On March 20, the 2022 Formula One Season got off to a rousing start when drivers revved their engines at the Bahrain Grand Prix. On Sunday, drivers head to the Jeddah Street Circuit in Saudi Arabia for the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. 2021Saudi GP winner Lewis Hamilton will be looking for a return to the top spot on the podium.
2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Race Info
- When: Sunday, Mar. 27 at 10:00 am ET
- Where: Jeddah Street Circuit, Saudi Arabia
- 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 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
- Charles Leclerc +125
- Max Verstappen +150
- Carlos Sainz Jr. +700
- Lewis Hamilton +1000
- Sergio Perez +1600
- George Russell +3300
- Kevin Magnussen +6600
2021 F1 Saudi Grand Prix Recap
Last year, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix happened on December 5. Lewis Hamilton crossed the finish line first. Hamilton beat Max Verstappen by close to 22 seconds. But although the Mercedes driver grabbed the checkered flag, Verstappen gained enough points to hold off Hamilton and win the Driver’s Championship. Both Verstappen and Hamilton had disappointing finishes in Bahrain. We’ll see if either picks it up on a track they both drive well over.
Can Leclerc and Sainz Jr. pull off the Ferrari double in Saudi Arabia like they did in Bahrain?
In 2021, Ferrari told anyone who would listen not to worry. The usually dominant constructor blew off last year to prepare for this year. If Bahrain was any indication, Ferrari wasn’t lying. Charles Leclerc, the man who replaced Sebastian Vettel as Ferrari’s top driver stepped to the top spot on the podium after the Bahrain Grand Prix.
But Ferrari didn’t just win the race with Leclerc. The constructor also finished second when Carlos Sainz crossed the line ahead of Lewis Hamilton in third. Can Ferrari pull another double? Probably not. But Leclerc can definitely win his second straight. Often, a driver and constructor get hot after a single victory. That could be the case on Sunday.
How will Max Verstappen perform after his finish in Bahrain?
Last Sunday, defending driver’s champ Max Verstappen raced for 3 laps and then had to retire. Not only did Verstappen have to retire, but so did Red Bull’s other driver, Sergio Perez. Oddsmakers believe Verstappen bounces back with a huge race. Red Bull’s top driver should. Red Bull will have a strategy going into the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix that leads to at least a top three finish if not a victory.
Will Lewis Hamilton and George Russell bounce back for Mercedes?
Both of Mercedes drivers performed well in Bahrain. Hamilton finished third and Russell finished fourth. But although both drove well, we shouldn’t kid ourselves. Mercedes expects Lewis to win every time he steps behind a wheel of one of their race cars.
Hamilton expects to win as well. At the current odds, Hamilton is an overlay. The big question going into Bahrain was whether Hamilton and Russell could work together the way Lewis and Valtteri Bottas did for years.
Although neither broke up Ferrari’s pair, the top five finishes proved Lewis and George are on the same page. On Sunday, we should expect great performances from both.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.
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