Last Updated Nov 10, 2022, 5:29 PM
2022 F1 Championship Opening Odds
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The 2021 Formula One World Championship was the most exciting one in recent memory. Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen slugged it out throughout the year, and the champion wasn’t decided until the final race in Abu Dhabi. Verstappen edged out Hamilton to win the World Championship for the first time, but it wasn’t without controversy after a last-lap pass on a restart. There is still a lot of friction between Verstappen and Hamilton, and that should make for some exciting racing throughout the 2022 season.
2022 F1 Drivers’ Championship Betting Odds
- Lewis Hamilton +145
- Max Verstappen +285
- Charles Leclerc +475
- George Russell +600
- Carlos Sainz +900
- Lando Norris +1200
- All Other Players +4000 or More
Odds provided by DraftKings - Subject to Change
Seven-time World Drivers’ Championship winner Lewis Hamilton is one win away from surpassing Michael Schumacher as the greatest driver in Formula One history. Hamilton has had a ton of success in a short amount of time with six titles in the last eight years. He had won four straight championships before losing to Max Verstappen last year, and he is the deserved favorite going into 2022.
Hamilton set the pace at the pre-season running in Barcelona, posting a lap of 1:19.138. That was almost a tenth of a second faster than the next-fastest lap posted by fellow Mercedes driver George Russell. Those times have Mercedes favored to win the Constructors’ Championship for the ninth straight season.
Once again, the main competition appears to be Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Red Bull posted the next two fastest times in Barcelona, but Verstappen’s fastest lap was 0.618 seconds behind what we saw from Hamilton. Verstappen is always going to be a driver to be feared because of his aggressiveness, yet he might not be as successful as he was in 2021 since F1 has decided to review its safety measures in the offseason.
Charles Leclerc is seen as the next-best driver in the field behind the two favorites. Leclerc is the top driver for Ferrari, and he finished last year in seventh place even though he had a DNS at the Monaco Grand Prix. Schumacher won five straight World Championships with Ferrari from 2000 to 2004, but the only title they have won since that point was with Kimi Raikkonen in 2007.
It might be tempting to back Valtteri Bottas at 500-1 to win the World Championship as he finished in third place last year. However, that was as the second driver for Mercedes, and he joined Alfa Romeo this offseason. Bottas had a disastrous showing in Barcelona, and he looks likely to be at the back of the pack in most races.
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