2019 Monaco Grand Prix Preview
At the time of writing, Lewis Hamilton is the 11/10 favourite with 10Bet to finish top of the podium at the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix. A two-time winner of this great race, Hamilton has a seven-point lead over Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas ahead of this weekend and a third success at Circuit de Monaco will enhance his bid for a sixth World Championship.
Finishing only third in qualifying hindered Hamilton’s chances of Monaco Grand Prix glory in 2018 but the British star will be looking to make amends this time around. Punters can back Hamilton to secure pole position at an industry-best price of 11/10 with Sportingbet – and top spot in qualifying will stand him in good stead to snatch a third Monaco win on Sunday.
Bottas is next best in the betting at 5/2 with 888sport and the Mercedes star will be quietly confident of pipping his teammate this weekend. With two Grand Prix wins already in 2019, Bottas is maturing into one of the strongest drivers in the sport and he looks set to push Hamilton close in the World Championship race. Write Bottas off at your peril…
Unfortunately, the omens do not look good for the Finland driver ahead of this weekend’s race. Bottas has never finished on the podium in six visits to the Monaco Grand Prix and his poor record at the circuit could continue. He has finished fourth and fifth in each of the last two years though and Mercedes will have his car primed to lay down a serious challenge at the top end of the track.
Daniel Ricciardo won this race in 2018 but that was with Red Bull Racing and the Australian has had a tough time of things at the beginning of this campaign. Since making the switch to Renault, Ricciardo has recorded just one top 10 finish in five Grand Prix races and you won’t find too many punters backing the 29-year-old to triumph this weekend.
Instead, the 8/13 available with Betfred for Ricciardo to score points may be a better way to go. The Australian will be hoping that his karting experience can help him to navigate this tricky Monaco circuit and a solid performance at qualifying will enhance his claims for a top 10 finish. Ricciardo is up against it but he always gives 100% and he could be the surprise package of the race.
One man who will definitely expect to finish in the points is Sebastian Vettel. Like Hamilton, the Ferrari man has two Monaco Grand Prix wins to his name and a third here would be the sweetest of them all. There are doubts over Ferrari’s ability to navigate such a tricky circuit though and the 15/8 with Ladbrokes for Vettel to secure a podium finish is preferred.
Vettel is involved in a fierce battle with Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc for the ‘top driver’ spot on the team. The German has had his own way at Ferrari since joining from Red Bull in 2015 but Leclerc has been labelled as motorsport’s next big superstar. Whether it happens this year or not, Leclerc will climb above Vettel in Ferrari’s standings.
Leclerc is seven points behind Vettel at the time of writing but you could argue that he has shown more promise than his more experienced teammate. The youngster secured Ferrari’s first podium of the season at the Bahrain Grand Prix but Vettel has fought back since then. A fascinating battle could be on the cards in Monaco if both Ferrari’s line up together on the grid.
At just 21 years old, Leclerc is still maturing and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if the Monaco Grand Prix is a bit much for him. He finished 18th in this race last year while driving for Alfa Romeo Sauber but most Formula One fans will be expecting a significant improvement this time around. The 4/9 with Boyle Sports for a top six finish offers reasonable value given his results this year.
If you’re looking for some extra value, looking at the fastest lap market is the way to go. The latest odds show Max Verstappen at a very appealing 5/1 with Betfred and punters may be tempted after his phenomenal lap time in 2018. The young Dutchman set the fastest ever Formula One lap at this circuit last year and he could be one to watch again in 2019.
Pierre Gasly is another interesting option at 6/1. The Frenchman will want to put on a show in his home Grand Prix event and he has shown significant improvement already this year. It might be a little far-fetched to pick him to go out and record the fastest lap but he could show considerable speed around Circuit de Monaco.
With so much relying on Saturday’s qualifying results, making too many predictions on the outcome of Sunday’s race would be foolish. Hamilton is the obvious pick but he is a little short in the betting at 11/10. Instead, opting for teammate Valtteri Bottas to end his poor run of Monaco Grand Prix finishes with a victory this weekend.
