For the first time, Formula One heads to Miami, Florida, to race a grand prix. On Sunday, the 2022 Miami Grand Prix, after numerous delays, finally happens. The race was supposed to take place in 2019, then in 2020, and then last year. But although there’s been a delay, good things come to those who wait. Check out F1 odds to win and a preview of this Sunday’s Miami Grand Prix.
2022 Miami Grand Race Info
- When: Sunday, May 8 at 3:30 am ET
- Where: Miami International Autodrome, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
- TV: ESPN
- Live Stream: Formula1.com
- Circuit Length: 5.412 km
- Laps: 57
- Number of Corners: 19
READ MORE: 2022 Miami Grand Prix Top Storylines
Odds to Win the 2022 Miami Grand Prix
- Max Verstappen +100
- Charles Leclerc +125
- Sergio Perez +1200
- Carlos Sainz +1200
- Lewis Hamilton +3300
- Lando Norris +5000
- George Russell +5000
- Daniel Ricciardo +8000
- Valtteri Bottas +15000
- Fernando Alonso +17500
Inaugural Miami Grand Prix on Sunday
In 2018, Formula One submitted a proposal for a race to take place in Miami starting in 2019. Issues arose with Port Miami’s construction plans. That race had been set to take place in downtown but due to the construction issues, the race moved to Hard Rock Stadium and their parking lots. F1 wanted to have the race in 2021. But instead of racing in Miami, Formula One raced at the Jeddah track in Saudi Arabia. The first Miami Grand Prix then moved to this year, 2022.
2022 Emiligia Romagna Grand Prix Recap
The last race on the F1 calendar was the Emilia Romagna GP. Second-choice Max Verstappen crossed the finish line first followed by fellow Red Bull driver Sergio Perez.
Lando Norris finished third, close to 35 seconds behind Verstappen while Mercedes driver George Russell finished fourth. Three surprises happened at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. First, Alpha Romero driver Valtteri Bottas finished fifth. Second, Charles Leclerc, the race favorite finished second. And the biggest surprise was Lewis Hamilton finishing thirteenth.
Which driver is the better play? Charles Leclerc or Max Verstappen?
Verstappen picked up his game in Italy. He beat Perez by 16.527 seconds. It was a fantastic race by last year’s driver’s champion. Leclerc finished almost a full minute behind Verstappen. The 56.072 seconds must have surprised Charles’ backers because in the previous three races, Leclerc had won in Bahrain and in Australia and had finished second behind Verstappen in Saudi Arabia.
So what we must ask ourselves if whether or not Leclerc bounces back. If he does, we’ll get +25 above what Verstappen is going to pay. It’s worth backing Leclerc if you think he turns the tables. Verstappen can win this, no doubt, but Red Bull’s best racer has traded wins with Ferrari’s best. Miami is Leclerc’s turn.
Will Sergio Perez or Carlos Sainz climb to the podium with Leclerc and Verstappen?
Both Perez, Verstappen’s teammate, and Sainz, Leclerc’s teammate are having great seasons. Perez, though, hasn’t been as consistent as Sainz. If we throw out the Emilia Romagna GP and the Australian GP where Sainz had to retire, Carlos has raced great.
Sainz finished second behind Leclerc at the Bahrain Grand Prix, and third behind Verstappen and Leclerc in Saudi Arabia. So if Sainz can stay out of trouble, and if his car is in better shape in Miami than it was in Italy or Australia, Sainz can step to the podium.
Is Lewis Hamilton or Lando Norris the best underdog play?
Hamilton’s non top ten finish surprised big time. The preseason favorite to win the driver’s championship is having an awful season. But although Lando Norris raced well to finish fourth at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, we shouldn’t read too much into the finish. Norris raced well in Italy last year. We should have expected a top five finish, which is why Hamilton is a better play in Miami.
Yes, Mercedes and Hamilton are having a tough time, but it’s only a matter of time before Lewis gets back on track. He could get back on track on Sunday to the tune of a 33-to-1 payout. Lean towards Hamilton if you’re looking to back one of the obvious longshots.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.