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F1 Canadian Grand Prix 2019 Odds & Picks

Daniel Coyle

by Daniel Coyle in Racing

Updated Mar 31, 2020 · 9:30 AM PDT

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  • Lewis Hamilton has emerged as a strong +120 favorite entering the Canadian Grand Prix after claiming his fourth win of the season
  • Valtteri Bottas sits second to his Mercedes teammate on the F1 driver standings, and looks to build on his second-place finish last year at Montreal
  • Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc arrive in Montreal looking to turn around what threatens to be a lost season

Lewis Hamilton will be looking to match the legendary Michael Schumacher’s record with a seventh career victory at the Canadian Grand Prix when he travels to Montreal for next weekend’s race as a +160 favorite.

2019 Canadian Grand Prix Odds

Driver Odds
Lewis Hamilton +120
Valtteri Bottas +225
Sebastian Vettel +350
Charles Leclerc +500
Max Verstappen +1800
Pierre Gasly +15000
Kevin Magnussen +75000
Romain Grosjean +75000
Carlos Sainz +100000
Daniel Ricciardo +100000
Nico Hulkenberg +100000
Kimi Raikkonen +100000
Lance Stroll +200000

*Odds taken 06/03/19

Hamilton Extended Lead Atop F1 Standings with Monaco Win

Hamilton is coming off a controversial victory last time out at the Monaco Grand Prix, and has now posted wins in four of the first six races of the F1 season, building a 17-point lead over Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas atop the Formula One driver standings.

The 34-year-old Englishman has been simply dominant since midway through last season, earning the win in 12 of his past 16 race appearances, and has emerged as a fixture on the podium with top three finishes in 16 of his past 17 outings.

Bottas Aims to Build on Last Year’s Second-Place Finish at Montreal

Pegged as a +225 second favorite on the Canadian Grand Prix odds, Bottas has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign. The 29-year-old Finn has claimed a spot on the podium in all six races this season, including victories at Melbourne and Azerbaijan, and turned in a personal-best third-place run at Monaco.

Bottas has claimed a spot on the podium in all six races this season, including victories at Melbourne and Azerbaijan.

That has earned Bottas the no. 2 spot on the F1 driver standing with 120 points, 38 up on third-place Sebastian Vettel, and leaves him positioned for another strong run at Montreal, where he has reached the podium in each of the past four years, including second-place finishes in 2017 and 2018.


The dominance of Hamilton and Bottas has separated the duo from the pack on the odds to win the F1 Drivers’ Championship, with Hamilton leading the way as -500 chalk and Bottas sitting second at +325. Mercedes has also vaulted to a heavy -10000 to emerge as F1 Constructors’ Champion for a sixth straight year.

Intrigue Keeping Life Interesting at Team Mercedes

But what was looking to become a dull runaway F1 campaign for Mercedes has been livened up with reports of a potential feud brewing between Hamilton and Bottas, as well as reports that Hamilton was to blame for a pit lane collision between Bottas and Max Verstappen that cost Bottas valuable time in the pit, and saddled Verstappen with a five-second penalty that dumped him off the podium, from second to fourth place.

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Hamilton has a history of not allowing team allegiance to get in the way of his pursuit of the checkered flag. At the final race of the 2016 season in Abu Dhabi, Hamilton made a valiant but unsuccessful attempt to topple Mercedes teammate and boyhood friend Nico Rosberg from the top of the standings.

However, the intrigue swirling around Mercedes pales in comparison to the struggles facing Ferrari teammates, Vettel and Charles Leclerc, who sit third and fourth on the Canadian Grand Prix odds, at +350 and +500, respectively.

Vettel Returns to Montreal as Defending Champion

Vettel enjoyed the benefit of Verstappen’s penalty at Monaco, which lifted him to a season-best second-place finish, and his third trip to the podium this year. The four-time Formula One champion is also the defending champion at Montreal, claiming victory by a wide 7.376-second margin.

Team Orders, Technical Issues Spoiling Leclerc’s Season

But it has been a tougher season for Leclerc, who didn’t try to hide his frustration with Ferrari’s decision to hold him out of the final round of qualifying at Monaco, resulting in his tumble to no. 15 on the starting grid, and subsequent crashing out of the race in his hometown of Monte Carlo for a second straight year.

Team orders favoring Vettel have emerged as an irritant in the Ferrari camp, and have further complicated a disappointing season, plague by technical issues impacting the Ferrari’s highly-touted SF90. However, Leclerc proved at Bahrain that he cannot be underestimated. Making good on his promise to disobey team orders if he sees a chance to win, the 21-year-old was on pace to win before untimely engine trouble in the final laps of the race doomed him to a third-place finish.

Verstappen Maintains Consistency Despite Costly Penalty

While the five-second penalty at Monaco cost Verstappen his best finish since his win at last year’s Mexican Grand Prix, the 21-year-old Belgian remains a model of consistency, finishing no worse than fourth in each of his past 11 races, and arrives in Montreal as an intriguing +1800 bet to build on last year’s third-place run.

Pick: Valtteri Bottas (+225)

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