Lewis Hamilton to fry the French in their home Grand Prix
It’s the French Grand Prix this weekend, the eighth race of the 21 race long season. The cars last raced in Montreal a fortnight ago where Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth victory of the season. With two additional second placed efforts, he looks to have the 2019 championship wrapped-up already.
The Brit will take some stopping this Sunday too. Hamilton’s Mercedes team aced this race in 2018 claiming all the practice sessions, claiming pole position in qualifying, winning the race and also setting the fastest lap. Unsurprisingly Lewis Hamilton is our chief race pick at -109.89 available with Betway Sports.
Double points for Renault?
But there are plenty of F1 betting opportunities on this race and we have lots of F1 betting picks below. A ‘double points finish’, put simply is a bet for both cars from the same team to finish within the top-10’. This looks a shoe-in for the Renault team.
The French outfit will be doing their utmost to impressive their home crowd and following a respectable sixth and seventh in Montreal last time, and considering they notched a double points finish at this race last year, they should be backed to get both drivers in the top-10 at +125 with bet365.
Keeping it safe and clean
We are also predicting a clean race on Sunday as this circuit is not wall-lined and has no gravel traps to beach cars. In fact it has enormous run-off areas which should limit the prospect of cars coming together and cars that suffer mechanical issues can park-up way off the racing line.
So we are picking a ‘No Safety Car’ scenario which is +150 with William Hill and also opting for high finishing numbers. You can back 17.5+ finishers at odds of +120 with Bwin and given that the last three races of the current season has seen 18, 19 and 18 cars that were classified as finishers, it looks like a great bet.
Fastest lap consolation
In 2019 the car/driver which sets the race’ fastest lap earns an additional championship point – that’s providing they finish in the top-10. This change has seen the top three teams take this distinction in all seven races of the season and it is hard to see one of the small teams have any look in.
As the Red Bull car is better suited to slower circuits with shorter straights, they are set to struggle this weekend and everything points to a Ferrari taking the ‘fastest lap’ distinction on Sunday. Their two drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc can, and should, be backed at +600 and +500 (Betway) respectively.