Hamilton, Mercedes Lead F1 Betting Odds Ahead of Azerbaijan GP

Lewis Hamilton Leads F1 Betting Odds

Not just the Formula 1 Championship standings, Mercedes and Hamilton lead the F1 Betting odds too!

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas have started the 2019 Formula One Season in incredible form. The two have managed three straight 1-2 finishes, but Ferrari’s dismal start may be just as big a story from a betting perspective.

Prior to this year’s F1 season, all the talk was around Lewis Hamilton v Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes v Ferrari. But Vettel has managed only one podium finish in the first three races, and the betting markets have responded by tightening the odds on a Hamilton Drivers Championship and Mercedes Constructors Championship double.

Hamilton, Mercedes Firm in Updated F1 Season Odds

Thanks to his electrifying start, Lewis Hamilton has firmed in 2019 Drivers Championship betting odds. For example, Boyle Sports has brought Hamilton in to 8/15 odds, ahead of Vettel, 9/2, and Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc, both 11/2. Fans can start betting on the F1 championship with a free sign-up reward, with no deposit needed for the free bet.

Not surprisingly, the lopsided start to this Formula One season has also led to big changes in the Constructors Championship 2019 betting odds. Mercedes, who were slight pre-season favorites, have firmed to almost unbackable 1/4 odds at Boyle Sports. Ferrari is well back at 11/4, while Red Bull Racing is the only other realistic contender at 33/1.

Vettel Seen as Likeliest Challenger at Azerbaijan GP

Despite Ferrari’s horror start to the 2019 Formula One season, Vettel and teammate Charles Leclerc are still in the picture as far as upcoming races are concerned. Next up is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on April 28, and both Ferrari drivers are in with a chance if the latest betting odds are any indicator.

According to the latest Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix odds at bet365, Hamilton is a slight 7/4 favorite, with Vettel on 23/10, Leclerc, 3/1, Bottas, 7/2, and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen the other realistic contender at 20/1.

The Azerbaijan GP was added to the Formula One calendar in 2017. Last year, Hamilton won in Azerbaijan ahead of Kimi Raikkonen (who was then representing Ferrari), after Vettel had pole position. In the inaugural Azerbaijan race, Hamilton and Vettel both failed to make the podium as Daniel Ricciardo won ahead of Bottas in second.

Hamilton is Good Value in Azerbaijan

Given the contrasting form of Hamilton and Vettel, Lewis Hamilton should probably be at longer odds going into Azerbaijan. The British driver has now won two races in a row and four of his last five going back to last year’s Brazilian grand prix, and eight of the last 11 going back to last year’s Italian GP.

Hamilton’s best ever winning streak is five, which he achieved back in 2014. He can match that feat if he wins in Azerbaijan next week and follows it up with victories in Spain and

Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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