2019 French Grand Prix Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

2019 French Grand Prix Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Formula 1 specialist Ben Issatt (@BenIssatt) previews this weekend’s French Grand Prix and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s race.

  • 2019 Profit & Loss: +3pts

2019 French Grand Prix Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 23/6
  • Time: 14:10pm BST
  • Venue: Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet
  • Channel: Sky Sports F1

Lewis Hamilton is on the hunt for a fourth successive win as Formula 1 gears up for the French Grand Prix on Sunday.

This is the second race at Circuit Paul Ricard after returning to the calendar last year but it is a venue and a race which is steeped in history.

Grand Prix racing itself originated in France, with the first event held in 1906 near the venue of the famous Le Mans 24 Hours.

As for F1 though, it has visited many circuits through the decades from the streets of Rouen and Reims to Magny-Cours.

The Ricard track at Le Castellet first hosted the French GP in 1971 and has seen greats like Alain Prost, Niki Lauda, James Hunt and Nigel Mansell all enjoy success.

For the rebirth in 2018, it was Hamilton who dominated to take the win and there’s a chance he could do so again after producing a blistering lap to take pole on Saturday.

After Ferrari’s challenge in Canada two weeks ago, Mercedes have also asserted themselves as the dominant force at the front of the grid once again, meaning anything other than a 1-2 finish in the race would be a surprise.

But behind them, the rest of grid is ripe with opportunities to win big.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Only twice has the polesitter won the race in the first seven races.
  • McLaren has both cars starting inside the top six for the first time since 2014.
  • Five wins in seven races represent Hamilton’s best ever start to an F1 season.
  • Paul Ricard was converted into a High Tech Test Track in 1999 after being sold to Bernie Ecclestone.

Betting Odds

  • Lewis Hamilton – Evens (Betfair)
  • Valtteri Bottas – 11/4 (Ladbrokes)
  • Charles Leclerc – 14/1 (UniBet)
  • Max Verstappen – 25/1 (PaddyPower)
  • Sebastian Vettel – 33/1 (PaddyPower)

The Verdict

Given his current rich form, it is very hard to see past Lewis Hamilton winning the French GP on Sunday.

He has begun to get the best of teammate Bottas on a consistent basis and really this is likely to just be another step on his path to a sixth F1 title.

The other bets will at least provide some excitement during the race with Daniel Ricciardo to make the top six a common sense choice.

While McLaren have been strong all weekend, the race pace of the Renault has been its main strength this year and that should give the Australian all he needs to move up.

Given the struggles of Pierre Gasly and how close the top midfield teams are to Red Bull, it also means a top six place is certainly up for grabs and opportunism is where Ricciardo usually thrives.

Another big topic in France is the heat and that means the tyres will be a major factor in Sunday’s race.

And when the pace is dictated by tyre management, Sergio Perez is the man usually there making the big moves through the field.

That’s why I’ve gone for the Mexican to score a points finish inside the top 10 as he starts P14 in the Racing Point.

My final choice is the race for the fastest lap point which has typically become the goal of a top-six driver with little else to race for.

In this case, I’ve gone for Max Verstappen as the man to fill this role because should the race go as expected, the two Ferraris will be battling for the podium place and Gasly will be too busy with the McLarens and Renaults to have the time in hand to make an extra pit-stop.

Recommended Bets

  • 3pts – Lewis Hamilton – Overall Winner Evens (Betfair)
  • 2.5pts – Daniel Ricciardo – Top 6 Finish 2/1 (Sky Bet)
  • 2pts – Sergio Perez – Points Finish 9/4 (William Hill)
  • 1.75pts – Max Verstappen – Fastest Lap 11/2 (William Hill)