Lewis Hamilton dominated the 2019 Formula 1 season to be crowned world champion for the sixth time in his career, but can he cement his status as one of the greatest drivers of all time by winning the world championship in 2020?
The 2020 F1 season is set to get underway in Melbourne on March 15 and when it does all eyes will be on Hamilton as he bids to repeat a dominant 2019 campaign that saw him wrap up another world title with a couple of races to spare. While the 34-year-old was unable to match his qualifying exploits of 2018, he instead saved his best for Sunday as he racked up race win after race win during the first half of the season to pull clear of his rivals and never let them back into the title hunt.
Team-mate Valtteri Bottas did his best to pose some sort of threat to Hamilton but ultimately the Finn paid the price for a handful of poor performances. He is expected to challenge his Mercedes pal once again in 2020 and having seen Mercedes dominate F1 once again in 2019 it is no shock to see these two men heading up the market, with Hamilton the 8/13 favourite ahead of 9/2 second favourite Bottas.
Charles Leclerc made a major impact during his debut season with Ferrari and is considered the biggest challenge for Hamilton at 5/1, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel is next up at 13/2 after a dismal 2019 season that saw the four-time world champion make countless mistakes and fail to mount a notable challenge for the crown.
Max Verstappen is also available at 13/2 after the Red Bull starlet enjoyed a career-best season in 2019, winning a couple of races while surpassing the points tally he accumulated in 2018. Much will be expected of him in 2020, especially if his team deliver a car that compete with a Mercedes team who have dominated the sport for several seasons now.
There is a massive gulf in the outright market following Verstappen, with the rest of the field seemingly making up the numbers in 2020. The Dutchman’s Red Bull team-mate, Alexander Albon, is next up in the market, but he is right out at 80/1 and is the only other driver shorter than 500/1 as the bookmakers once again predict that only Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull will have any chance of landing either the Drivers’ Championship or the Constructors’ Championship.
Latest Ladbrokes Odds
2020 Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship: 8/13 Lewis Hamilton, 9/2 Valterri Bottas, 5/1 Charles Leclerc, 13/2 Sebastian Vettel, 13/2 Max Verstappen, 80/1 Alexander Albon, 500/1 Carlos Sainz Jr, 750/1 Daniel Ricciardo, 750/1 Esteban Ocon, 750/1 Lando Norris, 750/1 Sergio Perez, 1000/1 Daniil Kvyat, 1000/1 Kimi Raikkonen, 1000/1 Pierre Gasly, 1500/1 Antonio Giovinazzi, 1500/1 Kevin Magnussen, 1500/1 Lance Stroll, 1500/1 Romain Grosjean, 2000/1 George Russell.