There is still a lot of racing to come this season, but there appears to be a growing sense of inevitability about how things will play out. Every time we see the standings get a little tighter at the top, something happens to put an end to it. For example, Charles Leclerc closed the gap with a win in Austria a couple of races back, but then followed that up with the French Grand Prix, where he was forced to retire. To make matters worse, Max Verstappen won in France to once again pad his lead at the top. If we are going to see a tight race all the way to the end of the year, we are going to need to see some driver other than Verstappen get on a serious run. The first chance for that to happen comes this Sunday with the running of the Hungarian Grand Prix. It is the usual suspects who are in as the favorites, so let’s take a look at the current Formula 1 Odds.
F1 Betting Odds, Analysis and Prediction for the 2022 Hungarian GP Race
Charles Leclerc (+121)
It has been an up and down season for Leclerc, and if he does end up finishing behind Verstappen, he will almost certainly wonder about what has been. There have been 4 races where he has been forced to retire and lose valuable points this year, otherwise we would be looking at a much tighter race at the top of the standings. As it stands right now, the point difference between him and Verstappen is at 63 points, which is getting close to being insurmountable when you look at what Verstappen is doing this season. He does have 3 wins, though, in the races that he has finished, so if he can get to the end, he can indeed make a run. He was forced to retire in this corresponding race in 2021.
Max Verstappen (+150)
We are beyond the midway point of the season in F1 now, and it is beginning to look as though Max Verstappen is going to cruise to his 2nd straight World Championship. There were some doubts cast after he went back-to-back races without getting a win, but as Leclerc faltered in France, the champ went on to win and once again extend his lead at the top. The fact of the matter is that Verstappen has now won 7 of the 11 races this season, so you have to believe that he doesn’t have to win too many more to reach a point where he cannot be caught. One thing worth noting, though, is that Verstappen has never won on this track, so perhaps there is an opening for someone else on Sunday.
Carlos Sainz Jr. (+580)
This is shaping up to be a very decent year for Sainz Jr., but like Leclerc, things could have been a whole lot better, as there have been 4 races to this point where he has failed to pick up any points. Outside of that, Sainz Jr. has been mister consistency, landing on the podium in 6 of 8 races, which includes a single win in the UK. He ran 3rd in Hungary last season, so I would definitely take a look at him here at very good odds.