At the end of last season in Formula 1, no matter how controversially it ended, there was a definite sense that we might be witnessing a shift in the balance of power. With 7 World Championship wins, Lewis Hamilton was the undoubted king of the F1 circuit, but rather than winning a record-setting 8th title, he was forced to watch Max Verstappen win in rather bizarre circumstances. Verstappen has made the most of that win and looks pretty close to being unbeatable over the course of the season. There are still plenty of races to come in 2022, but the gap at the top of the driver standings is beginning to widen. The question now is whether any of the drivers in the chasing pack can make a second half move to put pressure on the champion, or whether Verstappen will simply pull away and win it all with races to spare. This weekend, the drivers are in Austria, so let’s take a look at the Formula 1 Betting favorites.
F1 Betting Odds, Analysis and Prediction for the 2022 Austrian GP Race
Max Verstappen (-120)
While there is still time for some of the other drivers to catch up with Verstappen at the top of the standings, their doing so essentially relies on the champ having a poor run of form. That seems unlikely when you consider that he has won 6 of the 10 races this season, the idea of him going in the tank in the second half of the season seems unlikely. Sure, you could look at his 7th place finish in the British Grand Prix last time out and suggest that he might be about to slip, but it is worth noting that he has never really had a lot of success in that race. That is not the case with the Austrian grand Prix, though, as this is a race that he has won in 3 of the last 4 years. That alone makes him a huge favorite this weekend.
Charles Leclerc (+255)
It wasn’t so very long ago that Leclerc was sitting atop the driver standings after getting the season off to a blistering start. He won 2 of the first 2 races, finishing 2nd in the other, but he has not been able to maintain that pace. While he has been consistently among the leaders, he also failed to finish a pair of races, which cost him some valuable points. Given all of that, it is perhaps no surprise that he is now down in 3rd, 43 points off the pace being set by Verstappen. He finished 2nd in Austria a couple of years ago, so perhaps he can be on the podium again this weekend.
Carlos Sainz (+920)
When you look at the odds of the other drivers, you get an idea of just how heavily Verstappen is favored this weekend. While he has been forced to retire in 3 races already this season, Sainz still has to remain in the championship conversation, at least for now. When he does finish, he does come close, with 6 podium finishes to his name, including a win in the British Grand Prix last time out. 5th has been his best finish in this race, but perhaps we can expect more on Sunday.