Spanish Grand Prix

2019 Spanish Grand Prix Preview

The 2019 Formula One calendar heads to Barcelona this weekend for the Spanish Grand Prix and motorsport betting punters will be eyeing up Sunday’s big race. Lewis Hamilton is sitting just one point behind teammate Valtteri Bottas at the top of the Drivers’ Championship standings and the 6/4 available with Betfred for the five-time world champion to secure his third successive win in the race is a price well worth taking.

Pole Pivotal

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

History tells us that securing pole position here is crucial. In the last 18 years, the driver who started from pole position has won this race an incredible 15 times. Hamilton has done just that in each of the previous two years and it would take a brave man to back against the Mercedes driver this weekend. Securing first place in qualifying on Saturday could be the difference between success and failure.

The British driver will be looking to climb back above Bottas at the first time of asking and 25 points for a Spanish Grand Prix victory will boost his title chances. Hamilton has been there and done it on the big stage so many times that it all comes naturally to him – he will not be feeling the pressure. He was some way clear of the field last year and 2/1 with Coral for any driver to win by over eight seconds is a price worth taking if you fancy Hamilton to run riot.

Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was outstanding in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix last month and he could be the one to watch in Barcelona. As per usual, Hamilton will attract plenty of betting attention but Bottas is improving and a win here will cement his status as Hamilton’s closest title rival. Now the clear second favourite at 9/2 with Black Type to win the Drivers’ Championship in 2019, Bottas should be right in the mix.

Bottas was forced to retire in this race two years ago but he bounced back at the first time of asking to secure second position in 2018. He was over 20 seconds behind Hamilton on that occasion but he has the natural talent to reverse the standings this weekend. Based on his efforts at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Bottas wants to lay down a marker to Mercedes – he wants a shot at winning the world title.

Charles Leclerc has been outstanding since making the switch to Ferrari and he is priced at shorter odds than teammate Sebastian Vettel for Spanish Grand Prix glory. Looking at the bigger picture, Leclerc appears destined to climb above Vettel in the near future but the team are treating both men equally at this moment in time. Prioritising the Constructors’ Championship is a smart move on their part…

Ladbrokes are going an industry-best price on Leclerc to win the Spanish Grand Prix at 7/2 and he stands a decent chance if he can pull a rapid lap out of his armoury. The Ferrari man has been touted as the sport’s next big superstar and he will be there or thereabouts in the podium race this weekend. If he somehow manages to pip Hamilton and Bottas on Saturday afternoon, Leclerc’s odds will shorten for a first Grand Prix success.

Leclerc snagged his first podium finish of the campaign at the Bahrain Grand Prix but he has been in contention in all four races this year. The hype surrounding the young Ferrari star is immense; he looks destined to win the world title at some point in the future. Can he claim a first Grand Prix triumph? With a front row of the grid performance in qualifying, there is absolutely no reason why Leclerc cannot get the job done.

Max Verstappen’s chances of winning the Spanish Grand Prix are slim but the Red Bull Racing driver will be quietly confident of snatching a place on the podium. With a bit of luck, the young Dutchman could pip his rivals to a top three finish and that would certainly go down well with the team. The 15/8 price with Redzone represents excellent value – he is one of the more consistent drivers outside of Mercedes and Ferrari.

Outsider Punts

charles leclerc

Charles Leclerc

Looking down the pecking order, Lance Stroll at 13/8 with Sportingbet to finish in the points places is tempting. The 20-year-old continues to go from strength to strength in his Formula One career and he managed to secure a top 10 finish in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix last time out. Stroll isn’t the most consistent driver in the business but some good fortune and smart tactics from Racing Point could see him in the top 10 once again.

The Spanish Grand Prix is one of the most intense races on the calendar and we could see the safety car deployed this weekend. 5/6 for ‘yes’ is well worth considering in this market – it isn’t the easiest race to predict and it could get messy if bad weather hits Barcelona ahead of Sunday’s big race. Plenty of punters will be considering the safety car betting option as more of a fun wager more than anything else…

The 2019 Formula One season is in full swing and fans will be hoping for another dramatic and exciting race. The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has hosted 28 Grand Prix races prior to this weekend and the 29th could live long in the memory if everything goes to plan. With Mercedes and Ferrari expected to dominate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it isn’t the most lucrative race of the campaign from a betting perspective.

