- Max Verstappen edges out Charles Leclerc in odds to win Spanish Grand Prix
- Verstappen has won two straight races but continues to lag behind Leclerc in F1 Drivers Standings
- Read on for the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix odds and trends ahead of Sunday race at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Max Verstappen will be looking to claim the top of the Formula 1 Drivers Standings for the first time this season when he hits the track for Sunday morning’s running of the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix as a slim +105 favorite. The winner in each of the past two races, Verstappen enters the weekend trailing Charles Leclerc by 19 points in the Standings. However, after reaching the podium for the fourth time this season with his second-place finish in Miami, Leclerc sits a close second to the defending champion in the Spanish Grand Prix Odds as a +115 bet.
Here’s a look at all the odds and trends ahead of the running of the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix, scheduled for Sunday morning at 9:00am ET at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Odds to Win 2022 Spanish Grand Prix
|Driver||Odds to Win||Odds to Finish Top Three||Odds to Finish Top Six||Odds to Finish Top 10|
Odds as of May 19, 2022, at FanDuel Sportsbook.
Verstappen in Championship Form
In addition to overcoming the technical problems that plagued both him and his Red Bull Racing teammate over the first three rounds of the season, Max Verstappen has returned to championship form in his past two outings.
With his win in Miami, Max Verstappen has now won 14 of the last 28 races (50%) pic.twitter.com/VbKSG9w8ja
— Formula 1 News & Views (@FormulaViews) May 11, 2022
Two weeks ago in Miami, the 24-year-old wasted no time overtaking Leclerc and his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz, who both started in the front row. Known for occasional emotional outbursts behind the wheel, Verstappen has maintained an uncharacteristically calm demeanor during his two-race win streak, and demonstrated patience in on-track duels.
— Formula 1 (@F1) May 12, 2022
That newfound maturity should serve him well in Barcelona, where he has reached the podium in six of his past seven appearances, capped by a second-place finish a year ago. However, has taken home the checkered flag just once at this event.
Leclerc Dominates Qualifying, Struggles on Race Day
While Leclerc remains in firm control of first place in the F1 Drivers Standings, his past two performances have failed to inspire confidence that he can maintain that perch over the course of the season. The winner in two of the first three races of the season, Leclerc saw a golden opportunity to extend his lead in the Standings foiled by his own misstep at last month’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, where he fell to sixth place after spinning out late in the race.
— Flyin18T Motorsports (@Flyin18T) April 24, 2022
Leclerc’s recent struggles are reflected in the F1 Drivers Championship odds, where he now lags behind Verstappen as a +115 second favorite. But while Leclerc has stumbled on race day, he has excelled in qualifying, seizing the pole in three of five races this season, and is a worthy -105 favorite to lead the way in qualifying this weekend.
Spanish Grand Prix Recent Winners
|Year||Driver||Margin of Victory||Pole Position||Fastest Lap|
|2021||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||15.841 sec||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||Max Verstappen – Red Bull Racing|
|2020||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||24.177 sec||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes|
|2019||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||4.074 sec||Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes|
|2018||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||20.593 sec||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull Racing|
|2017||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||3.490 sec||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes|
|2016||Max Verstappen – Red Bull Racing||0.616 sec||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso|
|2015||Nico Rosberg – Mercedes||17.551 sec||Nico Rosberg – Mercedes||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes|
|2014||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||0.636 sec||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull Racing|
Silver Arrows Poised for Breakthrough?
While the focus has been squarely fixed on the growing rivalry between Verstappen and Leclerc as the scene shifts to Barcelona, F1 sports betting fans should also keep a close eye on the Mercedes team of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
What a fight Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen put on for us in Spain last year 🍿
— Formula 1 (@F1) May 16, 2022
It has been an uncharacteristically tough season for Hamilton. The seven-time F1 champion has reached the podium just once through the first five rounds, and his future with the Silver Arrows has remained a topic of constant speculation.
Despite those distractions, it is tough to overlook Hamilton’s recent dominance at this race, which he has won in each of the past five years, and finished among the top two on nine occasions. Hamilton is also coming off a respectable sixth-place performance in Miami, but remains a lengthy +2800 bet to win on Sunday.
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) May 12, 2022
George Russell has produced much more consistent results in his first season with the Silver Arrows. The 24-year-old Englishman has cracked the top five in each of the first five races of the season, including a season-best third-place performance in Australia, and also sports +2800 odds to earn his first career win.
While Mercedes still has some work to do to close the gap on Red Bull and Ferrari, Russell’s consistency and Hamilton’s spectacular track record makes Mercedes worthy of a value +1300 wager to produce this weekend’s winning driver.
The Picks: Charles Leclerc win qualifying (-105); Mercedes – team of winning driver (+1300)