There was some pressure on Max Verstappen heading into the new Formula 1 season. Not just because he came in as the defending champion, but also because of the nature of his victory last year. He won the World Championship in controversial fashion in the final race of the year, with many fans suggesting that his win should be rendered invalid. There are not going to be any such discussions this season, though, as he is running away with the title, and all without any type of controversy. This weekend, the F1 will be heading to Singapore for a race that could potentially see Verstappen repeat as champion. He doesn’t seem to believe that it will happen this weekend, but either way, he will be crowned sooner rather than later. The Formula 1 Odds for this race are now up, and there are really no surprises, so let’s take a look.
F1 Betting Odds, Analysis and Prediction for the 2022 Singapore GP at Marina Bay
Max Verstappen (-207)
There are still 6 races to come on the season, but Verstappen has already surpassed the 10 wins that he delivered in 2021. He is on a run now that has seen him win 5 straight races, which means that he now has 11 on the season. You can argue that with the issues that Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton have had this season that Verstappen has not had a strong challenger in 2022, but it’s still not easy to go out there and dominate in the fashion in which the champion has done. This will be the first F1 race in Singapore since 2019, with Verstappen looking to get his first win on this track. He has a pair of podium finishes in previous runs.
Charles Leclerc (+360)
If you look at the big picture, and especially look at how dominant Verstappen has been this season, you have to say that Leclerc has had a very good year. He has 3 wins on the season and made things uncomfortable for the champion in the early going of the season. He has not been able to maintain the high level of driving he showed at the start of the season, but he is consistently up among the leaders and on the podium. Outside of his wins, he also has 4 podium finishes to his name. He also ran 2nd in his last run in Singapore, so there is every reason he might be able to spring the upset this weekend.
Lewis Hamilton (+1025)
You need only look at the odds to see how far off the pace Hamilton has been this season. Mercedes has struggled to get him the vehicle he needs on the track, and you have to say that it’s a little jarring to be this deep into the season and have not seen Hamilton win a race. He does have 6 podium finishes, but given the competitor that Hamilton is, you know that he is going to be pushing to get at least one victory this season, as he has done every year. He does have a couple of wins in Singapore, but can he roll the clock back and get another this weekend?