2019 Spanish Grand Prix Odds, Preview & Expert Pick

Posted by Derrick Harper on May 10, 2019 in

Formula 1’s return to Europe signals a key stage in the Grand Prix season, and this weekend’s race in Spain one of the most important in the entire calendar, often setting the tone for the remainder of the year. Let’s take a look at the latest F1 Odds for the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix.

2019 Spanish Grand Prix Odds, Preview & Expert Pick

Domination

While Mercedes has dominated the opening four races in terms of results, Ferrari and Red Bull haven’t been too far behind on pace terms, and the order could well be jumbled by the flood of upgrades that Spain allows. The difficulty of producing and shipping upgrades to the different corners of the globe means things often remain static in performance terms before the Spanish Grand Prix.

But when the cars roll out for practice at the Circuit de Catalunya on Friday, there’s likely to be sweeping changes up and down the grid, and many won’t be obvious.

The theory goes that if you have a car that goes well in Barcelona, then you’re most likely to have a car that goes well for the remainder of the season.

Hard Test

Catalunya has long straights that test power and punish drag; fast, medium and slow-speed corners; and both long and short corners and a few big stops threw in, which all combine to test virtually every element of a Grand Prix car’s design and engineering. Plus, it’s the track F1 teams know inside-out, having already completed eight days of running around it.

While we won’t know exactly what the cars will look like when they take to a European track for the first time in race-specification, we do know which areas each squad will be keen to improve.

Ever the master of playing things down, Toto Wolff says he’s “quite skeptical” heading into the fifth round of the world championship, despite returning to Catalunya off the back of four-straight 1-2 finishes.

With little separating five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and the rejuvenated Valtteri Bottas – the championship leader, let’s not forget – Mercedes may have a fight on its hands to manage the two drivers. And let’s not forget Catalunya is where things imploded during a similar competitive situation back in 2016.

Quite the Challenge

Even with the terrific track record Mercedes has, Ferrari is still a threat to spend them. If pre-season testing is anything to go by, Ferrari should have a slight edge on Mercedes at Catalunya… but haven’t we been saying that since February? Mercedes seems to keep hold of the top spot in the constructor’s race, and the young racer, Lewis Hamilton is giving up very little ground, if any when it comes to who is the best racer in the sport.

I would not be at all surprised to see the standard leaderboard after this one is all wrapped up. To be honest, there aren’t many athletes in any other sports as dominant as Hamilton has been since entering the world of Formula 1, nor has there been one manufacturer so overpowering as Mercedes has been as of late. It’s simply remarkable what the team is doing.