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Unstoppable Hamilton to win again? Get Austrian Grand Prix betting tips

Leigh Copson 26 Jun 2019

Lewis Hamilton (credit:HOCH ZWEI/DPA/PA Images)

Austrian Grand Prix predictions for the race on Sunday, June 30. The 2019 Formula 1 season continues with the ninth race taking place in Austria – but who will be victorious? Read on for our all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Austrian Grand Prix 2019 Predictions

Austrian Grand Prix 2019 Betting Tips Explained

Can anyone stop Lewis Hamilton from becoming a six-time Formula 1 world champion this season?

The Mercedes ace came into the 2019 campaign as the bookmakers’ pick to be crowned the king of F1 once again, but there was also a feeling that his crown could be in jeopardy following a strong winter for Ferrari. However, all of that Ferrari promise has disappeared during the first eight races of the season, while Hamilton has cemented his status as the number one man in the sport. The 34-year-old has won six of the first eight races of the season, with his latest success coming in last week’s French Grand Prix, and that has helped open up a 36-point lead over team-mate Valtteri Bottas and a massive 66-point lead over the man who had been considered his biggest threat coming into the season, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel. 

So what was the last thing his rivals needed to hear? Hamilton believes the best is yet to come!

“I know people might not want to hear it, but it is going to get stronger from here,” he told reporters after his victory in France.

“I can’t believe it has been as good a season already, particularly as I felt I really struggled in the first few races, trying to get on top of the car. The races have been strong, but in qualifying and practice I have been really struggling to put my finger on where the performance was and how to extract that, but I’m getting there. It is switching the mentality to always be fighting. There is never a moment you shouldn’t be pushing and the moment you sit back is the moment you lose.”

Hamilton will not be ‘sitting back’ in this Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix, but he does not have the best of track records at the Red Bull Ring so this could be an opportunity for one of his rivals to raise their game and perhaps kick-start a fight for the drivers’ championship.

The most likely candidate to do that – if it happens – is Hamilton’s Mercedes pal Bottas. The 29-year-old Finn is the only man other than Hamilton to win a Formula 1 race this season, thanks to victories in Australia and Azerbaijan, and he has performed well at this circuit in recent years. He dominated the Austrian leg of the 2017 season as he turned pole position into victory, and he threatened to do the same 12 months ago when he set the standard in qualifying once again, only for a hydraulics problem to take him out of the race early on.

Bottas winning Sunday’s race would not surprise me in the slightest, but can we really take on Hamilton at this time? I have done it a couple of times this season and it has come back to haunt me. I am not making the same mistake again. He has been in fantastic form this season and if you want to go back even further he has won 14 of the last 19 F1 races. I simply cannot ignore these facts even though his Red Bull Ring track record his not the best, so I am backing Hamilton to be in ‘seventh heaven’ this Sunday with his seventh race win of the season.

I also recommend backing McLaren to claim a Double Points Finish in Austria. After years in the F1 doldrums they finally appear to be on their way back up, and last time out they recorded their second Double Points Finish of the season. Team boss Andreas Seidl hailed it as their best weekend far and more success could be on the cards here. There are some similarities in the layout of the Circuit Paul Ricard in France and the Red Bull Ring in Austria – namely several long straights – so if McLaren can get their tactics right and avoid technical woes, Carlos Sainz Jr and Lando Norris could be in the points once again.

Austrian Grand Prix 2019 Predictions

Austrian Grand Prix Circuit

The Austrian Grand Prix has been part of the Formula 1 calendar since 1963 – on and off – and it has taken place at this venue in Spielberg, Styria since 1970. Originally known as the Osterreichring before being renamed the A1-Ring in 1997, this circuit has been known as the Red Bull Ring since it ended a 10-year exile by returning to the Formula 1 schedule in 2014.

The circuit has undergone a host of changes over the years, with the biggest coming between 1995 and 1996 when the venue was completely rebuilt due to safety concerns. Fast sweeping corners were replaced by tight bends a long straight was added to provide further opportunities for drivers to overtake.

Mercedes have dominated the circuit since the Austrian Grand Prix returned to the calendar, winning four of the five races since 2014, but no active Formula 1 driver has won this race on more than one occasion. Alain Prost is the most successful driver in the history of this circuit having won the Austrian Grand Prix three times (1983, 1985 and 1986).

Location: Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Number Of Laps: 71
Lap Length: 2.683 miles
Lap Record: Kimi Raikkonen, 1min 6.957 seconds (2018)

Austrian Grand Prix Previous Winners

Valtteri Bottas celebrates after winning the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Austrian Grand Prix Winners

1963Jack BrabhamBrabham-ClimaxZeltweg Airfield
1964Lorenzo BandiniFerrariZeltweg Airfield
1970Jacky IckxFerrariOsterreichring
1971Jo SiffertBRMOsterreichring
1972Emerson FittipaldiLotus-FordOsterreichring
1973Ronnie PetersonLotus-FordOsterreichring
1974Carlos ReutemannBrabham-FordOsterreichring
1975Vittorio BrambillaMarch-FordOsterreichring
1976John WatsonPenske-FordOsterreichring
1977Alan JonesShadow-FordOsterreichring
1978Ronnie PetersonLotus-FordOsterreichring
1979Alan JonesWilliams-FordOsterreichring
1980Jean-Pierre JabouilleRenaultOsterreichring
1981Jacques LaffiteLigier-MatraOsterreichring
1982Elio de AngelisLotus-FordOsterreichring
1983Alain ProstRenaultOsterreichring
1984Niki LaudaMcLaren-TAGOsterreichring
1985Alain ProstMcLaren-TAGOsterreichring
1986Alain ProstMcLaren-TAGOsterreichring
1987Nigel MansellWilliams-HondaOsterreichring
1997Jacques VilleneuveWilliams-RenaultA1-Ring
1998Mika HakkinenMcLaren-MercedesA1-Ring
1999Eddie IrvineFerrariA1-Ring
2000Mika HakkinenMcLaren-MercedesA1-Ring
2001David CoulthardMcLaren-MercedesA1-Ring
2002Michael SchumacherFerrariA1-Ring
2003Michael SchumacherFerrariA1-Ring
2014Nico RosbergMercedesRed Bull Ring
2015Nico RosbergMercedesRed Bull Ring
2016Lewis HamiltonMercedesRed Bull Ring
2017Valtteri BottasMercedesRed Bull Ring

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