Grand Prix de Monaco 2019 Vegas picks and F1 predictions: Proven expert fading Max Verstappen

Mercedes has totally dominated Formula 1 this season, but that could end in the 2019 Grand Prix de Monaco on Sunday. The highly-anticipated race begins at 9:10 a.m. ET. Mercedes hasn't won at Monte Carlo since 2016, with Ferrari and Red Bull Honda capturing the last two crown jewels of Formula 1 racing. Monaco is a demanding, lower-speed course involving lots of tight corners and elevation changes -- not a perfect fit for Mercedes. Still, defending Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, are the favorites for the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix. They've finished 1-2 in all five Grand Prix events this year. Bookmakers peg Hamilton at +110 (risk $110 to win $100), Bottas at +250, Red Bull Honda's Max Verstappen at +450, his teammate Pierre Gasly at +1,000 and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at +1,200. Before you make any Monaco Grand Prix 2019 picks or Formula 1 racing predictions, see what legendary F1 bettor Nathaniel Smith picked.

A professional bettor whose Formula One knowledge is unmatched, Smith is off to a blazing start this season. In fact, anyone placing $100 on his picks already is up nearly $4,000.

Smith cashed his 14-1 bet on Bottas winning the Australian Grand Prix, a 33-1 score on Lando Norris making q3 in Australia, and another 19-2 winner on the Haas team scoring double points at the Spanish Grand Prix, just to name a few.

This is Smith's sixth straight winning season, and 2018 was a monster year, too. Smith called Daniel Ricciardo's spectacular win at Monaco at 11-2; Kimi Raikkonen's pole at Italy at 13-2; and Sergio Perez topping the first practice in Italy at 66-1.

Now, Smith has broken down the 2019 Grand Prix de Monaco odds and released his coveted picks. He's sharing them over at SportsLine.

We can tell you he's not going with Verstappen, despite Monaco being a Red Bull stronghold in recent seasons.

Monaco "suits Red Bull's car philosophy perfectly and masks their power deficit," Smith told SportsLine. "This year, though, things are a little different, with the team having a much more competitive engine but being unusually a bit behind on the chassis side. That's why Verstappen goes into this one as only the third favorite at a track he was pinned on to finally win before the start of the season.

"It's also been a track he's underperformed at throughout his career, with several very costly crashes."

Smith is highly confident he has the winner of the 2019 Grand Prix de Monaco. He's also backing a huge double-digit long shot with a strong chance of winning it all. He's only sharing who to pick at SportsLine.

So who wins the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix? And which long shot should you be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see the Nathaniel Smith's detailed F1 picks, all from the unrivaled Formula 1 expert who's up nearly $4,000 this season.

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