Bahrain Grand Prix Betting Tips & Predictions – Sunday 31st March 2019

Bahrain Grand Prix Track Guide

The new Formula 1 campaign opened in style earlier this month, with Valtteri Bottas coming out on top in Australia. After a pre-season which has seen the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel hyped up once again, that was a surprising way to start. Can the Mercedes man continue to stay in front of the two favourites in this weekend’s race?

Hamilton will be hoping to make it two from two for Mercedes here, after finishing up in second last time around. However, this is a race which has been kind to Ferrari over the years. Sebastian Vettel comes in with some good form behind him at the track, so could he be about to step up with a victory on Sunday? We can certainly see the German delivering here.

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Sebastian Vettel to win @ 5/2

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Race Info

The Bahrain Grand Prix is back for the eighth year running, having been almost ever-present since the first race in 2004. All renewals of this race – bar the 2010 edition – have been held at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. It makes for an interesting test for the drivers, following the opener in Australia.

RoundCountryCircuitRace Distance
2/21 Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit 308km / 57 Laps

Schedule

 DateStart TimeFinish TimeForecast ConditionsTV Coverage
Practice 1 Fri 29th March 11:00 12:30 Dry / 25° -
Practice 2 Fri 29th March 15:00 16:30 Dry / 22° -
Practice 3 Sat 30th March 12:00 13:30 Dry / 26° -
Qualifying Sat 30th March 15:00 16:00 Dry / 24° Sky F1
Race Sun 31st March 16:10 18:10 Dry / 26° Sky F1

Last Season's Result (2018)

Last year’s race was won by Vettel, who edged out Bottas to make it two wins from two. Early on last term Vettel was the pacesetter, building up hopes of a real title fight. If he’s going to pose a similar threat in 2019, he’ll surely need to pick up maximum points this weekend as he looks to leap above the Mercedes pair in the standings.

This race didn’t go down without incident last year. Lewis Hamilton had a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change, while Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo retired early, lasting a combined four laps as a difficult season got underway. However, Hamilton was able to rally back, which brought him a third place finish by a considerable distance in a weakened field.

PositionDriverCarGrid PositionPoints
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1 25
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 3 18
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 9 15
4 Pierre Gasly Toro-Rosso 5 12
5 Kevin Magnussen Haas 6 10
6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 7 8
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren 13 6
8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 14 4
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 17 2
10 Esteban Ocon Force India 8 1

Race News: Hamilton Switching Focus

Fresh from wrongly presenting Ferrari as the pace-bogeyman in the 2019 field, Lewis Hamilton has a new target. There was a lot of surprise when Mercedes upstaged a Ferrari side who they claimed to fear on the opening weekend of the campaign, but their advantage over the Italians doesn’t seem to be that big.

Now, Hamilton has picked out Red Bull as a side to fear. Hamilton claimed that Red Bull pose a real threat to him and his team. The champion claimed that we’re set for a three-way battle between some equally matched teams. It’s yet another sneak attempt to distract from the expectation on Mercedes after their first showing, ahead of a race where they tend to struggle.

Analysis: Vettel Pushing Forward Under Pressure

While Hamilton is busy pushing the big threats for F1’s dominant force, Ferrari are looking inwards ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix. That’s not surprising for a team who have a brilliant record here, while they are going through an internal change after making Vettel the main man over the last few years.

Ahead of the second race of the season, Vettel has been talking up his new teammate Charles Leclerc. The new signing is just 21 years of age, and clearly a talent for the future. However, Vettel says that the youngster is already a threat, while he expects Leclerc will put pressure on him across this campaign. Vettel has never excelled as part of a two-pronged attack, and this feels like he’s the main man who has to justify that position. That kind of motivation may just help him to kick on.

Final Verdict: Sebastian Vettel To Win

Vettel comes into this race with a team who have won this race six times, double the number of anyone else. That includes the last two renewals of this Grand Prix, which have each been won by Sebastian Vettel. The German has won this race on four occasions since 2012, but he’s priced out at 5/2 to win here. Given his great record, we expect him to deliver this weekend, and that seems like a great price for the most successful driver at the Bahrain GP.

Alternatively, we’re also looking at one huge option. Last year saw Pierre Gasly claim a spot in the top four. The Frenchman should be a contender again here, especially as the top three are by no means a closed shop. Gasly may not be able to go all the way, but there’s potential podium place for him here. We’re backing Gasly each-way at 40/1 ahead of this race.

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