Formula 1 | Can Hamilton sign off season in style in Abu Dhabi?
The final race of the 2019 Formula One season is upon us, and it has been a thrilling year.
Lewis Hamilton has already wrapped up his 6th Drivers’ Championship, and Mercedes have defended their World Constructor’s Championship, but it has had storylines aplenty, and both Ferarri and Red Bull will be confident of challenging the Silver Arrows supremacy next season.
Our F1 betting expert previews the closing race, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Ferrari had a disaster last week, with Sebastian Vettel colliding with teammate Charles Leclerc, ultimately ruining both of their Grand Prix’s. Ferrari have only won three races this year, which is an appalling return for such a vaunted constructor. They need to look to the future, and that could mean a difficult decision on the future of Sebastian Vettel, with Charles Leclerc outshining the German with regularity.
Ferrari have a big instalment in Abu Dhabi, called Ferrari World, and will look to impress local fans. However, this could be a bridge too far, but Leclerc looks likely to at very least finish on the podium, which can be backed at 7/25.
Verstappen to show class
Max Verstappen continues to grow as a driver, and in the second half of this season, he has been exceptional. With a car that clearly wasn’t up to standard at the start of the year, both he and Red Bull have turned a corner, and they’ve looked very impressive in the last few weeks.
If he can get more support from teammate Alex Albon next season, he will have a real chance of winning the Drivers’ Championship. He could end his season on a real high here and is 3/1 to win at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Hamilton for winning signoff?
Lewis Hamilton has had another remarkable season, with four pole positions, five fastest laps and ten victories coming into this weekend. We haven’t seen anybody race at his level since Schumacher in Formula One, and hopefully, it can continue for many years.
He’s widely regarded as one of the fastest drivers on the circuit, and very rarely makes mistakes. He could take it easy at Abu Dhabi and just enjoy the occasion, but that sounds unlike the Hamilton that has thrilled crowds for so long. Expect him to look to cap off another wonderful year with a chequered flag, which is available at 5/4.