While Formula One gets plenty of justifiable criticism for lack of completive races it does have a crown jewel. The Monaco Grand Prix could very well be the most glamorous race of them all. Circuit de Monaco runs right through the streets of Monte Carlo. A-list celebrities join Prince Albert II in a uniquely sensational setting. In fact, the circuit is called “an exceptional location of glamor and prestige.” The dynamics of the course make for a challenging handicap with the Auto Racing Betting Odds. Consider that Daniel Ricciardo took the checkers in a major upset last year. Such are the potential wild cards at Monaco.
2019 Monaco Grand Prix Wagering Favorites
Accordingly, it should come as no surprise that Lewis Hamilton is the favorite to win the Monaco Grand Prix. Hamilton opened at +110 with the Auto Racing betting odds to take the checkers at Monaco. Next at +250 is Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Max Verstappen is the third choice at +450. From there the odds get increasingly long. Concurrently at +1000 is Pierre Gasly. Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel is a +1200 choice with Charles LeClerc at +1600.
Second Tier Long Shots at Monaco
In contrast the remaining choices are the longest of shots. Consider that Romain Grosjean and Daniel Ricciardo are at +50000. At +100000 are Nico Hulkenberg, Kevin Magnussen and Alexander Albon. Likewise, the best-known long shot is Kimi Raikkonen at +200000. Yet Ricciardo was last year’s winner.
Circuit de Monaco
The Monaco Grand Prix is held on a narrow course laid out in the streets of Monte Carlo. Not only is the course narrow but it also offers other challenges. First there are numerous elevation changes with tight corners. Hence, fans can’t forget about the famed tunnel that drivers race through. All told it is one of the most demanding and iconic tracks in all of motorsports. The famed movie “Grand Prix” was shot in large part at Monaco. Owing to this is the Monaco Grand Prix drawing the most sportsbook action of any Formula One race.
Monaco Grand Prix History and Recent Winners
At the beginning of any conversation about the Monaco Grand Prix comes Ayrton Senna. Overall, he is the all-time leader with six wins. Graham Hill and Michael Schumacher have five career wins at Monaco. On this occasion Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel lead all active drivers with two wins each at Monaco.
Immediately any Formula One race is going to have Hamilton as one of the favorites. It follows that he leads the Formula One Standings heading into Monaco. Hamilton won three of the first five races of the season. Naturally he finished second in the other two contests. For his career Hamilton has posted five Formula One championships. Last year at Monaco he finished in third place. Hamilton’s last win on the Monte Carlo streets was in 2016.
Encompassing the Mercedes team dominance is Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas. Of course, it comes as no surprise that he is second in the Formula One Standings. Bottas has two wins with the Auto Racing Betting Odds this year.
In contrast to the top chalks is Sebastian Vettel. His last win at Monaco was in 2011. Despite not winning a race this season Vettel is fourth in the Formula One standings. Comparable to Hamilton and Bottas does Vettel offer potentially better value.