Max Verstappen has won this race twice on the bounce now but the Mexican Grand Prix odds on Red Bull still give their best driver the same chance as the woefully off-form Sebastian Vettel over at Ferrari. The bookies, like Unibet, one of the best online sportsbook sites in Mexico, apparently took a look at his performance in Japan and decided that whilst he has the right car his temperament may be just a little too heated for what might be quite a cool race in Mexico City.
“I don’t think I could have done anything different.” Max Verstappen said admonishingly, “Suddenly into turn 2 Charles just drove into the side of my car.” Which is almost right. It does, however, make it sound like Leclerc did it on purpose, and that’s not quite how Max ended up in the gravel on lap one in Japan and significantly dented those Mexican Grand Prix odds on Red Bull who usually fare quite well in the first of the two South American races on the F1 Calendar.
- Anyone Else – 1000/1+
- Alexander Albon – 50/1
- Valtteri Bottas – 7/1
- Max Verstappen – 13/4
- Sebastian Vettel – 13/4
- Lewis Hamilton – 9/4
- Charles Leclerc – 2/1
Going around the outside at turn 2 on the first lap of a race at Suzuka is not the most sensible of choices, the chances that the inside car will slip sideways into you is massive and a slightly older and wiser driver might have known that. No one who regularly takes advantage of Mexican gambling laws watching that race was surprised Leclerc didn’t back off, and the Mexican Grand Prix odds on Red Bull rather worryingly seem to suggest that Max might just do it all again.
Verstappen-Leclerc Clash May Repeat In Mexico
“I mean my whole car is destroyed,” Max continued exaggerating quite a bit as he turned his ire onto the sterward’s reaction to his clash with Leclerc, “And then they start to investigate it but now it is after the race. What more should he do to get a penalty?” Verstappen is not alone in thinking that perhaps Ferrari are treated more leniently than the other teams, one of the reasons they get better prices than the Mexican Grand Prix odds on Red Bull, or indeed Mercedes.
Subscribing to the conspiracy theory that FIA stands for “Ferrari Is Assisted” is probably unwise, especially if you plan to make an F1 wager an addition to your usual bet on sports in Mexico, although Leclerc does get just 2/1 to take the win at Unibet, ahead of even Lewis Hamilton at 9/4. Not that these prices should make you eschew the Mexican Grand Prix odds on Red Bull, their track record on this circuit speaks for itself and Ferrari’s car was made for Monza not Mexico.
For those uninterested in the Mexican Grand Prix odds on Red Bull, perhaps feeling Verstappen’s lack of judgement will see him once again blow his chances early on, there is always the chance that Valtteri Bottas will grab another victory. At 7/1 the bookies don’t give him much of a chance, but he wasn’t given one in Japan either and he went on to win that easily enough, so what’s to say he won’t do it again? Well. You know. Apart from the Mercedes hating this track.
2019 Mexican Grand Prix
- Hermanos Rodirigues GP Circuit
- Mexico City, Mexico
- 27th October
- Surface – Asphalt
- Length – 4.3km
- Turns – 17
- Laps – 71
- Elevation – 2,285m
One thing that should be noted by all those looking at the Mexican Grand Prix odds on Red Bull is that in Japan the Ferraris were woefully slow off the line, both Vettel and Leclerc seemingly stuck still as the rest of the grid swarmed around them. Should this happen in the next race, the prices at Unibet, one of the best online betting sites in Mexico today, will mean absolutely nothing as that first three-apex corner combo becomes a melee not everyone will survive.