Australian Grand Prix Betting Tips & Predictions – Sunday 17th March 2019

Australia Grand Prix Track Guide

The new Formula 1 season is back under way, with focus turning to the Australian Grand Prix this weekend. There’s plenty of expectation as Ferrari look to close the gap on Mercedes this term. They’ve been edging ever closer in the last couple of seasons, but will this be the year when Lewis Hamilton and co are toppled? We’ve seen a few false dawns, but with a renewed sense of optimism the Italians are chasing glory this year. Not too long ago, they seemed to be on course.

During the off-season, we were hearing that this is set to be Ferrari’s year. However, those noises were coming from the Mercedes camp, and they appear to be bit misleading. That’s no new tactic from Mercedes, as they were masters at putting the pressure onto their rivals during the previous campaign. Despite that build up, Hamilton remains the favourite to take the title this year, while we see him making a great start with a victory this weekend.

Top Tips

Lewis Hamilton to win @ 6/4

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Race Info

This race in Melbourne kicks off the campaign yet again, with a further 20 matches to come. We have another packed F1 calendar ahead and Australia should get things off to a great start. Albert Park has hosted this race every year since 1996, with almost 100,000 spectators expected for race.

RoundCountryCircuitRace Distance
1/21 Australia Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit 308km / 58 Laps

Schedule

 DateStart TimeFinish TimeForecast ConditionsTV Coverage
Practice 1 Fru 15th March 01:00 02:30 Dry / 21° -
Practice 2 Fri 15th March 05:00 06:30 Dry / 21° -
Practice 3 Sat 16th March 03:00 04:30 Dry / 26° -
Qualifying Sat 16th March 06:00 08:00 Dry / 27° Sky F1
Race Sun 17th March 05:10 07:10 Dry / 27° Sky F1

Last Season's Result (2018)

A year ago, Sebastian Vettel started the new campaign with a victory, putting in an impressive display to move up from third on grid. That result last year meant that the Australian Grand Prix was won by a German for the third year running. It was part of an excellent start by Ferrari, who had both drivers in the podium in the opening race. Kimi Raikkonen took third place a year ago, but he’s since moved on to line up with Alfa Romeo.

There’s another strong performer here who is starting over this season. Daniel Ricciardo started his final season at Red Bull with a fourth place finish, now he’s the leading man for Renault for the 2019 season.

PositionDriverCarGrid PositionPoints
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 3 25
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1 18
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 2 15
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 8 12
5 Fernando Alonso McClaren 1 10
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 4 8
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 7 6
8 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 15 4
9 Stoffel Vandoorne McClaren 11 2
10 Carlos Sainz Renault 9 1

Race News: Mercedes Set Early Pace

The new campaign was being built up as a titanic battle, with Mercedes casting themselves as underdogs yet again. It’s a well-run routine for the current champions, but there seemed to be some truth to it this time. However, they caused a surprise in the opening day of the new season, as they set the pace against Ferrari in the opening practice rounds. They were in “a league of their own” according to Vettel, who had a few choice words for Mercedes after the noises they made this summer.

While Vettel followed that up with some confidence in his own side, Ferrari were clearly taken aback by Mercedes here. There’s another opportunity for Hamilton to add another world title to his collection, while everything is shaping up for him to make a perfect start on his return to the track.

Analysis: Hamilton to Lay Down Marker

Hamilton was clearly delighted when he spoke after the first day, while he knows that his side have the edge coming into race day. They are looking to set the pace from the start this season, especially given that it took three races for Hamilton to claim his first win last term. After a strong finish to last term, will he get off to a flying here? Given the manner in which he wrapped up in 2018, there’s clearly momentum behind him going into this new campaign.

The champion had a great second half of the season to finish 88 points clear in the final standings. Hamilton won eight of his last 11 races, while he clearly seems to be in shape to make a flying start here. While he has had a few misses in Melbourne in recent years, they clearly hold an advantage over Ferrari, so this could be a great start from the champions on Sunday.

Final Verdict: Lewis Hamilton To Win

We’re backing Hamilton to land his first win since 2015 at this track. He’s the clear contender with Mercedes pulling away going into this one, while his strong finish to last season has already inspired some confidence from us. The reigning champion is well priced to continue his domination of F1 this weekend, as he’s priced at 6/4 to win on Sunday.

The side flying under the radar in practice were Red Bull. They were getting a lot right towards the end of last year, while they made an impressive run through the first practice session. With Max Verstappen finishing in the top three in his final five races last year, we’re backing him for the podium at odds of 8/11.

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