Last season, we saw a changing of the guard, with Max Verstappen claiming his first World Championship while denying Lewis Hamilton his record-setting 8th. Heading into this season, the expectation was that those drivers would once again be in a 2-horse race for the crown, but things have not played out that way at all. Both Verstappen and Hamilton have had their issues through the opening 3 races of the year and find themselves a good way off the pace currently being set by Charles Leclerc. This weekend, the drivers will be in Italy for Round 4 of the 2022 F1 season, and it may come as a surprise to learnt that Hamilton isn’t really up among the favorites. Let’s take a look at the current Formula 1 Odds for the Pirelli Gran Premio del Made in Italy.
Formula 1 Betting Analysis for 2022 Pirelli Gran Premio del Made Race
Charles Leclerc (+119)
In his second full season in F1, Leclerc took a massive step forward, winning a couple of races and finishing 4th overall. He has failed to live up to the expectations set that season in the following two years, while also failing to win a race during that stretch. A few people tipped him to be better this season, but it is fair to suggest that he has exceeded all expectations to this point. Through the opening 3 races of the season, Leclerc has 2 wins and a 2nd place finish under his belt. He is setting the tone early, but can he keep it going, and can be better his 4th place finish in this race last season?
Max Verstappen (+158)
To say that it has been an up and down start to the season for the defending champion is perhaps putting things a little too mildly, he failed to finish in the opening race of the season, although he was given credit for completion given the percentage of the race he completed. That was followed by a win, which made it appear as though Verstappen was back on track, but he then followed that up with a retirement in his last outing. He is down in 6th right now and well off the pace, and while it is still early, Verstappen cannot afford to fall any further behind. He won this race last season.
Carlos Sainz (+740)
Over the past 3 seasons, Sainz has managed to finish either 5th or 6th overall. That is a decent enough showing, but again, no one really thought he would be pushing for a championship this season. He is currently 3rd in the driver standings after picking up a pair of podium finishes through the opening 2 races. He might have been higher had he not been forced to retire last time out. Sainz finished 5th in this race last season, but given his start to the 2022 season, we might expect something a little better this time around.
It has not been the greatest start to the season for Lewis Hamilton, who is currently residing down in 5th in the driver standings. If you believe that he is still a force in F1, then you might be interested in taking a shot on him this weekend at very tempting odds of +1375.