Everything You Need to Know About F1 Betting in 2019

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A Brief History

2019 marks the 70th year of the Formula One World Championship and it is promising to be the most exciting year yet.

Young guns like Max Verstappen are making a claim for glory while Lewis Hamilton eyes up a sixth championship, pushing him ever closer to Michael Schumacher’s incredible seven total championships.

Meanwhile, Red Bull Racing has called time on Renault engines and made the switch to Honda, while Sauber Force India have renamed as Alfa Romeo racing, indicating a fresh start for the constructor. They will be buoyed by the return of Kimi Räikkönen, who rejoins to the constructor that gave him his start.

It has never been a more exciting time for F1 fans and with that March 17 start date creeping ever closer, we thought it was the perfect time to break down everything you need to know about 2019 F1 betting. Let’s get started.

Digging Deeper

Best F1 betting companies

Lewis Hamilton is the current championship leader and reigning World Drivers’ Champion.  Photograph by Morio.

When it comes to F1 betting, no one particular company can be recommended above another in absolute terms. Odds fluctuate consistently, so it is valuable to keep an eye on several companies over time.

Our top tip, though, is to make the most of free sign-up bonuses. In a bid to encourage new sign-ups, betting sites are offering up to $200 in matched deposits, making for a very enticing prospect. All you need is to sign up and deposit a lump sum and there’s potential for hundreds of dollars in free bets.

What can you bet on?

Robert Kubica returned to Formula One after suffering life-threatening injuries in a 2011 rallying accident.  Photograph by Stefan Brending.

Modern betting is about more than just picking a winner and that is especially true of F1. Most betting firms will offer:

  • F1 Drivers Championship Odds – Picking who will accumulate the highest amount of points for race finishes throughout the calendar.
  • F1 Constructors’ Championship Odds – This one is all about the constructors. If your chosen team racks up the most points across the calendar, you win.
  • F1 Podium Finish Odds – Available before the next race, you can bet on a racer you think will finish in one of the top three positions.
  • Driver vs. Driver Odds – Betting firms often offer driver vs. driver odds, wherein you pick between Driver A or Driver B for who will finish higher at the end of the 2019 season.
  • F1 Race Winner Odds – Simply bet on who the winner of a given race will be. If they win, you win.
  • Pole Position Odds – Which racer will take pole position? Bet correctly and you could win a hefty sum.
  • Fastest Lap Odds – Who will take the fastest lap? It is not always the winner of the race: in fact, you can win without the driver even finishing the race.
  • Safety Car Odds – Betting on whether a safety car will appear or not might not sound like a particularly exciting bet, but it can prove to be a highly effective tactic. Choose races with good conditions and historically few safety cars and you might well bring home the bacon.

Best F1 statistics pages

Nations that are scheduled to host a Grand Prix in 2019 are highlighted in green, with circuit locations marked with a black dot. Former host nations are shown in dark grey, and former host circuits are marked with a white dot.  Map by Cherkash.

Placing a bet on intuition alone is easy, but it is not the most effective tactic. Instead, we recommend you make use of some of the many F1 stats websites, like 4mula1.ro which features useful comparison tools and StatsF1.com, which includes exhaustive information on basically every element of F1.

By getting clued up on your options and making clever use of these tools, you can give yourself a vital edge when betting on F1.

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

Jones, Bruce.  Formula One: The Illustrated History.  Carlton Books, 2018.

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Major Dan

Major Dan is a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He served during the Cold War and has traveled to many countries around the world. Prior to his military service, he graduated from Cleveland State University, having majored in sociology. Following his military service, he worked as a police officer eventually earning the rank of captain prior to his retirement.