With 4 rounds gone in the 2022 Formula 1 season, we are still in the very early stages of the current campaign. A lot can change between now and the end of the season, but you do have to say that the driver standings don’t look anything like what we are used to. The expectation was that Verstappen and Hamilton would be at it again, but the harsh reality is that neither of those drivers are getting anywhere near to their preseason expectations. Furthermore, you could easily make the argument that Hamilton is currently in a hole from which there is no getting out of, at least not if he hopes to land his record-setting 8th World Championship. This weekend, the drivers will be in Miami for the first ever grand prix in that city, so we can perhaps expect the unexpected. Let’s take a look at the current odds for the Miami Grand Prix so you can get ready to make your bets against the Formula 1 Odds.
F1 Betting Odds, Analysis and Predictions for the 2022 Miami GP Race
Max Verstappen (-103)
The defending champion has quickly discovered that defending your crown is not as easy as one might have expected. Verstappen got off to a rough start in Bahrain, finishing 19th in that one, after which he has had a pair of wins and a forced retirement in Australia. The wins have certainly helped his cause, but he is still sitting a rather distant 2nd in the driver standings, which means that he needs a good run of form to help haul himself back into the hunt for a repeat. While this is his first run in Miami, as it is for everyone, he did win in the US last year.
Charles Leclerc (+141)
There were not a lot of race fans looking at Leclerc as a potential champion heading into the 2022 season. He had failed to pick up a win since finishing 4th overall in the 2019 season, so there really wasn’t anything to suggest that we might be looking at a breakout season. That is exactly what we are looking at though, as Leclerc has 2 wins in the first 4 races and had yet to finish worse than 6th in those runs. He has a nice lead at the top, but he also knows that staying there means staying consistent and picking up points in every single race.
Sergio Perez (+850)
After finishing 4th overall in back-to-back seasons, Sergio Perez got a nice reward in becoming a part of Team Red Bull, which also meant becoming a teammate to Max Verstappen. Like his teammate, he had a tough start to the season in Bahrain, but Perez has bounced back nicely and had had a 4th and a pair of podium finishes in the 3 races since then. He is still a good way off the pace being set by Leclerc at the top of the Formula 1 Driver standings, but he has been consistent of late and may find a way to be in the hunt in Miami.
In terms of other potential picks, you have Carlos Sainz sitting at +1150 and Lewis Hamilton at +2900. Those are definitely considered longshot picks at this point, but it might be worth risking a few bucks on one of those guys.
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