By William Hill
Last Updated: 6th November 2019
Mexico is the location on Sunday for the latest F1 Grand Prix, as the Americas leg of races starts. It could also be where Lewis Hamilton wins his sixth world title, which would be another notch on his already incredible legacy. We preview Sunday’s race at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.
Red Bull’s red-hot driver
Max Verstappen has won the last two runnings of this race for Red Bull and he should be right in the mix again this year. While the Red Bull car has performed this season, the Dutchman has announced himself as one of the best drivers in the current crop with consistently excellent performances.
He is an outside shot at 4/1, behind both Ferrari drivers – Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel – and Hamilton, but with his proven pedigree on this track, he offers good value.
Beware the Mercedes
While Hamilton is the 5/2 second favourite, and teammate Valtteri Bottas is at 8/1, there should be caution attached when backing a Mercedes driver this weekend. The Silver Arrows experienced cooling problems in Austria earlier this year, due to a combination of altitude and temperatures, and there is nowhere higher in the F1 circuit than Mexico City.
It remains to be seen if the Mercedes team have fixed the issues that plagued them at the Red Bull Ring, but previous performances in similar circumstances are enough to look for a better bet elsewhere.
That said, Hamilton will be in the hunt for that sixth world title, something he can achieve if he increases his current advantage at the top of the standings by 14 points or more on Sunday. He’ll take heart from clinching the last two championships in Mexico City, though he has not finished on the podium there since 2016.
Since the half-way point of this season, Leclerc has been absolutely electric. With a streak of four consecutive poles broken last time out in Japan by Ferrari teammate Vettel and two wins in the last five races, Leclerc is clearly on his way to usurping the German as the number one driver at the Scuderia. Some of his battles have been exceptional, and while still raw, he is a very exciting prospect.
Vettel is 3/1 to win in Mexico, but Leclerc is the 7/4 favourite, and with a couple of lengthy straights for the Ferrari’s straight-line speed to be showcased, Leclerc could again be the best bet and should be backed to cross the line under the chequered flag.