With two races down in the Formula 1 racing calendar, the stage shifts to China for the Chinese Grand Prix at the Chinese International Circuit on April 13-14, 2019.

The 2019 Chinese Grand Prix will be the 16th time the race will be held and it will be historic because it will be the 1000th Formula 1 Championship race. That nostalgia will only add drama to what has been an exciting season so far.

Ferrari entered this season looking to finally end Mercedes’ dominance. However, their highly touted SF90 engine experienced birth pains in Australia. Those hiccups looked to be gone when they finished 1-2 on Saturday in Bahrain. But during the race proper, Charles LeClerc experienced engine trouble while Sebastian Vettel made an unforced error that took both Prancing Horses out of the podium.  As in the first race of the season, Mercedes went 1-2 but this time around, it was Hamilton who was #1.

But with China’s racetrack known for its long straight line, Ferrari has been touted to topple Mercedes again. LeClerc (+150) and Vettel (+175) are the top two names on the oddsboard (according to bet365 as of 4/10/19) to win the race outright. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes, who have dominated the first two races of the season, are third and fourth at +275 and +1000, respectively.

Many are expecting the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix to be dominated by Ferrari and Mercedes. But if you’re bored about betting on the outright winner or would want to make other bets aside from it, check out these prop bets which have been established at bet365 and the other top bookmakers.

We picked out several prop bets from bet365 that you might be interested in betting on. Check them out:

“Racing" Podium Finish?

  • Sebastian Vettel, Yes -400
  • Sebastian Vettel, No +275
  • Charles LeClerc, Yes -400
  • Charles LeClerc, No +275
  • Lewis Hamilton, Yes -250
  • Lewis Hamilton, No +175
  • Valtteri Bottas, Yes -110
  • Valtteri Bottas, No -125
  • Max Verstappen, Yes +175
  • Max Verstappen, No -250

Vettel is under a whole lot pressure right now. Not only was he out-placed by his new teammate Charles LeClerc in Bahrain, his spin while battling Lewi Hamilton has been criticized by the Italian media who called it “choking under pressure”. How Vettel reacts to the criticisms and the news around him remains to be seen. But the Chinese Grand Prix hasn’t been Vettel’s favorite race either. Although he finished second in 2016 and 2017, Vettel has missed the podium in four out of his last seven Chinese Grand Prix races. Last year, he finished 8th after claiming pole position.

Prediction Sebastian Vettel- No

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“Racing" Winning Car?

  • Ferrari -250
  • Mercedes +175
  • Red Bull +1400
  • Williams +20000
  • Renault +50000
  • Haas +50000
  • McLaren +60000
  • Alfa Romeo +75000
  • Toro Rosso +100000
  • Racing Point +100000

The Shanghai International Circuit is dominated by one of the longest straight pits in the F1 calendar and this should be to the advantage of the Ferrari power. With LeClerc almost stealing the thunder from Hamilton and Mercedes, bigger things are expected from Ferrari in this race. But I don’t think that Ferrari’s power could carry them to victory single-handedly. While Hamilton was “gifted” with a win after LeClerc experienced engine problems, he wouldn’t have won the race if not for his uncanny ability to grab opportunities. That said, while Ferrari may have the edge racing in a straight line, there are numerous overtaking opportunities, especially into the never-ending turn one, which Hamilton could easily exploit.

Mercedes has had a 1-2 finish in the first two races and I think their dominance continues here.

Prediction: Mercedes +175

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“Racing" Fastest Qualifier?

  • Charles LeClerc +137
  • Sebastian Vettel +175
  • Lewis Hamilton +250
  • Valtteri Bottas +900
  • Max Verstappen +2800
  • Pierre Gasly +8000
  • Daniel Ricciardo +10000
  • Nico Hulkenberg +10000
  • Kevin Magnussen +25000
  • Kimi Raikkonen +25000
  • Carlos Sainz +50000
  • Romain Grosjean +50000
  • Daniil Kvyat +100000
  • Lando Norris +100000
  • Sergio Perez +150000
  • Lance Stroll +200000
  • Alexander Albon +200000
  • Antonio Giovinazzi +300000
  • George Russell +400000
  • Robert Kubica +400000

We talked about that Ferrari power and the straight line in Shanghai and that’s a fact. That said, I think the Ferrari cars are going to be the fastest qualifiers. Charles LeClerc had the fastest lap and was the fastest qualifier in Bahrain so I expect the youngster to come out with plenty of Ferrar fire with vengeance in mind. Vettel? I have plenty of respect for the guy but I think LeClerc has upstaged him this early in the season. If anyone thinks LeClerc is Vettel’s wingman, think again. As the famous mixed martial artist Conor McGregor used to say, he’s not here to take part but to take over. I think LeClerc is confident about taking over Ferrari right now.

Prediction: Charles LeClerc

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“Racing" Winning Nationality?

  • German +175
  • Monegasque +175
  • British +250
  • Finnish +800
  • Dutch +1600
  • French +8000
  • Any other Nationality +50000

Ferrari’s engine has been highly touted even before this racing season began. However, through two races, the SF90 has looked overrated. Meanwhile, we’ve seen how crafty and opportunistic Mercedes have been. Lewis Hamilton has recovered from a second place finish in the first race of the season to win Round 2 in Bahrain. We saw how Hamilton dominated the second half of the 2018 race season and this is just the continuation of the Englishman’s domination of the Formula 1 picture.

Prediction: British +250

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