F1 Betting Emilia-Romagna GP: Breathing Space Between Leclerc and Verstappen


Report provided by – the #1 online betting comparison site. Three races in to the 2022 Formula One season, Charles Leclerc already has a 34-point lead and as we head to Imola this weekend, the Monegasque driver is priced at 11/10 to make it three wins out of four.

Even more significantly, some F1 betting sites have the Ferrari man at 4/7 to become world champion this year.

Before the Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago, it was Max Verstappen who was odds on to win the title, but another DNF for the 2021 champion has put a huge dent in his chances.

Reliability, rather than pace, has been the Red Bull’s Achilles heel so far this term, but Ferrari and Leclerc appear to have both in abundance so it is already a tall order for Verstappen who is now 5/2 with William Hill to retain the championship.

The Dutchman will feel he has to get the better of Leclerc at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix if he wants to stay in the mix, and he can be backed at 7/4 to take the checkered flag.

Remarkably, it’s George Russell who currently sits second in the season-long standings, but even a podium finish in Melbourne hasn’t convinced online bookmakers that he can build on that in Imola.

Russell is 9/2 for a podium finish, and a massive 28/1 with Bet365 to win the race.

The best price for a victory bet on Lewis Hamilton is 18/1

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And you can get the seven-times F1 World Champion at 9/4 to secure his second podium of the campaign.

Hamilton remains the third-favourite in the Drivers Championship market with odds of 10/1 – much shorter than 25/1 Carlos Sainz despite Ferrari having a significant pace advantage right now.

Sainz is the only other driver besides Leclerc to feature on the podium more than once in 2022, and the Spaniard is 8/11 to do so again on Sunday.

He hasn’t really come close to winning a race yet, though, so it’s no surprise that he’s at 8/1 to break his duck this time around.

The first of three sprint races of the season will take place in Imola, and the odds are pretty much in line with the race winner market, with Leclerc favoured ahead of Verstappen, then Sainz, then Sergio Perez.

Melbourne marked the first satisfactory weekend of the campaign so far for McLaren, whose cars came in fifth and sixth respectively with Lando Norris edging out Daniel Ricciardo.

Of course, the DNFs for Verstappen and Sainz helped, so you can still get 2/1 on Norris to end up in the top six this time, and Ricciardo is at 13/5.

Esteban Ocon’s form reads 7-6-7, so the consistent Frenchman could tempt a few punters with odds of 3/1 for a top six berth.

One of the stories of the Australian Grand Prix was Alexander Albon’s 10th place finish, and he can be backed at 7/1 to score points again in Italy. Good luck with your F1 Betting and remember to do so responsibly.