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Three-in-a-row for Vettel in season-opener? Get Australian Grand Prix betting tips

Leigh Copson 12 Mar 2019

Sebastian Vettel (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

The 2019 Formula 1 season gets underway with the Australian Grand Prix on March 17 and this is’s complete guide to the race in Melbourne. Read on for our all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Australian Grand Prix 2019 Predictions

* Odds correct at 11:29 GMT on 12/3/2019

Australian Grand Prix 2019 Betting Tips Explained

The 2019 Formula 1 season gets underway in Melbourne this Sunday and title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will be looking to lay down an early marker in the race for the drivers’ crown. Vettel made a blistering start in 2018 that had him leading the championship for several weeks, but he suffered a disappointing collapse as Hamilton went from strength to strength in the second half of the campaign, and mean the German was forced to once again look on as the Mercedes ace was crowned world champion.

Vettel has not given up hope yet of becoming a world champion while driving for Ferrari and if pre-season testing was a sign of things to come then perhaps he will finally fulfil his dream in 2019.  The Ferrari pairing of Vettel and Charles Leclerc set the standard throughout testing in Barcelona, and they saved the best for last as the four-time world champion set a new testing record on the final day at Catalunya, clocking a 1 minute 16.221 second lap around the circuit.

“We have all the ingredients [to launch a title challenge], for sure,” Vettel told reporters after testing in Barcelona. “At some stages in previous years, maybe we didn't put things 100% together. There's always room for improvement but I think we have something to build on.”

But in all honesty, it was not like Ferrari did not have a competitive car last year. Vettel’s failure to win the championship was down to some costly mental mistakes and you have to wonder if there is a mental barrier now in place despite the fact the German driver has been crowned world champion multiple times. When the pressure was on he faltered, and the pressure is going to be on him from the off this time around because even though Ferrari set the pace in testing, Hamilton was not far behind in his Mercedes.

So who will draw first blood on Sunday? Current testing form and recent history suggests that Vettel will end the opening weekend atop the championship standings. The Ferrari ace is a three-time winner Down Under and he has been victorious in this race in each of the past two seasons despite starting behind Hamilton on the grid. The British star has had to settle for runners-up finishes on both of those occasions and this course is actually one where he is enduring something of a drought – Hamilton has not won here since 2015 and prior to that his only other win in Melbourne came over a decade ago. Vettel appears to have mastered this track so as long as the car holds up, he can win.

My second recommendation is to back Max Verstappen to miss out on a podium place. The Red Bull driver has been set a target of five race wins for this season, and while he does expect to be competitive Down Under he has already conceded that the team will struggle to challenge for wins during the early part of the season. Testing suggests the battle for podium places will be contested by the Ferrari and Mercedes drivers here, and if that is the case then Verstappen is unlikely to be standing on the podium after the race. Strengthening that belief is the Dutchman’s record here – he has never finished in the top three and has never placed higher than fifth.

Australian Grand Prix 2019 Predictions

* Odds correct at 11:29 GMT on 12/3/2019

Australian Grand Prix Circuit

The Melbourne Grand Prix circuit has been hosting the Australian Grand Prix since 1996. A street circuit that surrounds Albert Park Lake, one lap is just over three miles long and it is considered one of the least-challenging circuits on the calendar due to is fast and undemanding corners. However, there are also very few straights on this track so chances to overtake are limited.

It has been a popular track for drivers from the United Kingdom and Germany since returning to the F1 schedule. A British driver has taken the chequered flag on nine occasions, with a German driver also winning nine times, and the most successful driver in the circuit’s history is Michael Schumacher who has won four instalments of this famous race. In terms of active drivers, Sebastian Vettel leads the way with three successes, having followed up his win in 2011 with back-to-back victories in 2017 and 2018.

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Number Of Laps: 58
Lap Length: 3.296 miles
Lap Record: Michael Schumacher, 1 minute 24.125 seconds (2004).

