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F1 Podium: Three Bets for the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix

Despite missing the podium in his first two starts this season, Sebastian Vettel is the betting favorite to win at this weekend’s Grand Prix of China. That’s an interesting choice because although he held the pole here last year, he missed the podium and has won this race just once – in 2009. 

Daniel Ricciardo won for Red Bull here in 2018, snapping a four-year reign by Mercedes in which Lewis Hamilton won three of his record five Chinese GP and Nico Rosberg chipped in with one. 

In fact, Ferrari has not won this race since Fernando Alonso in 2013 and I’m not overly confident that this will be the year either, seeing that Mercedes has dominated on the first two tracks. 

P1: Lewis Hamilton to Win (+300)

Lewis Hamilton has won this race on five different occasions and is off to a phenomenal start this season with a first- and a second-place finish to his credit. 

Hamilton’s odds are likely due to his practice times and dissatisfaction with his car through the leadup to this race. He feels like Valtteri Bottas is running more smoothly, so if you believe that, then you might like to take Bottas at +900 or Mercedes at +225.

P2: Both Renaults to Classify - NO (+160)

It’s been a rough start to the Daniel Ricciardo era at Renault with the Australian failing to finish in either of the first two races of the season. Maybe not helping matters, Ricciardo stated this week that his team may be “being too clever” on race weekends. 

At Bahrain, both Renaults went out with similar problems, giving the team just one finish to share between Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg. Until the team proves it’s able to classify two cars on the same weekend, I’ll be happy to make this bet. 

P3: Will Both Ferraris Reach the Podium? - NO (+120)

I’m really not understanding the unwavering support for Ferrari here heading into the race at Shanghai. This has been a Mercedes-dominated race for the last 10 years and two Ferraris haven’t made the podium since Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen turned the trick in 2008, finishing second and third. 

Much like my Renault bet above, until Ferrari proves that it’s able to put two cars on the podium this season, I’m happy to make this play at plus-money. 

2019 Chinese Grand Prix Betting Odds
DriverOdds
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)+135
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)+200
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)+300
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)+900
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)+1200
Pierre Gasly (Red Bull)+10000
Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)+100000
Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)+100000
Carlos Sainz (McLaren)+100000
Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)+100000
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)+100000
Romain Grosjean (Haas)+100000
Lando Norris (McLaren)+150000
Danil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)+150000
Sergio Perez (Racing Point)+200000
Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso)+250000
Lance Stroll (Racing Point)+250000
Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)+300000
Robert Kubica (Williams)+400000
George Russell (Williams)+400000

Odds as of April 12 at Bovada

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