There are a couple of questions still waiting to be answered in the 2022 Formula 1 season. When will Max Verstappen clinch his second straight World Championship, and which driver will finish second overall? Yes, it’s still mathematically possible for someone other than Verstappen to win it all, but would anyone bet on that at this point? I certainly wouldn’t, and you have to say that there is a very good chance the reigning champion will clinch his repeat this coming weekend. It’s going to be a good one, as this will be the first time that Formula 1 will be in Japan since 2019. Of course, the last couple of years there were wiped out due to the pandemic, but it will be all systems go in Japan on Sunday. Let’s now take a quick look at the current Formula 1 Odds for the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix.
F1 Betting Odds, Analysis and Prediction for the 2022 Japanese GP at Marina Bay
Max Verstappen (-185)
Prior to the previous race in Singapore, Verstappen was asked about his chances of winning the championship in that location. He suggested that it was a bit of a longshot to clinch that early and he was proven to be correct. Verstappen finished 7th in Singapore, which means that he now has 341 points on the season, giving him a 104-point lead on the next closest driver in the standings. The feeling is that he will wrap up the championship this weekend, but will he come away with the win? He has never won in Japan, but he has had 3 podium finishes, plus we all know the steps he has taken since the 2019 season. Tough to bet against Verstappen at this point.
Charles Leclerc (+300)
As we mentioned earlier, there is also a bit of a battle going on for 2nd place in the driver standings. Leclerc is there now, but he is just 2 points up on Sergio Perez, who got the win in Singapore in the previous Grand Prix. Leclerc is on a run of 3 straight podium finishes, and while 6th is his best finish in Japan, you have to figure that he will be in the hunt again this weekend. I think Verstappen will be going all out to get the win and close the championship out, but Leclerc is a good bet to finish in the top 3.
Lewis Hamilton (+1000)
While Sergio Perez (+1050) is coming off a win and pushing hard for 2nd overall, the bookies actually have Lewis Hamilton ahead of him on the board for this race. You do have to say that it is more than a little strange to be this deep into the season and not have seen Hamilton win a race. In fact, since joining F1 in 2007, there has never been a season where Hamilton has not won at least 1 race. There are now just 5 opportunities remaining for him to get the win that would keep that streak alive, but can he get it in Japan? He does have 5 wins on that track in his career, so perhaps we should not count Hamilton out of this one.