The United States Grand Prix
We are entering the home straight of the 2019 Formula 1 season as we speed towards the conclusion of what has been an entertaining campaign. F1 racing isn’t often described as competitive these days – or even interesting by critics – but this season has been different with plenty of twists and turns on route to declaring a champion.
The Formula 1 betting started like it often does, with British driver Lewis Hamilton racing off into an early lead. He bagged the Grand Prix trophies to put himself back at the top of the drivers’ championship leaderboard and it looked like the pilot would go through almost unchallenged. That added fuel to the fire of critics who were only too quick to jump on the bandwagon. It didn’t help that Sebastian Vettel, rated as the main danger to Hamilton’s crown pre-season, struggled out of the starting blocks and took his time about winning a Grand Prix.
It then got interesting. There was never any doubt that Mercedes would keep Ferrari at arm’s length and win the constructors championship but the battle between the individual drivers took an intriguing twist. Hamilton released his iron grip, started finishing down the pecking order and that left the door slightly ajar for his rivals, giving them hope and just a little bit of promise.
How Much Does Vettel Have Left?
By the second half of the season there looked all to play for. The brief summer break allowed the drivers a chance to rest up and focus on the challenges that lay ahead but it also meant organisers and sportswriters could spread the word – we had a Formula 1 title challenge on our hands and it could go either way. Would experienced champion Lewis Hamilton hold on and bag another crown or would the likes of Charles Leclerc, Valterri Bottas or Max Verstappen stage a smash and grab on the title? Charles Leclerc is a driver of particular interest and many believe he is the future of F1 and will reign supreme long after Lewis Hamilton has retired.
One man who wasn’t involved in the title race was German Seb Vettel who struggled for reasons to smile during the season. He just couldn’t seem to get going and after finally winning a Grand Prix, he quickly went back to his poor form. Some are even suggesting we’ve now seen the best of him and this season is an early sign of things to come. Vettel is approaching the end of his career, his car can’t be relied upon any longer and a bit of that old fire that saw him battle it out with Lewis Hamilton over the years is now dead.
Is that true? We won’t find out this season, of course, as he has nothing to play for but it’s worth keeping an eye on any news coming out of the Vettel camp during winter. Will he return and if he does, who will he be racing for? Vettel is a proud man and will only put his name down for the new season if he believes he has a genuine chance of winning the championship.
Charles Leclerc One for the Future
Charles Leclerc is a driver who did his reputation no harm whatsoever with a fine outing. He has won two Grand Prix titles so far and amassed nothing less than 236 points. That means there are only two men who have scored more than him, Lewis Hamilton on 363 and Valterri Bottas on 289. The latter has one more win than Leclerc and there’s no reason why the two can’t trade places in the final few races. If that were to happen and Charles was to bag the silver medal and split the two teammates, he would send out a real message of intent to the competition for next season.
Fourth in line heading to the US Grand Prix is Sebastian Vettel who has one win and 230 points on the board. That will hurt the driver and he’ll be desperate to, at least, double his tally before it’s too late. Red Bull have fifth place thanks to Max Verstappen who has built up 220 points and won two Grand Prix titles, which is seriously impressive. He has won the same number of races as Charles Leclerc in third so will know what he has to improve on for next season. Consistency is key if Verstappen is to move through the leaderboard. He must continue to win races but must also rack up points thanks to podium finishes or battling his way into the points finishes. That’s something that can be resolved and the Dutchman will head into next season with high hopes.
Renault Has Been Poor
It has been a disappointing season for the Renault drivers and they are capable of better than their current positions suggest. Aussie Daniel Ricciardo has failed to win a Grand Prix and is stuck down in 10th place as a result with no more than 38 points on the board. For a man of his talents, that’s a pretty poor effort and something that will have him contemplating his future. Nico Hulkenberg is one place lower in 11th with 35 points racked up. Again, we expected a much better effort than that. Never had we picked the two out to challenge for the title, but they are good enough to be knocking on the door of the top six or eight and the blame must now go on their constructor.
