- Charles Leclerc is favored to claim his third win of the season when the Formula 1 action resumes this weekend at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
- Defending champion Max Verstappen closely trails as second favorite, but has failed to finish two of three races this season
- Read on for all the odds and trends ahead of Sunday morning’s running of the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
Charles Leclerc will be aiming to extend his lead atop the Formula 1 Drivers Standings when he hits the track for this weekend’s running of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as a +105 betting favorite. The Ferrari driver has amassed an impressive 34-point lead atop the Standings after claiming the checkered flag in two of the first three races of the campaign. Max Verstappen remains Leclerc’s closest rival in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix odds.
The defending champion is pegged as an attractive +180 second-favorite despite being plagued by technical problems that have prevented him from finishing two of this season’s three races to date.
Here’s a look at all the odds and trends ahead of the running of the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which is scheduled for 9:00 AM EST on Sunday morning at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola.
2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Odds
|Driver||Odds to Win||Odds to Finish Top Three||Odds to Finish Top Six||Odds to Finish Top 10|
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Leclerc Favored in Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Odds
It is quickly becoming a breakthrough campaign for Charles Leclerc, who arrives in Imola atop the F1 Drivers Championship odds and perched as a strengthening -160 favorite to be the first Ferrari pilot to claim the F1 title since Kimi Raikkonen claimed the crown in 2012. In addition to his victories in Bahrain and Australia, Leclerc has started on the pole twice so far this season, and picked up a bonus point for fastest lap in all three races to date.
A reminder of our standings after three races in 2022!
— Formula 1 (@F1) April 11, 2022
With the sprint qualifying set to be used this weekend, Leclerc enjoys an added opportunity to pad his lead. Scheduled to be used in three races this season the sprint qualifying system determines the starting grid through the use of mini races on both Friday and Saturday. Points are awarded to the top eight qualifiers, with the driver grabbing pole position earning eight points.
Can Red Bull Overcome Technical Issues
That is good news for the 24-year-old, who has started from the front row in each of this season’s three races and from the second row in last year’s edition of this race. The big challenge for Leclerc will be whether he can keep pace in sprint qualifying with the Max Verstappen, who earned the win at this race a year ago after starting alongside Leclerc.
#OTD in 2021 Max Verstappen won the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix from Lewis Hamilton & Lando Norris. With both Hamilton & Norris on the podium it marked the first time two British drivers shared the podium since Hamilton & Jenson Button at 2012 China #F1 pic.twitter.com/L2FQIXhJBE
— F1 History & Stats (@F1HistoryStats) April 18, 2022
However, it remains to be seen whether Red Bull have finally addressed the technical problems that have plagued both Verstappen and teammate Sergio Perez through the first three rounds of the campaign. Red Bull were shutout in Round 1 in Bahrain, with both Verstappen and Perez being forced out of the race due to fuel pump issues.
Helmut Marko has said Max Verstappen's fuel leak in Melbourne was caused by a "very complex" issue, "absolutely different" to what knocked him out in Bahrain.https://t.co/pvOWviCvAg #F1 pic.twitter.com/KhGMNkCKny
— PlanetF1 (@Planet_F1) April 14, 2022
The duo bounced back in Saudi Arabia, with Verstappen earning his first win of the season and “Checo” finishing fourth. But the defending champion once again made an early exit in Melbourne due to a fuel leak and subsequent fire that forced him out of his vehicle. Another technical failure would be catastrophic for Verstappen in his bid to repeat as F1 champion, who currently sits 46 points back of Leclerc. However, Red Bull has established themselves as the team to beat on straightaways. And considering Verstappen’s steady results in qualifying in the three 2021 races that used the sprint format, he offers value as a +170 to lead the way in the sprint.
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Recent Winners
|Year||Winner||Margin of Victory||Pole Position||Fastest Lap|
|2021||Max Verstappen – Red Bull Racing||22.000 sec||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes|
|2020||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||25.592 sec||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes|
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Picks & Predictions
While the focus remains squarely fixed on Ferrari’s fast start and Red Bull’s woes, McLaren’s recent reversal in fortune should not be overlooked. Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo have made steady progress since both finished out of the points in Bahrain. The duo both advanced to Q3 in Melbourne before finishing fifth and sixth in that race.
That's the best finish of the season for @LandoNorris as he ends P5 in Melbourne 💪
— #L4NDO (@TeamL4NDO) April 10, 2022
Sprint qualifying presents challenges for McLaren, which has struggled to keep pace with the frontrunners. However, Norris offers solid value as a +180 bet to finish top six. And considering Red Bull’s recent struggles, and the decision by Mercedes to forgo upgrades until after this weekend’s race, any missteps by either of those teams could propel Norris onto the podium as a +1200 bet.
The Picks: Max Verstappen to claim pole position (+180); Lando Norris top six (+180)