The 2019 Formula One season is in its home stretch with three more races to go. This weekend, the drivers will head to Austin, Texas in the United States for the 49th installment of the U.S. Grand Prix.
The 2019 U.S. Grand Prix is Round 19 of the 2019 Formula One World Championship. It will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at the Circuit of Americas in Austin. The race will cover a total distance of 308.405 km or 56 laps around the 5.513 km race track. Austin has hosted the race since 2012.
Current world champion Lewis Hamilton is the winningest driver in this race with a total of six wins, including four in a row from 2014-2017. Michael Schumacher has a total of five wins while Graham Hill and Jim Clark each have two wins here. The defending race winner is Kimi Raikkonen who finished ahead of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton last year.
This year, Hamilton is the F1 betting favorite to win the race. The Brit is four points away from claiming a sixth world title which would put him one away from Schumacher’s record. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel are second and third, respectively in the latest odds board.
Here are the odds to win the 2019 U.S. Grand Prix. These odds were taken from TitanBet as of 10/31/19:
Who are the Favorites to Win the U.S. Grand Prix?
Lewis Hamilton has all but wrapped up his sixth Drivers Championship with his win at the 2019 Mexican Grand Prix. The Brit needed to finish 14 points clear of teammate Valtteri Bottas to formalize his victory but with Bottas finishing 3rd in Mexico, Hamilton will have to wait for the next race to claim victory. The U.S. Grand Prix is the next race on the schedule and Hamilton is once again the favorite to win the race. He has won 10 out of the 18 races this year and has finished in the podium in all but three races. He finished third last year and has won four out of the last five installments of this race.
Charles Leclerc is Ferrari’s Monegasque rookie driver who is considered one of the best talents in the competition. Leclerc has finished outside the Top 5 in only one of the 18 races this season. He has finished in the podium in half of the races so far this year and he has two wins in Belgium and Italy. After four straight Top 3 finishes, Leclerc has finished sixth and fourth in the last two races.
Sebastian Vettel is the four-time world champion who was supposed to give Lewis Hamilton the biggest challenge this season. However, it has been a disappointing year for the German driver who only has one win this season and who is just 4th overall in the current Drivers Standings. Vettel is one of three current drivers to have won the U.S. Grand Prix, winning the race in 2013. He finished 4th in this race last year and has finished in the Top 4 in Austin in the last four years. Vettel has finished in the Top 2 in three out of the last four races.
Max Verstappen is the youngest driver to have won a Grand Prix. The Red Bull ace is ranked 5th in the Drivers Standings and has two race wins this year. Verstappen has finished outside the Top 5 in only two out of the 18 races this season. He has six podium finishes this season and was the runner-up in the 2018 U.S. Grand Prix. Verstappen only has one podium finish in the last six races of the season.
Valtteri Bottas is Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate and is the only driver in the competition who can still catch up with Hamilton in the race for the 2019 world title. The Finn has won three races this season and has 14 podium finishes this season. Bottas finished 5th in the 2018 U.S. Grand Prix and he has not finished better than 5th place in this race.
Who Wins the 2019 United States Grand Prix?
Only the two Mercedes Benz drivers have the mathematical probability of winning the Drivers’ title. Lewis Hamilton is currently 74 points ahead of Valtteri Bottas with only 78 points left to be won in the final three races of the season. That said, Bottas must win the U.S. Grand Prix and hope that his teammate finishes in the middle of the pack to keep the championship open, at least until the next race in Brazil.
Even if Bottas takes the maximum 26 points for winning the race and taking the fastest lap, Hamilton only needs to finish 8th in the US Grand Prix to retain his title and win his sixth world championship. Knowing Hamilton, he doesn’t want to prolong the wait and he doesn’t just want to seal the title. He is going all out here.
Hamilton has won 10 out of the 18 races this season and he wants to keep that pace, even with the title almost in the bag. Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are the only current drivers to have won the U.S. Grand Prix. Hamilton is the most successful driver in the history of the U.S. Grand Prix with a total of six wins. The Brit has won five out of the last seven races including three from pole position. Vettel won in 2013 while Raikkonen was victorious here last year.
Lewis Hamilton clinched his third Drivers’ Championship with a win at the 2015 U.S. Grand Prix. I think history repeats itself this weekend when he wins his 6th world title on U.S. soil with a victory at the 2019 U.S. Grand Prix. No question, you have to go with Lewis Hamilton here and if you need any help check our how to bet on F1 guide
Prediction: Lewis Hamilton