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F1 Drivers Championship 2019 Betting
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Constructors Title Betting 2019
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Lewis Hamilton & Mercedes Favourite in F1 Odds Mid-Season
The lead of both Formula One championships has swung back and forth throughout the first half of the 2018 season and, despite one driver dominating the F1 odds, the stage is set for an exciting battle to the finish, writes Nick.
Odds-on Lewis Hamilton leads the driver’s championship ahead of Sebastian Vettel coming into the summer break after back-to-back victories in Germany and Hungary. His Mercedes team also have a slight advantage over Vettel’s Ferrari in the constructors’ championship.
Mercedes have comfortably claimed both titles in each of the four seasons since the switch to hybrid power units in 2014, but things are a bit different this time around. Ferrari and Vettel are a genuine threat, and although many of the remaining nine circuits should favour the Mercedes package, there is no doubt that this will be their toughest championship fight yet.
That is because Ferrari have produced a package that is not only fast in race trim but that can also match or better Mercedes in qualifying. Ferrari closed much of the race-pace gap last year, but Mercedes dominated qualifying, taking 15 of the 20 pole positions, and were largely able to control races from there. Pole positions have been much more evenly spread this year, robbing Mercedes of a key advantage and helping to level the playing field.
However, Hamilton can still be better relied upon more than Vettel to keep his head and get the results he needs in a close championship battle. If the relative pace of Ferrari and Mercedes remains more or less as is, he can be fancied to secure his fifth drivers’ championship, although Vettel and Ferrari will certainly not make his quest to do so an easy one.
In the constructors’ championship, good performances from both Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes and Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari mean that, too, is likely to go down to the wire. The UK betting firms have this race between that pair, with Mercedes the stronger favourite in the F1 odds.
Red Bull had hoped to be right up there this year, but despite three wins in the first 12 races, split between two for Daniel Ricciardo and one for Max Verstappen, unreliability issues have prevented them from genuinely competing for either championship. They are highly likely to incur a number of penalties for power-unit-part usage during the final stretch of the season, meaning that third in the constructors’ standings is probably the best they can hope for.
The top three teams dominated the first half of the season, taking all 12 victories and 35 of the 36 podium places on offer. Sergio Perez secured an excellent third place for Force India in Azerbaijan, but the remaining seven teams have otherwise been unable to challenge the front runners. The main interest has come from the fierce competition amongst them.
In 2017, Force India were far and away the fourth best team, accumulating well over double the number of points of Williams in fifth after only failing to score on one occasion. This year, however, there are still as many as four teams in realistic contention for that position and two others who have produced some unexpectedly strong results.
Renault have a solid lead over the chasing pack going into the summer break, but Haas and Force India have both shown sufficient pace to suggest they could still mount a serious challenge in the remaining races. McLaren started the season well but have slipped back as it has developed and need to make drastic improvements if they are to regain ground.
Toro Rosso have had a number of reliability problems but have still scored some good points, largely off the back of three impressive drives from Pierre Gasly that yielded fourth in Bahrain, seventh in Monaco and sixth in Hungary. Debutant Charles Leclerc has also very much impressed for Sauber, securing five points finishes, including sixth in Azerbaijan.
Indeed, the only team who struggled throughout the first half of the season was Williams. Their only points finish came in Azerbaijan, where Lance Stroll brought the car home eighth, and they have otherwise largely had the slowest package at every Grand Prix. The season is already pretty much a right off, and their focus will soon shift to 2019.
If the F1 odds are to be believed, it is now a two-horse betting race for both Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships.