For the first time in two years, Formula 1 is back in Australia. In 2020, F1 canceled the Australian Grand Prix. Then last year, Formula 1 again cancelled the event. This time, there will be no cancellation. So far, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen and both of Ferrari’s drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, have dominated. Will the Aussie Grand Prix winner come down to Leclerc, Sainz, and Verstappen? Or is this the race where Lewis Hamilton, George Russell, and Mercedes get their first victory?
2022 Australian Grand Prix Race Info
- When: Sunday, Apr. 10 at 10:00 am ET
- Where: Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia
- TV: ESPN
- Live Stream: Formula1.com
- Circuit Length: 6.174 km
- Laps: 50
- Number of Corners: 27
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Odds to Win the 2022 Australian Grand Prix
- Max Verstappen +120
- Charles Leclerc +150
- Carlos Sainz +800
- Sergio Perez +1400
- Lewis Hamilton +1400
- George Russell +2500
- Max Schumacher +6600
- Fernando Alonso +12500
- Valtteri Bottas +12500
- Pierre Gasly +12500
2022 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix Recap
After a couple of races, it’s apparent that Ferrari is back. Although Leclerc and Sainz didn’t win the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, the Ferrari drivers did step to the podium. Leclerc finished second and Sainz finished third. Both drove great, but they couldn’t catch Red Bull racer Max Verstappen.
After a tough Bahrain Grand Prix, Verstappen, the 2021 driver title winner, bounced back with a fantastic performance in Saudi Arabia. Verstappen heads to Australia the favorite to win a second straight grand prix. Leclerc is the second choice while Sainz is the third choice.
Is Verstappen a good play to make it two straight checkered flags?
The last time F1 raced in Australia was 2019. Not only that, but F1 raced over a different circuit than what they will race over on Saturday night in the United States. So it doesn’t make sense to use the last Australian GP as a barometer, which, by the way, Lewis Hamilton won and Max Verstappen finished fourth behind Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel.
A better barometer is what happened in Saudi Arabia. If we throw out Bahrain, Verstappen started where he left off, winning races and proving he’s the best driver at Formula 1. So if you don’t mind the fact he’s the chalk, +120 are more than fair odds on the Red Bull driver. He should finish in the top three and has a real shot of winning the event.
Which Ferrari driver between Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc looks best?
Based on odds, Sainz is the much better play. Sainz has driven great in the first couple of races. So he should win a race this season. But it probably won’t be the Australian Grand Prix. While Carlos Sainz has driven great, it’s obvious that Ferrari is counting on Leclerc to have a much better season than Sainz. Leclerc won in Bahrain.
The early races in a Formula 1 season tend to set the tone. So even though Sainz is the better play based on odds, Leclerc offers good enough odds to warrant a look over his Ferrari teammate.
Will Lewis Hamilton grab his first win on Sunday in Australia?
It’s difficult to back Hamilton after his tenth place finish in Saudi Arabia. However, this is Lewis Hamilton and this is Mercedes. Not only that, but no driver is familiar with the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit. Hamilton finished third in Bahrain behind Sainz and Leclerc. So if we throw out the Saudi GP performance, Lewis has a real shot to get it done this weekend. At the odds, Lewis Hamilton is the best play on the board.
Name one or two dogs at +2500 to +12500 who can grab a podium finish at the 2022 Australian Grand Prix.
When it comes to Formula 1, unfamiliarity can lead to underdogs scoring at big prices. George Russell is an obvious underdog who can win the Australian Grand Prix at decent odds. Russell finished fourth in Bahrain and fifth in Saudi Arabia. At the odds, he’s a decent play.
Valtteri Bottas is a huge underdog worth a look. Bottas had to retire at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix. But he finished sixth in Bahrain. Who knows? If Bottas gets some luck, he could pull off the huge +12500 shocker.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.
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