F1 Insider: Mexican Grand Prix preview and betting tips

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Our F1 Insider is back and picks out two strong fancies as Formula One heads to Mexico for the latest Grand Prix.

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5pts Charles Leclerc to win the Mexican Grand Prix at 2/1

3pts Max Verstappen to finish on the podium at 4/5

Charles Leclerc has taken pole position in four of the five races since the summer break and looks a good bet at triple-your-money prices to turn that pace into victory in Mexico on Sunday.

The power advantage his Ferrari enjoys over the field will be diminished slightly by the thinner air at 2,285 metres above sea level, but the 064's slippery chassis lends itself well to a circuit which, unlike Suzuka last time out, favours aerodynamic efficiency over downforce.

Leclerc is slowly asserting his authority over Scuderia team-mate Sebastian Vettel and another win this weekend would make the Monegasque driver a solid favourite to win the head-to-head over the season.

Charles Leclerc

Max Verstappen's season has hit something of a lull since the summer break as Ferrari have made a step forward and grid penalties and ill luck have blunted his challenge.

But the Dutchman has still been arguably the most impressive pound-for-pound performer in 2019 and looks decent value to take only his second podium in six races at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Verstappen has won the last two runnings of this event fairly convincingly, with the altitude playing into the hands of his Red Bull-Renault.

He might have to play second fiddle to the Ferraris this weekend, in qualifying at least, but a podium finish looks on the cards at 4/5.

Lewis Hamilton has a chance of clinching the championship so is unlikely to take unnecessary risks - he finished outside of the podium places in each of the last two years when in that position - and Verstappen represents the best value of the other front runners to take his place on the rostrum.

Max Verstappen

Posted at 1740 BST on 23/10/19.

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