Chinese Grand Prix Betting Tips & Predictions – Saturday 14th April 2019

Chinese Grand Prix Track Guide

For all the talk of Ferrari’s pace, it is Mercedes who currently have control in the 2019 Formula 1 campaign. A win for each of their drivers has put them in a decent early position in the Drivers’ Championship standings, with Valtteri Bottas leading the way by a point. But will they stay out in front after this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix?

While the reigning champions are making a strong case this season, this could be a difficult weekend for them. The long straights in Shanghai should suit Ferrari’s speed in this one, which could see Mercedes put under pressure here. Ferrari can claim their first win of the season if things go their way, but can they get the better of their rivals in China?

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Sebastian Vettel to win @ 7/4

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Race Info

The Chinese Grand Prix – which started in 2004 – came with one of the most expensive circuits in F1 history. The Shanghai International Circuit was surpassed by Abu Dhabi in 2009, but it remains one of the more impressive track. It has been given an impressive honour, as this weekend marks the 1000th F1 race. Expect plenty of celebrations as the sport hits a significant milestone.

Round Country Circuit Race Distance
3/21 China Shanghai International Circuit 305km / 56 Laps

Schedule

  Date Start Time Finish Time Forecast Conditions TV Coverage
Practice 1 Fri 12th April 03:00 04:30 Dry / 15° -
Practice 2 Fri 12th April 07:00 08:30 Dry / 17° -
Practice 3 Sat 13th April 04:00 05:30 Dry / 17° -
Qualifying Sat 13th April 07:00 08:30 Dry / 16° Sky F1
Race Fri 23rd March 07:10 09:10 Dry / 14° Sky F1

Last Season's Result (2018)

Last season saw an early shock, as Daniel Riccardo ran out as the winner in Shanghai. That success was a huge blow to both Hamilton and Vettel, with the German slipping down to eighth in a stuttering display. He will be looking to right that this year, but overall it wasn’t a bad race for Ferrari – who finished with Kimi Raikkonen in third place.

It was also an odd race in that both of the two title contenders failed to finish above their teammates. The title race didn’t massively change after this clash last year, with Hamilton cutting the gap to Vettel, but staying nine points short at that early stage. However, this year could be much more impactful, as Ferrari chase a comeback.

Position Driver Car Grid Position Points
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 6 25
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 3 18
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 2 15
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 4 12
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 5 10
6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 7 8
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren 13 6
8 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1 4
9 Carlos Sainz Jr Renault 1 2
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1 1

Race News: Leclerc’s Star Rises

While Mercedes won the Bahrain Grand Prix, the big winner was arguably Charles Leclerc. The new signing at Ferrari has worked wonders for his reputation with his push for victory last time out. An engine fault ended up costing him just 10 laps from home, but that can’t overshadow a dominant weekend display from the Frenchman.

There are now suggestions that the changing of the guard at Ferrari could happen in the next few weeks or months, rather than years. While that seems premature, the last race does point to a big future in the sport for Leclerc. As Hamilton approaches the end of his career, we could be seeing the beginnings of his successor.

Analysis: Where Will Ferrari Put Their Trust?

While Ferrari have a huge star in the shape of Leclerc, they may hold back on making him the main contender this weekend. This race could use the experience of their main man, especially as it’s seen as a fair chance for them to get one over rivals Mercedes. With their opponents storming away at the top, it’s probably the time to put their faith in the former world champion.

It’s strange to see Leclerc being built up as the favourite for this one, despite him only taking his first steps with his new team. Vettel is still their big title contender, but he can’t afford to fail to win in the opening three races and still maintain real ambitions of taking the title back from Hamilton. Everything points to Ferrari putting Vettel front and centre here, but will he take the chance?

Final Verdict: Vettel To Win

We’re siding with Vettel in this one, with the German a contender to end his wait for a win here. He does come into this one having topped qualifying last year, while he should be able to follow that up with a strong run in Shanghai. If this is going to be the race when Ferrari go full throttle, then Vettel will be expected to be at his best. He needs to lay down a marker for the months to come.

We think that Vettel will take top spot here, and he’s well priced for glory at 7/4. Mercedes rarely made an impact at circuits which didn’t suit them last year, while Vettel’s status as Ferrari’s main man should push him on. It seems like the perfect race for him, but the bookies are still being generous with that pricing. We’re backing him for victory, while we see him as a decent option for fastest qualifier at 7/4. Meanwhile, Verstappen – fresh from two top four finishes – is a great option for a podium finish in this one, also priced at 7/4.

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