Verdict

Hamilton is the obvious pick and it might be wise to take his 6/4 price before qualifying on Saturday afternoon. With the Spanish Grand Prix circuit favouring the driver who starts on pole position, betting odds will fluctuate after qualifying. However, one thing is for sure – Leclerc will be right up there with the pace and he is well priced at 3/1 with 888sport to set the fastest lap this weekend.

RACE WINNER: Lewis Hamilton (6/4 with Betfred)

FASTEST LAP: Charles Leclerc (3/1 with 888sport)

About Spanish GP

History

The Spanish Grand Prix is a regular fixture on the Formula One circuit and motorsport fans are now well accustomed to the racetrack. One of the oldest races on the calendar, the inaugural Spanish Grand Prix took place in 1913 – although was a period with no racing at the track during the Spanish Civil War. Since then, the race has been revived and it has been a yearly event since 1968.

A truly remarkable spectacle for Formula One novices and aficionados alike, the Spanish Grand Prix tends to throw up plenty of thrills and spills from start to finish. The Barcelona circuit is one of the most well-known events of the year and Formula One fans from all over the world will be heading to Spain for the 2019 event.

With the latest betting markets now open ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, punters will be starting their research ahead of the fifth race of the season. Rumours regarding the future of this famous race continue to fly around but old-school motorsport fans will be hoping that Formula One bosses keep the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on the calendar.

Winners

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver in Spanish Grand Prix history with six wins in the race, including four in a row from 2001 to 2004. Without a shadow of a doubt, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was one of the German’s favourite tracks and today’s drivers could learn a lot from watching videos of Schumacher’s race style here.

Nobody else has won this race more than three times – which is testament to Schumacher’s skill as a driver but also to the Spanish Grand Prix as a competitive event. Lewis Hamilton is the most successful current driver with three wins. Hamilton has won the last two editions of this race and the Mercedes man will be a popular bet to finish top of the podium in 2019.

It will come as no surprise to hear that Ferrari are the most decorated team in Spanish Grand Prix history. With 12 wins under their belt, Schumacher was central to most of their success in Barcelona and Ferrari’s last win in the race came back in 2013. Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel, both 9/2 with 888sport, will be hoping to end their poor run in this race.

Fastest Lap

Daniel Ricciardo holds the record for the fastest lap at the Spanish Grand Prix despite never winning the famous race. The Australian romped home in the closing stages of the 2018 race to snatch sixth thanks to some late pace; will his 1:18:441 be topped this year?

Lewis Hamilton has been setting trends in qualifying here in the last couple of years – and the five-time world champion is a solid price at 6/5 with William Hill to secure pole position on Saturday. Watch this space, Hamilton has been in red hot form this campaign and a fourth Spanish Grand Prix success could be on the cards if everything goes to plan.

Interesting Facts

spanish grand prix circuit

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Securing pole position here is vital – only three of the 18 races at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya have been won from somewhere else on the grid. Hamilton has been fast enough to snatch top place in qualifying in each of the previous two years and that has been key on the Sunday. The 6/4 with Betfred for Hamilton to win the Grand Prix is worth considering if you fancy the British driver to qualify fastest of all.

The Spanish Grand Prix is hosted at one of Formula One’s shorter tracks – there are only six circuits that cover less distance per lap. In addition, the 2019 event will be the 29th Grand Prix to be held at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. 10 of the tracks currently in use have hosted more Grand Prix races than this particular circuit.

The Future

According to news reports in 2019, the Spanish Grand Prix is one of those under threat. The circuit has been a regular feature on the calendar but is it starting to lose its appeal? Maybe not for old-school Formula One fans but that record of just three drivers winning outside of pole position in the last 18 years will not help its standing with those promoting the sport.

It would be foolish to suggest that the Spanish Grand Prix is predictable but securing pole position gives a significant advantage and punters will be expecting big things at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Saturday. Qualifying is imperative here and early betting odds have Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton as the market leader.

We should hear more about the future of this race as the season goes on. With a switch away from traditional circuits to city-based tracks in recent times, it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see Formula One bosses make a dramatic decision.