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F1 Podium: Three Bets for the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF71H on track during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit on April 8, 2018 in Bahrain, Bahrain

Sebastian Vettel has won the last two races at Bahrain and four of the last seven, and as such, he is the betting favorite to take the checkered flag on Sunday despite missing the podium entirely two weeks ago in Melbourne. 

The German has won a record four Bahrain Grands Prix, followed by recently retired Fernando Alonso at three, while Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa have each claimed the crown on two occasions. The legendary Michael Schumacher won the first-ever Bahrain Grand Prix in 2004.

In fact, Ferrari has claimed more than half of the 11 races here with six titles. Drivers of German descent – Vettel, Schumacher and Nico Rosberg – also account for more than half of the titles. 

Speaking of Germany, Mercedes took the top two positions on the podium in Australia with a surprise win by Valtteri Bottas over golden boy Lewis Hamilton.

Let’s take a look at some bets that have a good chance to cash this weekend:

P1: Mercedes to Win (+125)

Any time you can get Mercedes at plus-money to win a race, it’s a good day. Granted, the defending constructors champion has not won on this track since 2016, but it did win here for three consecutive years ending that year. 

In fact, Mercedes is the only team to win three consecutive times here. Ferrari will be looking to attain that feat this weekend, while Mercedes plans to get in the way and get back to the top of the podium for the first time since Nico Rosberg in 2016.

P2: VEttel to register the Fastest Lap (+175)

This is a decent way to hedge on the first bet and even a chance for both. Vettel is the favorite and clearly knows this track well enough to drive the fastest lap. He qualified on the pole here in 2018, although he did not have the fastest lap in either of the previous two victories (that nod went to Hamilton and Bottas, respectively).

Vettel had the fastest lap in three races last season, four behind the winner of the season-long award, Bottas. Bottas is available at +325 for this honor in Bahrain.

P3: Daniel Ricciardo to Not Finish the Race (+300)

While I don’t wish this result on the Australian, the odds at +300 are worth a look. Ricciardo did not finish the race in his home country and will still be getting used to his new setup in a race environment. 

Additionally, he was forced to retire from this race in 2018.

As usual, it’s important to note that all of these wagers could look very different come Sunday morning, but ahead of Friday’s practice, these are the bets I certainly have my eyes on for the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix.

2019 Bahrain Grand Prix Betting Odds
DriverOdds
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)+125
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)+250
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)+325
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)+375
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)+1200
Pierre Gasly (Red Bull)+6600
Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)+75000
Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)+75000
Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)+75000
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)+75000
Romain Grosjean (Haas)+75000
Danil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)+75000
Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso)+150000
Carlos Sainz (McLaren)+250000
Lance Stroll (Racing Point)+250000
Sergio Perez (Racing Point)+250000
Lando Norris (McLaren)+250000
Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)+300000
Robert Kubica (Williams)+750000
George Russell (Williams)+750000

Odds as of March 29 at Bovada