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F1 2019: Mid-Season Review

Formula One 2019: Season Preview

With the teams are their mid-season break our F1 scribe takes a look at what has happened during the 2019 F1 season.

2019 has proved to be a cakewalk for Mercedes with the Silver Arrows well on their way to yet another Drivers’ and Constructors’ double. Their racing duo of Hamilton and Bottas have been unstoppable this term claiming 10 race wins between them.

Constructors’ Championship Standings
Mercedes 438
Ferrari 288
Red Bull 244
McLaren 82
Toro Rosso 43
Renault 39
Alfeo Romeo 32
Racing Point 31
Haas 26
Williams 1

Drivers’ Championship Standings
Lewis Hamilton 250
Valterri Bottas 188
Max Verstappen 181
Sebastian Vettel 156
Charles Le Clerc 132
Pierre Gasley 63
Carlos Sainz 58
Kimi Raikonnen 31
Daniil Kvyatt 27
Lando Norris 24
Daniel Ricciardo 22
Lance Stroll 18
Kevin Magnussen 18
Nico Hulkenberg 17
Alexander Albon 16
Sergio Perez 13
Romain Grosjean 8
Antonio Giovinazzi 1
Robert Kubica 1
George Russel 0

Top 3 Teams Recap
The 2019 season has been all about Mercedes with the Silver arrows winning ten of this seasons Grand Prixs while claiming 19 podium finishes. This dominance has seen them take an almost unassailable lead at the of the Constructors’ Championship standings where they are 150 points clear of nearest rivals, Ferrari.

The majority of the Silver Arrows points have come from main man Lewis Hamilton who has claimed eight wins and 11 podium finishes. He currently has a 62 point lead of teammate Valtteri Bottas, who has been the perfect foil for the ‘Brit having claimed two race wins and eight podium places.

While it has been sunny skies over at Mercedes, the same cannot be aid of Ferrari who are enduring a nightmare of a season having yet to win a race and while claiming a modest 11 podium finishes. Their decline in form is mainly due to ace Sebastian Vettel struggling to produce the goods. Vettel, in fact, has only claimed one more podium finish (6) than his rookie teammate Charles LeClerc. The two drivers find themselves behind Red Bulls’ Max Verstappen on the Drivers’ Standings with Vettel in fourth and LeClerc in fifth.

While Ferrari have struggled this season their counterparts over at Red Bull have been rather decent and only sit 44 points off Ferrari on the Constructors’ standings. Max Verstappen has been key to Red Bull staying in the hunt for a runners-up Constructors’ CHampionship berth, with the Dutch youngster winning two races and finishing on the podium on five occasions. His teammate, Pierre Gasly, has been far less prolific and is yet to claim a podium berth.

Mercedes


Lewis Hamilton
2019 Race Wins: 8
Podium Finish: 11


Valterri Bottas
2019 Race Wins: 2
Podium Finish: 8

Ferrari


Sebastian Vettel
2019 Race Wins: 0
Podium Finish: 6


Charles LeClerc
2019 Race Wins: 0
Podium Finish: 5

Red Bull


Max Verstappen
2019 Race Wins: 2
Podium Finish: 5


Pierre Gasly
2019 Race Wins: 0
Podium Finish: 0

Best of the Rest

Toro Rosso

Daniil Kyatt
Race Wins: 0
Podium Finish: 1

Remaining Races

Round 13
Belgian Grand Prix
1 September


Round 14
Italian Grand Prix
8 September


Round 15
Singapore Grand Prix
22 September


Round 16
Russian Grand Prix
29 September


Round 17
Japanese Grand Prix
13 October


Round 18
Mexican Grand Prix
27 October


Round 19
American Grand Prix
3 November


Round 20
Brazilian Grand Prix
17 November


Round 21
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
24 November

To Win Drivers’ Championship: Current Outright Prices
Lewis Hamilton 1/25
Max Verstappen 25/1
Valterri Bottas 50/1
Sebastian Vettel 150/1
Charles LeClerc 200/1

Outright Tip for Rest of the Season 

To Win Drivers’ Championship – Valterri Bottas @ 25/1
There’ really not much pointing in putting anything on the outright markets as Lewis Hamilton just needs a few more race victories to retain his Drivers’ title while Mercedes will sow up the Constructors’ Championship in the next few races.

If I had to have a strike on something I back Bottas to win the Drivers’ Championship for a very small stake. Hamilton would need to channel his inner Michael Schumacher and break a leg mid-season in order for this one to come to fruition, however.

The smart option from here on in is to leave the outright markets alone.

Written by Darry Worthington for Hollywoodbets

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