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Formula 1 2022 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix Odds & Picks

Daniel Coyle

by Daniel Coyle in Racing

Mar 24, 2022 · 12:15 PM PDT

Formula 1 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix odds
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco, left, and Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain pose for photograph with team members celebrating winning the first and second positions during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, March 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
  • 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
Charles Leclerc +130 -330 -450 -480
Max Verstappen +150 -380 -450 -480
Carlos Sainz +650 -150 -380 -400
Lewis Hamilton +1000 +270 -340 -400
Sergio Perez +1800 +195 -380 -400
George Russell +2800 +500 -150 -400
Valtteri Bottas +11000 +1200 +170 -250
Pierre Gasly +11000 +2200 +195 -210
Kevin Magnussen +11000 +1100 +145 -270
Fernando Alonso +11000 +2200 +195 -210
Esteban Ocon +14000 +2800 +350 -150
Lando Norris +17000 +3200 +750 +145
Mick Schumacher +18000 +3200 +650 +130
Alex Albon +20000 +10000 +5000 +650
Lance Stroll +20000 +10000 +3200 +300
Sebastian Vettel +20000 +10000 +2800 +270
Yuki Tsunoda +20000 +3200 +750 +120
Nicholas Latifi +20000 +10000 +5000 +1600
Guanyu Zhou +20000 +3200 +750 +145
Daniel Ricciardo +20000 +4200 +1000 +250

Odds as of March 24th at FanDuel Sportsbook 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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