The 2019 Formula 1 season continues this weekend as we head to Suzuka Circuit for the annual Japanese Grand Prix! Lewis Hamilton will be looking to wrap up the drivers’ championship with his second win in a row and we have a full preview and betting picks for all of the action below.
2019 Japanese Grand Prix Betting Picks
Hamilton climbed back on the top step of the podium in Russia a few weeks ago, narrowly beating out teammate Valtteri Bottas for the win. The English star moved 73 points clear atop the drivers championship standings with his ninth win from 16 races this season.
Bottas sits in second place on the standings after picking up his seventh second place finish of the season and continuing the dominance of the Mercedes. As a team, the two have now finished in first and second place in eight of the 16 races so far this season.
Young Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc continued his hot run of form post mid-season break, picking up his fourth straight podium finish which included wins in both Belgium and Italy. His teammate, Sebastian Vettel, was disappointing once again after being forced to retire for the first time this year.
The Suzuka Circuit has been the host of every Japanese Grand Prix since its inception in the 1970s except for four occasions, when the race was held at Fuji. At just over 5.8km, the high speed track is a favourite of the drivers on the F1 circuit due to the famous snaking ‘S’ curves and the high risk-reward sections of the track.
Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen holds the lap record at Suzuka, a 1:31.540 he achieved when racing for McLaren back in the 2005 season.
Lewis Hamilton has been dominant in Japan over the course of his career. He boasts four wins from the last five events in Japan, including winning in both 2017 and 2018. He also won back in 2007 with the race was held in Fuji to combine for five total Japanese Grand Prix wins.
We are looking elsewhere for value this weekend, however, in the form of Ferrari’s young gun Charles Leclerc. The 21-year-old has been arguably the best driver in Formula 1 since the mid-season break, winning the first two races and finishing on the podium in the last two.
There’s no doubt that Leclerc is one of the most talented drivers on the tour and seems to have been embraced by Ferrari as the lead driver after his dominant stretch of form.
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