Get your engines started, for the Formula One 2022 season is just days away. With the obligatory cliché out of the way, let’s visit the fastest league in the world. Who’s the favourite, who is the dark horse of this year’s grid, and what are the experts’ boldest of bold predictions? A few months after the most breathtaking F1 season of the sport’s hybrid era, when Max Verstappen won the title literally on the final turn, we are ready for yet another great show.
Rumour has it that Lewis Hamilton thought about retirement after losing the title last year. He will, however, be there when the five red lights turn off, next Sunday in Bahrain. And he’s the favourite to win it all and finish the season in first place, to win a record eighth championship, more than the legendary Michael Schumacher ever earned.
Max Verstappen, the reigning Formula One champ, is second on the odds list, while George Russell, fresh in his Mercedes role, is third. Following we have the Ferrari duo, namely Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr, and yet another Englishman, McLaren’s Lando Norris.
Lewis Hamilton (UK, Mercedes) – 2.30
Max Verstappen (Netherlands, Red Bull) – 3.50
George Russell (UK, Mercedes) – 7.00
Charles Leclerc (Monaco, Ferrari) – 8.00
Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain, Ferrari) – 16.00
Lando Norris (UK, McLaren) – 16.00
Daniel Ricciardo (Australia, McLaren) – 41.00
Sergio Pérez (Mexico, Red Bull) – 67.00
Fernando Alonso (Spain, Alpine) – 67.00
Esteban Ocon (France, Alpine) – 101.00
Sebastian Vettel (Germany, Aston Martin) – 151.00
Pierre Gasly (France, Alpha Tauri) – 201.00
Lance Stroll (Canada, Aston Martin) – 251.00
Alex Albon (Thailand, Williams) – 251.00
Valtteri Bottas (Finland, Alfa Romeo) – 501.00
Yuki Tsunoda (Japan, Alpha Tauri) – 501.00
Mick Schumacher (Germany, Haas) – 751.00
Kevin Magnussen (Denmark, Haas) – 751.00
Nicholas Latifi (Canada, Williams) – 1001.00
Guanyu Zhou (China, Alfa Romeo) – 1001.00
Red Bull 3.50
Aston Martin 101.00
Alpha Tauri 251.00
Alfa Romeo 501.00
Formula 1 betting is a tricky business, as anyone who has read our F1 betting guide will know. Especially when it comes to long term betting, as you will need to wait 9 months before your bet is settled. Low odds aren’t really worth it. Here are our bold predictions for the 2022 Formula One season.
Vettel has struggled as of late, and there are more than a few pundits expecting this to be his final season in Formula One. It is too soon to think about the 4-time world champ retiring from the sport, it is true that he’s no longer competing for championships. He is particularly unstable during qualifiers, which is perfect for our bet here. Sebastian Vettel can top the league in overtakes, which can be found even at 5.00 odds at some of the best betting sites offers.
After 15 long years, Ferrari is back! Carlos Sainz will be number 1 for the Italian giants and could end up causing a major upset, winning the whole thing (which is set at 16.00). This is too bold even for us, so for now we’re settling at him winning the “League of the Rest”, meaning he’ll outscore everyone but Verstappen and Hamilton (even if he outperforms them, the bet is won). This can be found at 5.00.
With Leclerc and Sainz behind the wheel, Ferrari has the most talented drivers’ duo. Being an outsider for the constructors’ championship is too much for this year’s Scuderia.
Valtteri Bottas’ stint at Mercedes was a failure. This doesn’t mean he’s not a talented driver. Free from the pressure he might reinvent himself and score a podium finish or two.
Fernando Alonso will be 41 years old when the season ends. His teammate, Esteban Ocon, seemed readier than ever during the winter practice sessions and he has what it takes to win the team battle over his teammate.
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. They are the clear favourites for this season. The Dutchman is the bookies’ top dog, but Hamilton wants to break Schumacher’s all-time championship record and if there is someone who can do it, it’s the Englishman.
Kevin Magnussen is the DNF demi-god. He’s back in the grid and if there he stays there, there aren’t many people who are as aggressive and as unreliable as the Dane.
We were expecting to see Oscar Piastri in the place of a starting driver this year (maybe instead of Alonso?). The Formula 2 champion is an outstanding young driver and if Alpine wants to have him ready for next year, they should give him at least a couple of entries. If he enters the circuit, he can produce some magic.
In Part 2 we will see the 2022 Calendar, the teams, and drivers of the season.
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