Formula 1 | Austrian Grand Prix | Preview and Odds

The Formula One action continues to come thick and fast as they head to the Red Bull Ring and Austria for the latest race in the calendar.

The Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton dominance continued last time out in France and the Brit currently has a 36-point lead over teammate Valtteri Bottas in the race for the World Drivers Championship standings.

Our F1 expert previews this weekend’s action and gives you the best bets to look out for.

Can anyone stop Lewis?

Mercedes and their drivers Hamilton and Bottas have been in tip top form from the moment the season started.

The German constructor has picked up the race win in every single Grand Prix this year, such has been their dominance.

All the other teams are hoping and praying some mechanical gremlins strike in Austria, but I simply cannot see that happening any time soon.

It is a very realistic possibility that either Hamilton or Bottas will finish on the top step of the podium in every race.

One crumb of comfort for the contenders is that the Brit has only won once here in the past and that was back in 2016, however, Mercedes have won four of the past five Austrian Grand Prix.

Bottas on the other hand won here in 2017, and has been on pole position on the last two occasions in Austria.

Taking that into consideration, it could be worth siding with Hamilton’s Finnish team-mate for the race win at 5/2 with, or at least to be on pole at 6/4.

Best of the rest?

McLaren had plenty of woes last year and started the 2019 calendar in poor form as well.

But they have managed to pick things up of late and in Carlos Sainz, they have a man showing glimpses of what he can achieve.

It must be hard living in the shadows of your father, and compatriot Fernando Alonso, but Sainz has picked up some solid results of late, finishing in the points in all bar one of the last five races.

He may have to hope for some of the top teams to struggle to register a podium, but If anyone can then it could well be the Spaniard, so back him to finish in the top-three at 75/1.




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