The 2019 Canadian Grand Prix will be the 7th race of the current season meaning the drivers will be a third of the way through a nine-month long Formula One season.
It is Great Britain’s Lewis Hamilton who leads the current World Drivers Championship standings, where his four race wins and two seconds have seen him amass 137 championship points so far.
That score could well be increased by a full 25 race winning points on Sunday as the Mercedes driver has been imperious at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal.
Formula 1 history buffs will know Gilles Villeneuve was an immensely popular Canadian driver who won six races in a short Ferrari career prior to his premature death, aged 32, in a 1982 crash.
The race circuit itself lies across Île Sainte-Hélène and Notre Dame Island, a man-made island in the St. Lawrence River most of which was originally built up for the Expo in 1967. But almost half of the track – from the hairpin turn until after the pit area – runs alongside the Olympic Basin, a huge rectangular basin which was created for the rowing and canoeing events of Montréal’s 1976 Summer Olympics. There is a lot of history here.
In time Lewis Hamilton could well be given the naming rights to his own circuit, even a part of this one as he has been truly outstanding here. He claimed his first ever Montreal race victory in 2007 (on his sixth F1 race start) and has since enjoyed another five race wins here.
The Canadian Grand Prix is generally an exciting spectacle. Indeed it played host to the best race of the modern era in 2011 when Jenson Button charged from last to first in 30 laps – holding every race position in the process. He wrestled the lead from Sebastian Vettel with the chequered flag in sight.
The excitement is normally induced by thrills and spills on the course. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is responsible for more ‘safety car’ usage than most circuits, it has been called to action in ten of the last 17 Canadian Grand Prix. But, statistically, six of the previous ten winners began this race from pole position, including five of the last six.
Canadian F1 Betting Prediction – Lewis to be King again?
So while we are expecting a degree of race ending incidents, the front markers are still fancied to hold their positions throughout the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix and there is no reason to think Lewis Hamilton’s exceptional recent form around all sorts of tracks – the fast ones through to the pedestrian Monaco – will come to an end here.
The British driver is the +125 favourite in the bookies Canada F1 odds to win the race, which could be his 78th victory. Given the superiority of his car, course record and win ratio which is in excess of 50% since the new-spec 1.6 V6 hybrid cars were introduced in 2014, Lewis Hamilton looks like a great Canadian F1 bet this weekend.
Other Canadian Grand Prix Betting Picks
Winning Margin Betting – Winning margins in the Canadian GP been relatively small in recent years and with four of this season’s six races being won by less than 5 seconds, we recommend you go for the ‘Unders’ in the ‘Winning Margin’ line betting market.
Fastest Lap Betting – And the ‘Fastest Lap’ is another Canadian F1 betting market to consider. Carrying an additional World Championship point in 2019 (providing it is recorded by a car that finishes in the top-10), two Mercedes, two Red Bulls and two Ferraris have taken the accolade to date.
But with only one of those going to a race winner and with Max Verstappen claiming the race’ fastest lap here in 2018, we suggest you support both him and his Red Bull team-mate, Pierre Gasly, in this market at some tasty F1 odds.
Recommended F1 Canada Grand Prix Tips
- Race Winner – Lewis Hamilton to win at +125 with 888sport
- Winning Margin – Under 5 sec (Odds to follow)
- Fastest Lap – Max Verstappen & Pierre Gasley (Odds to follow)