Formula 1 Austria: Lewis Hamilton is Unstoppable at the Moment, is it Time to Start Betting on the Favourite?

Eric Kelly

Thursday, June 27, 2019 6:44 AM UTC

Thursday, Jun. 27, 2019 6:44 AM UTC

There was a lot of negative feedback after the last race in France and on a track like The Red Bull Ring it’s hard to see it getting any better as Mercedes should storm to victory pretty easily again.

<div><h2><strong>Preview</strong></h2><p>Surely it can’t get much worse than the last race in France? Talk about a boring race, Lewis Hamilton lead from the very start of the race all the way to the end, and to make it even more boring he finished ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas by 18 seconds (which is a hell of a lot in Formula1) with Charles Leclerc coming in 3<sup>rd</sup> by less than a second to Bottas. Besides the action at the front there was no action within the rest of the race to make us even interested. There should be a worthy mention that McLaren performed really well, with both cars finishing inside the top ten in both qualifying and the race.</p><p>Romain Grosjean is in the hot seat right now; he has crashed out of four races this season, is sitting in 17<sup>th</sup> place in the championship and only has a total of two points. His teammate Kevin Magnussen is in 10<sup>th</sup> with a total of fourteen points. There are now only three racers left who haven’t scored any championship points. They are; rookie and Alfa Romero driver Antonio Giovinizzi and unsurprisingly both Williams drivers (Robert Kubica and George Russel). Williams only managed a total of 7 points last season and it’s hard to see them scoring any more than that this year.</p><p>Unfortunately the next race in Austria is another track that will favour the Mercedes car package. Sebastian Vettel has suggested this week that Mercedes are just toying with the rest of the paddock and their car is actually even better than they are making out (Mercedes have been suggesting that although their winning races its by very fine margins in regards that their car is just about on the limit or about to have a mechanical issue). I really can’t see Ferrari being competitive this weekend in Austria and I hope I’m not made to eat these words come Sunday evening when all is said and done. Red Bull might pull a rabbit out of the hat and capitalize on any Mercedes issues or mistakes.</p><h2><strong>Key Stats &amp; Facts</strong></h2><ul> <li> <p>The Red Bull Ring is a relatively new track on the fourmula1 calendar, first used in 2014 Mercedes have won here in 4 out of the previous 5 races, and the one exception was Max Verstappen taking victory in last year’s race. Unsurprisingly both Mercedes had car issues and failed to finish the race, this may have contributed to Verstappen’s win.</p> </li> <li> <p>Valtteri Bottas has both the qualifying and race lap records on this track.</p> </li> <li> <p>There are only a total of 8 corners on the track. This is the least amount of any track that’s on the season calendar.</p> </li> <li> <p>There has been an average of 4 DNFs over the previous 5 races on this track.</p> </li></ul><h2><strong>Betting Odds</strong></h2><p><em>*Lewis Hamilton 4/6</em></p><p><em>*Valtteri Bottas 3/1</em></p><p><em>*Sebastian Vettel 11/2</em></p><p><em>*Charles Leclerc 13/2</em></p><p><em>*Max Verstappen 28/1</em></p><p><em>*Pierre Gasly 325/1</em></p><p><em>*Rest of Field 1000/1+</em></p><h2><strong>Verdict</strong></h2><p>Unfortunately the next race in Austria is another track that will favour the Mercedes car package. My favourite pick this weekend is Mercedes both to finish on the podium, which has happened in seven of the opening eight races. Unfortunately the price for this is a measly 1/2 at the very best with William Hill. It’s not a risk worth taking at such short odds. Next best to this is the winning margin, and I do like to look of the winner to win between 4 and 8 seconds at odds of 5/2 with Betfair.</p><p>Hamilton has won the last 4 races and 6 out of 8 this season, it’s so tempting to start betting on him looking at those stats. I was highly considering it but I couldn’t bring myself to take him at such low odds at 4/5, maybe at a different track I will consider him. Looking at how Bottas performs on this track it’s tempting not to bet on him. Since joining Mercedes as Hamilton’s teammate he has outperformed him at this track in every way, finishing on pole position 2 out of 2 times and beaten Hamilton in the race by seven seconds on the one occasion both racers managed to finish the race. Going on these stats I would suggest small stakes or a fun bet on Bottas to qualify on pole and win the race. 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