Below is the current driver’s championship league table heading into the US Grand Prix…
- Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
- Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
- Charles Leclerc Ferrari
- Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
- Max Verstappen Red Bull
- Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso
- Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren
- Alexander Albon Red Bull
- Sergio Perez Racing Point
- Daniel Ricciardo Renault
- Nico Hulkenberg Renault
- Lando Norris McLaren
- Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso
- Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo
- Lance Stroll Racing Point
- Kevin Magnussen Haas
- Romain Grosjean Haas
- Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo
- Robert Kubica Williams
- George Russell Williams
Constructors championship table reads as follows heading to the US Grand Prix…
- Red bull
- Toro Rosso
- Racing Point
- Alfa Romeo
Hamilton Has Dominated the US Grand Prix
The season has just three Grand Prix races left, those being the US Grand Prix this weekend, the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday 17 November and the season finale the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which brings the curtain down on Sunday 1 December. The campaign will then be at a close and a world champion will be announced, although it’s likely the result will be settled well before we reach Abu Dhabi, probably in America.
Let’s focus on the here and now. The US Open is growing in popularity and after taking a while for the sport to catch on in this part of the world it is drawing a bigger crowd every year. Interest was so high, in fact, there was the need for a US Grand Prix, and that’s what we now have on the calendar. It’ll be contested in Austin between 1 and 3 November. Practice takes place on Friday before qualifying on Saturday and the Grand Prix itself on Sunday.
The US Grand Prix has a history that can be traced all the way back to 1908 but it hasn’t been run every year since then. Lewis Hamilton stands as the race’s most successful driver, having won this prize no less than six times in the past. Ferrari is the most successful constructor, however, sitting on 10 US Open Grand Prix titles. The race is made up of 56 laps and the circuit length is just shy of 3.5 miles, 5.5km.
Hamilton Believes He Can Get Better
Hamilton may have more US Grand Prix winner’s medals than any other driver, but he wasn’t able to add to his haul last year when having to make do with third in what was an edge of your seat contest. Kimi Raikkonen won the prize when racing for Ferrari and he was followed home by runner up Max Verstappen who took the silver medal for Red Bull. Hamilton crossed the line in third and that meant he missed out on a chance to be confirmed as world champion. He went on to lift the title, of course but was made to wait for the glory.
Will that mean Lewis Hamilton travels to Austin believing he has a point to prove? He can, once again, win the title in America and he will want to show he is improving by doing better than he did last year. If the champion retains his crown earlier in the season that will shoot down any rumours that exist that the Brit is slowing as he nears the end of his career. Lewis doesn’t look like retiring any time soon and he said as much in a recent interview. The speedster told members of the British press I can still get better. That’s a bold call from a man standing on the cusp of a sixth world title.
Formula 1 Betting on the US Grand Prix
What’s the latest formula 1 betting on the US Grand Prix? Well, there’s no great surprise to see the money men have thrown the weight of their support behind Lewis Hamilton getting the win needed to clinch another world title. The betting has him no better than the 15/8 offered by William Hill.
You don’t need to stick with the favourite in the formula 1 betting, however. Charles Leclerc appeals at 5/2 with Unibet and you’ll get a cracking 7/2 at bet365 on Sebastian Vettel finally getting his hands on a second prize. The German’s form this season won’t do much to inspire backers but there’s no doubting he is good enough to win here and will surely take all the stopping. Keep an eye on the qualifying before backing.
As well as the race winner there’s also a number of exciting formula 1 betting specials. These include the fastest qualifier, top-three finish, points finish, first driver retirement, first-team retirement, fastest lap, safety car, dual forecast, and plenty more besides. Pick the market that best suits you and try your luck on the formula 1 betting. You can even bet on a driver not to finish the race. Lewis Hamilton is 13/2 at Ladbrokes in that market, although backers will require a fair share of luck to get that one home and hosed as a winner.