Bottas is currently priced at 5/2 to win the Grand Prix and that could turn out to be a huge price with a bit of luck in qualifying on Saturday. The Mercedes star has what it takes to out-qualify Hamilton and that will put him in pole position to win a first Monaco Grand Prix. The jury is out on whether Bottas can sustain his title challenge over the entire season but a win here will certainly win over any doubters.
RACE WINNER: Valtteri Bottas (5/2 with 888sport)
FASTEST LAP: Max Verstappen (5/1 with Betfred)
About Monaco GP
One of the most famous and eagerly anticipated motorsport events of the year, the Monaco Grand Prix is a must watch for Formula One fans around the world. It was first held back in 1929 and it forms the Triple Crown of Motorsport along with the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. For all budding drivers, these three races are the ones you dream about.
Without a doubt, the Monaco Grand Prix is by far the classiest event on the Formula One circuit. With a rich history of glamour and prestige, the race weekend is not only popular with motorsport fans but with celebrities too. Historically, this is the event that celebrities often attend due to its popularity across the globe.
The betting markets are interesting ahead of the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix and it may prove prudent for punters to browse the history books. This is one of the toughest races on the calendar and you’d be hard pressed to find a track that demands more skill than the Circuit de Monaco. Let’s hope the 66th edition of the Monaco Grand Prix lives up to the hype.
The great Ayrton Senna was dominant at the Monaco Grand Prix, winning the race six times in the space of seven years from 1987 to 1993. That record makes him the most decorated driver in Monaco Grand Prix history and today’s racing stars would learn a lot from watching his style around the tricky Circuit de Monaco corners.
In terms of current drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have two Monaco Grand Prix wins apiece – it has been one of the toughest races to predict in recent years. At the time of writing, 888sport are going 13/10 for Hamilton to win the race for the first time since 2016. The Mercedes man is currently playing second fiddle to Valtteri Bottas in the World Championship race so 25 points here could swing the title fight back in his favour.
McLaren are the most successful team in Monaco Grand Prix history with 15 team victories to their name. Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris probably won’t be adding another win to that tally this year but both McLaren drivers could score in the points. McLaren’s last success at the Monaco Grand Prix came in 2008 and a shock win 11 years later would spark emotional celebrations for the team.
Formula One fans have predicted that Max Verstappen will be the sport’s next superstar and he already has the Monaco Grand Prix lap record. Set in 2018, Verstappen recorded a blistering 1:14:260 on his way to a ninth placed finish – an impressive feat considering his struggles in qualifying. Betfred customers can back the Red Bull youngster at 4/1 to win this weekend.
Daniel Ricciardo has qualified on pole position in two of the last three years but he faces a much tougher task this year. Drivers with a rally background tend to flourish at the Circuit de Monaco and that may be worth considering when placing a bet on the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix.
Average speeds are lower at the Monaco Grand Prix but that does not mean that the race is dull. Far from it in fact; more often than not the intervention of a safety car is required on race day. Interestingly, this is the only Grand Prix event on the Formula One calendar that does not adhere to FIA regulations regarding the minimum distance track.
Graham Hill, known historically as the King of Monaco, was the first man to dominate at this circuit – hence the name. He remains the only driver to win the unofficial Triple Crown of Motorsport; while Juan Pablo Montoya and Fernando Alonso have won two of three legs.
The Monaco Grand Prix isn’t going anywhere. There is too much history, too much prestige and let’s face it, too much money for Formula One bosses to look elsewhere. In terms of Grand Prix events held at the venue, only Monza in Italy has hosted more Formula One race weekends than Monaco and it would be foolish to take either track off the calendar.
Some fans read a little too much into Lewis Hamilton’s comments in 2018. The five-time world champion labelled the race as “extremely boring” but that remark came after a very frustrating third place finish. Safety and security is paramount these days but it takes little away from the impressive spectacle that is the Monaco Grand Prix.
Never say never but the Monaco Grand Prix looks destined for more success in the future. An exciting and open contest should help win over any doubters and younger fans should continue dreaming of emerging victorious in what is one of the biggest motorsport events of all-time.