The 2019 Formula 1 season continues this weekend as we head to sovereign city-state of Monaco for the annual Monaco Grand Prix. One of the highlights of the Formula 1 season, the city of Monaco comes to a standstill as the party rages on and off the race track.
We take a look at the Grand Prix in full and give our betting tips below.
Yet another winner at the Spanish Grand Prix a few weeks ago makes it two wins in a row for BYB followers in Formula 1. We tipped Valtteri Bottas to take out the Azerbaijan GP at fantastic odds of $4.25 before backing Lewis Hamilton to reign supreme in Spain at $2.25. We’ll look to continue the streak as we give our betting tips for the Monaco GP.
The dominance of Mercedes continued in Spain as they picked up yet another 1-2 finish. Through five races in the 2019 Formula 1 season so far, the tandem of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have finished on the top two steps of the podium in every race. Hamilton has picked up three wins while his teammate Bottas has claimed two wins.
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was impressive in Spain, finishing in third place marking his fifth straight race with a top four finish to open the season. He currently sits in third place, behind the two Mercedes drivers, in the 2019 F1 Drivers Championship standings. His teammate at Red Bull, Pierre Gasly, has also opened the season in decent form, claiming three top eight finishes and currently sitting in 6th place in the standings.
The most disappointing start to the season has come from team Ferrari. Picked as the early favourite for the Driver’s Championship after Ferrari’s strong results in testing, Sebastian Vettel has just two podium finishes in the first five races of the season, both obviously third place finishes behind the Mercedes. It’s Vettel’s slowest start to the season since 2014, when he managed just one podium in the first six races and finished the year with no wins.
While the Monaco Grand Prix doesn’t always make for the most exciting of races due to the lack of overtaking opportunities on the tight street circuit, the scenery of the circuit, atmosphere and general party vibe of the weekend it make it one of the standout events on the F1 calendar.
Aussie Daniel Ricciardo, who resides in Monaco in the off-season and is competing in his first F1 season for new team, Renault, heralds the Monaco GP as one of the highest risk reward races of the season, but one of the most fun
“Monaco is my favourite race of the year because it creates the most adrenaline and excitement. The circuit is insane; I don’t want to say that we shouldn’t race cars on it because we should and it’s the best thing ever, but it’s crazy to think we race around the streets so close to the walls like we do. I just love the whole atmosphere, there’s a lot of intensity and the risk and reward is the best of the year.”
Ricciardo has had a challenging start to the season for Renault, finishing in the top seven just once in five races and being forced to retire on two separate occasions. However, he has a great track record in Monaco and knows the track extremely well. He won the 2018 Monaco GP after a 2nd place finish in 2016 and a 3rd in 2018. Another podium might be just out of reach for Ricciardo given the Mercedes dominance, however, a top five finish for the Aussie is great value here.
Hard to believe that Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel has drifted all the way out to $17 to win this race. The German has been around the mark in 2019 and although the Ferrari’s don’t look up to the standard of the Mercedes at the moment, the tight street circuit in Monaco should level out the field. Vettel boasts two wins in Monaco, the same amount as Lewis Hamilton, including a win in 2017 with Ferrari. There’s no doubt he is going to find his feet at some stage throughout the season and at $17, this weekend is a great bet.
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