French F1 Grand Prix Betting Preview 23/06/2019

The French Grand Prix is one of the most important races in the history of motorsport. It is the race at which many of the foundational rules for Grand Prix were developed and as a Formula 1 race has been won by some of the most revered names in the sport.

Despite is cultural and historical importance, the story of the French Grand Prix is far from straightforward. It rarely had a continuous home since its inaugural edition in 1906 and has been held at an astonishing 16 separate venues.

The race even fell off the Formula 1 schedule entirely in 2009 and only returned last year with the revamped Circuit Paul Ricard taking on hosting duties. Set on the outskirts of Marseille, Paul Ricard is a fantastic racetrack with state-of-the-art facilities and safety features, so it was no surprise that last year’s French Grand Prix proved to be such a success.

Drivers and fans loved the race’s new, hopefully permanent, home and so are eagerly anticipating the upcoming 2019 French Grand Prix.

Hamilton to Pull Away Again

Lewis Hamilton was happier than anybody with the resumption of the French Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver won the race en route to his fifth Driver’s Championship, and he is the bookies’ favourite to do so again.

Betfair have gone top price about a Hamilton win in the French Grand Prix at evens. That may look a little short, but it’s a hell of a lot longer than the odds available about the Brit securing another championship. Some books have Hamilton as short as 1/9 to defend his title as there really is no sign of anybody stopping him.

At the start of the season many fans hoped that Ferrari would be able to offer Mercedes a genuine challenge. That’s never really materialised and the Silver Arrows have won every single race so far (even if Sebastian Vettel claimed a moral win at the recent Canadian Grand Prix).

Valtteri Bottas is Hamilton’s main challenger and may well land himself pole position at best betting odds of 11/4 with William Hill, but it’s the runaway Drivers’ Championship leader who should win the race.

Gasly to Give the Home Crowd Something to Cheer

Max Verstappen finished second in last year’s French Grand Prix and Red Bull are quietly confident of another strong showing at Paul Ricard. This time though, it’s Verstappen’s teammate, Pierre Gasly, who could push the winner close.

Gasly was very excited about the chance to compete in France last year but his race ended in huge disappointment as he suffered a collision on the opening lap and was forced to retire. That will only throw fuel on the fire burning inside this very ambitious young driver as will the number of fans lending him their goodwill throughout the weekend.

With two second place finishes to his name already this season, Gasly is well-placed for a podium finish at 14/1 with Unibet.

Betting Tips

Lewis Hamilton to win the race at evens with Betfair

Valtteri Bottas to qualify in pole position at 11/4 with William Hill

Pierre Gasly to finish on the podium at 14/1 with Unibet

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