. Force India are now known as Racing Point, while Alfa Romeo have turned their title sponsorship of Sauber into a full team rebranding under the Alfa Romeo Racing banner. The winners of the first two F1 championships in 1950 and 1951 therefore make a full and legitimate return to the sport for the first time since their much less successful attempt in the late-seventies and early-eighties.
The outfit formerly known as Force India were the only team outside of the top three to secure a podium finish last season when Sergio Perez came home third in Azerbaijan. Although their takeover by a consortium headed by the father of their new second driver Lance Stroll has provided them with additional funding, they are likely to make a slow start to the year.
Alfa Romeo, in contrast, could prove to be a surprise performer. Sauber were much better than expected last year, securing 16 points finishes after just two the year before, and the team have taken an aggressive approach to the design of their new car, with their front wing turning heads upon its unveiling. Kimi Raikkonen leads the team after finishing third in the championship for Ferrari last season and is joined by the inexperienced Antonio Giovinazzi.
Toro Rosso have brought Daniil Kyvat back into the Red Bull fold to partner debutant Alexander Albon and will seek to improve on an inconsistent 2018.
Williams finished bottom of the pile last time around, with just three points finishes to their credit. F2 champion George Russell looks an excellent prospect, while the return of Robert Kubica, eight years after the rally crash that looked to have permanently ended his chances of an F1 return, is a feel-good story. Their delayed start to pre-season testing suggests 2019 is likely to be another year of struggles for the famous team.
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