Mercedes have delivered the perfect start to the 2019 Formula One World Championship with Bottas and Hamilton securing four consecutive one-two finishes. Round five of the F1 season sees the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona host the first of the European races and one that that defending champion Lewis Hamilton has taken the chequered flag at for the last two years. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the race while we bring you plenty of value with our selection of enhanced odds.
What Happened At Azerbaijan
Hit ‘Ctrl C, Ctrl V’, a fourth consecutive one-two for Mercedes to start the season, this time in Azerbaijan, a track that should have suited Ferrari.
Again, there were questions over the strategy chosen by the Italian team, but the result makes Mercedes the first team ever to start the season in such dominant fashion.
It’s two victories apiece for Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas and it’s looking more and more like we’re in for a two-horse race between teammates, similar to that of Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in 2016.
What To Expect In Barcelona
Formula 1 races in Europe for the first time at the Spanish Grand Prix. Ferrari looked so good in pre-season testing at the Barcelona track and they’ll be hoping they can rediscover their form.
However, until they’ve proven they have, we’re not going to touch them. So far, it’s been pretty cordial between the two Silver Arrow drives, but the Rosberg/Hamilton rivalry was a classic case where things boiled over very quickly.
We feel it will only remain this way while Hamilton is not losing, and all things point the Brit winning a 10th race in his last 15th starts.
Barcelona Grand Prix Betting Tips
This is the final time the race will be held in Barcelona as it gets dropped from the calendar next year for the Dutch Grand Prix, and Hamilton has a superb record at the circuit.
He’s not finished outside the top two since 2013, winning three of the last five and each of the last two, so gets the nod over his teammate this week.
Another driver with fond memories of the Catalonia track is Max Verstappen. He won on Red Bull debut back in 2016 and after a consistent start to the season, where he’s not finished outside the top four, the 21-year-old can make the podium.
Indeed, no car outside the ‘Big Three’ constructors has finished in the top three this campaign, while Red Bull have been present on the podium in four of the last five races in Barcelona.
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