Australian Grand Prix Previous Winners

Sebastian Vettel celebrates his win in 2017. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Michael Schumacher celebrates after winning the 2004 Australian Grand Prix. The German is the most successful driver since F1 returned to the circuit, having won their four times. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Australian Grand Prix winners

1928Arthur WaiteAustinPhillip Island
1929Arthur TerdichBugattiPhillip Island
1930Bill ThompsonBugattiPhillip Island
1931Carl JunkerBugattiPhillip Island
1932Bill ThompsonBugattiPhillip Island
1933Bill ThompsonRileyPhillip Island
1934Bob Lea-WrightSingerPhillip Island
1935Les MurphyMGPhillip Island
1937Les MurphyMGVictor Harbor
1938Peter WhiteheadERABathurst
1939Alan TomlinsonMGLobethal
1947Bill MurrayMGBathurst
1948Frank PrattBMWPoint Cook
1949John CrouchDelahayeLeyburn
1950Doug WhitefordFordNuriootpa
1951Warwick PratleyGRS-FordNarrogin
1952Doug WhitefordTalbot-LagoBathurst
1953Doug WhitefordTalbot-LagoAlbert Park
1954Lex DavisonHWM-JaguarSouthport
1955Jack BrabhamCooper-BristolPort Wakefield
1956Stirling MossMaseratiAlbert Park
1957Lex Davison/Bill PattersonFerrariCaversham
1958Lex DavisonFerrariBathurst
1959Stan JonesMaseratiLongford
1960Alex MildrenCooper-MaseratiLowood
1961Lex DavisonCooper-ClimaxMallala
1962Bruce McLarenCooper-ClimaxCaversham
1963Jack BrabhamBrabham-ClimaxWarwick Farm
1964Jack BrabhamBrabham-ClimaxSandown
1965Bruce McLarenCooper-ClimaxLongford
1966Graham HillBRMLakeside
1967Jackie StewartBRMWarwick Farm
1968Jim ClarkLotus-CosworthSandown
1969Chris AmonFerrariLakeside
1970Frank MatichMcLaren-Repco/HoldenWarwick Farm
1971Frank MatichMatich-Repco/HoldenWarwick Farm
1972Graham McRaeLeda-ChevroletSandown
1973Graham McRaeMcRae-ChevroletSandown
1974Max StewartLola-ChevroletOran Park
1975Max StewartLola-ChevroletSurfers Paradise
1976John GossMatch-Repco/HoldenSandown
1977Warwick BrownLola-ChevroletOran Park
1978Graham McRaeMcRae-ChevroletSandown
1979Johnnie WalkerLola-ChevroletWanneroo
1980Alan JonesWilliams-CosworthCalder
1981Roberto MorenoRalt-FordCalder
1982Alain ProstRalt-FordCalder
1983Roberto MorenoRalt-FordCalder
1984Roberto MorenoRalt-FordCalder
1985Keke RosbergWilliams-HondaAdelaide
1986Alain ProstMcLaren-TAGAdelaide
1987Gerhard BergerFerrariAdelaide
1988Alain ProstMcLaren-HondaAdelaide
1989Thierry BoutsenWilliams-HondaAdelaide
1990Nelson PiquetBennetton-FordAdelaide
1991Ayrton SennaMcLaren-HondaAdelaide
1992Gerhard BergerMcLaren-HondaAdelaide
1993Ayrton SennaMcLaren-FordAdelaide
1994Nigel MansellWilliams-RenaultAdelaide
1995Damon HillWilliams-RenaultAdelaide
1996Damon HillWilliams-RenaultAdelaide
1997David CoulthardMcLaren-MercedesAlbert Park
1998Mika HakkinenMcLaren-MercedesAlbert Park
1999Eddie IrvineFerrariAlbert Park
2000Michael SchumacherFerrariAlbert Park
2001Michael SchumacherFerrariAlbert Park
2002Michael SchumacherFerrariAlbert Park
2003David CoulthardMcLaren-MercedesAlbert Park
2004Michael SchumacherFerrariAlbert Park
2005Giancarlo FisichellaRenaultAlbert Park
2006Fernando AlonsoRenaultAlbert Park
2007Kimi RaikkonenFerrariAlbert Park
2008Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-MercedesAlbert Park
2009Jenson ButtonBrawn-MercedesAlbert Park
2010Jenson ButtonMcLaren-MercedesAlbert Park
2011Sebastian VettelRed Bull-RenaultAlbert Park
2012Jenson ButtonMcLaren-MercedesAlbert Park
2013Kimi RaikkonenLotus-RenaultAlbert Park
2014Nico RosbergMercedesAlbert Park
2015Lewis HamiltonMercedesAlbert Park
2016Nico RosbergMercedesAlbert Park
2017Sebastian VettelFerrariAlbert Park
2018Sebastian VettelFerrariAlbert Park

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