Formula 1 2022 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix Odds & Picks
- Charles Leclerc edges out Max Verstappen as the betting favorite to win the 2022 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix
- Leclerc and Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz topped the podium in Bahrain last weekend, while Verstappen and Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez failed to finish
- Read on for all the odds and trends ahead of Sunday’s running of the 2022 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix at Jeddah Corniche Circuit
The highly-anticipated clash between newly crowned Formula 1 champions Max Verstappen and his archrival Lewis Hamilton was overshadowed by Charles Leclerc’s stunning victory last weekend in Bahrain. And as the scene shifts to Saudi Arabia this weekend for the second round of the 2022 F1 campaign, Leclerc has emerged as a short +130 favorite in the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix odds
Here’s a look at all the odds and trends ahead of Sunday morning’s running of the 2022 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix at Jeddah Corniche Circuit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
2022 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix Odds
|Driver||Odds to Win||Odds to Finish Top Three||Odds to Finish Top Six||Odds to Finish Top 10|
Odds as of March 24th at FanDuel Sportsbook
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Leclerc Sparks Ferrari at Bahrain Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc maintained the momentum he gained with his impressive performance in pre-season testing last weekend in Bahrain. Leclerc dominated in qualifying to seize the pole position, and never looked back on his way to his first victory on the F1 circuit since taking home the checkered flag at the 2019 Italian Grand Prix.
Charles Leclerc is the current favorite in the F1 Drivers Championship odds.
Leading the championship for the first time in his career 👏@Charles_Leclerc comes away from Bahrain with maximum points!#BahrainGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/slyi4OV3HW
— Formula 1 (@F1) March 20, 2022
Leclerc’s Ferrari turned in top times in both days of recent preseason testing, further enabling the 24-year-old Monte Carlo native to build on the steady results he compiled down the stretch last season, which he finished with top five finishes in six of his final 10 outings. That run featured a solid outing last December at the inaugural edition of the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, where Leclerc earned a spot in the second row on the grid before finishing in seventh place.
The importance of Carlos Sainzs’ strong start cannot be understated. Leclerc’s Ferrari teammate finished just 0.006 seconds back of Max Verstappen in qualifying to earn the No. 3 spot on the gird in last week’s season opener. And with Sainz effectively holding off threats from Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez on his way to a second-place finish, Leclerc was able to keep his focus on his duel with Verstappen.
Carlos Sainz keeps his points streak alive with his P2 in Bahrain.
He has now scored points in 16 consecutive F1 races. pic.twitter.com/cNnS2grDry
— FormulaRacers (@formularacers_) March 21, 2022
Indeed, Sainz’s strong start has not been overlooked at the sportsbook, where the 27-year-old Spaniard has emerged as a high-value +650 bet to claim his first-ever F1 victory, and a worthwhile -150 wager to return to the podium for the third time in as many race appearances.
Saudi Arabia Grand Prix Odds Favor Red Bull Regroup
It is tough to overlook how Red Bull’s early-season technical woes have benefited Ferrari. Both Verstappen and his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez failed to finish last weekend’s race in Bahrain. The duo each experienced power losses that were reportedly caused by fuel system problems. And while Red Bull has publicly offered assurances that the problem has been addressed, last week’s debacle has left sports bettors understandably nervous.
Red Bull were not involved in this and they confirmed it was the fuel pump that caused them the failures #f1 pic.twitter.com/312xV5KNSV
— F1news4u (@F1news4u_) March 20, 2022
Despite the technical concerns, Verstappen remains Leclerc’s closest competition in the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix odds, where he is pegged as a close +150 second favorite, while Perez sits off the pace at +1800. Red Bull took a hit in the F1 Constructors Championship odds, moving down to third.
Max Verstappen now holds the record for most podiums in a single F1 season with 18.
And never touched the 3rd step once. pic.twitter.com/9pXC4KPpxu
— gi (@maksverstappen) March 17, 2022
Verstappen emerged as a dominant force while powering to his first ever F1 title last season, finishing among the top two in 17 of the 18 races he completed. The 24-year-old has also turned in reliable results in qualifying since the beginning of last season, claiming a spot in the front row on 14 occasions over that stretch. Accordingly, he offers value as a +170 bet to grab the pole in Sunday’s race.
Saudi Arabia Grand Prix Recent Winners
|Year||Race Winner||Margin of Victory||Pole Position||Fastest Lap|
|2021||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||21.825 sec||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes|
Mercedes Benefiting from Red Bull Struggles
It has also been a tough start to the campaign for Mercedes. But unlike the technical problems that Red Bull hopes to have quickly resolved, the German constructor’s issues may not be so easily addressed.
After closing out the final day of preseason testing with a last-place performance, Lewis Hamilton struggled to keep pace in Bahrain while finishing fifth in qualifying. The seven-time F1 champion was eventually able to claim third place after Verstappen and Perez were both forced to retire. But with both Ferrari and Red Bull clearly enjoying better pace, Hamilton sits as a distant +1000 bet to claim a second straight win in Saudi Arabia.
🗣 "Considering we're half a second behind in qualifying and probably the same, if not more, on race pace, it was a good damage limitation weekend. There's a lot of potential in the car."#F1 #BahrainGP pic.twitter.com/iAVEuhX9MF
— Osservatore Sportivo (@OsOfficialF1) March 20, 2022
It was also a disappointing Silver Arrows debut for George Russell in Bahrain. The 24-year-old Englishman finished qualifying over 1.6 seconds behind Leclerc in ninth place. And while the 24-year-old Englishman turned in a career-best fourth-place performance, he has yet to earn the confidence of oddsmakers, who list him as a distant +2800 bet to win on Sunday. And a +500 wager to reach the podium.
The Picks: Max Verstappen pole position (+170); Carlos Sainz Jr. to win (+650)
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