Favorites and Underdogs at the F1 German Grand Prix 2019
The Hockenheimring has always possessed a special charm. Perhaps it is because of the track’s age — it opened way back in 1932.Or, maybe it is because the German Grand Prix has been the scene of famous victories from the likes of Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher or Lewis Hamilton.
Either way, the 11th round of the world championship is unlikely to disappoint. Nitrogen Sports Blog takes a look at the favorites to win the race, as well as throw in a couple of underdogs that look ready to create a stir.
F1 German Grand Prix 2019 favorites
Lewis Hamilton (-169)
The Mercedes driver is no stranger to victories and it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that he’s among the German Grand Prix 2019 favorites entering the race.After all, he’s won the German Grand Prix four times, including last year’s edition. Only Michael Shumacher has done the same, while the 1930s driver Rudolf Caracciola holds the record with six victories.
Hamilton is the favorite to win at the Hockenheimring, but it’s not just past glories we’re basing our opinion on. The British driver is leads in the 2019 Formula 1 standings, having won seven races. He is targeting to win his third straight F1 Championship.
Valtteri Bottas (+260)
It’s a great time to be a fan of the Mercedes team, with both their race drivers dominating the F1 circuit. Bottas’ arrival from Williams looks to have suited the Finnish driver who is now second in the Championship rankings.
While Bottas is likely to attempt to help his Mercedes colleague, don’t be surprised if he manages to take victory for himself. (He has done it twice this year and is on target to complete his best season yet.)
This will be especially true if, uncharacteristically, Hamilton finds himself unable to challenge for the top spot in the final laps of the race.
Charles Leclerc (+900)
Leclerc, who is considered as one of the German Grand Prix 2019 favorites, has not won a single race this season, something of an embarrassing record for Ferrari. But, the legendary Italian team is ready to make immediate changes.
Ferrari have confirmed they have chosen to equip their cars with softer tires for the German Grand Prix, a race in which they hold the record for highest number of wins.
While Ferrari will also be hoping for the best from Sebastian Vettel, it is Leclerc who looks best prepared for Hockenheimring . Make no mistake about it. Ferrari need a victory, Leclerc knows this well and all eyes will be on him to deliver it.
F1 German Grand Prix 2019 underdogs
Max Verstappen (+980)
Although he’s viewed in the same group as the other German Grand Prix 2019 underdogs, the 21 year-old is touted as the future superstar of Formula 1 racing.
The youngest driver to compete in an F1 race, Verstappen has already achieved great things. This year he is ranked third in the F1 rankings, having won the Austrian Grand Prix. He also has had three podium finishes, thus far.
Red Bull are on to a winner and there is a growing sense of excitement about what the Dutch driver may be capable of achieving. We are including Verstappen as an underdog merely due to his age and to his difficult start to the season, which has revealed that the youngster still has plenty to learn.
Regardless, expect Verstappen to challenge for the top prize at the German Grand Prix and for the number one position in future Formula 1 seasons.
Kimi Raikkonen (+150,000)
Raikkonen is, without a doubt, outside the radar of most F1 fans attempting to pick a winner. Still, Alfa Romeo’s return to Formula 1 and their project to properly replace Sauber make Raikkonen a driver to take notice of.
The highly experienced Finnish driver has not enjoyed a great season so far, but being one of the German Grand Prix 2019 underdogs offers some betting value on the Finnish racer.
The second and the last Grand Prix race this July, the F1 German Grand Prix 2019, is a highly anticipated event, which should also be garnering attention from bettors.
Speaking of which, make sure to check out Nitrogen Sports Blog’s piece on how to bet on sports before investing Bitcoin on your preferred driver at this upcoming race in Hockenheim.