Provided by Bookiesbonuses.com – the #1 online betting comparison site. Charles Leclerc heads home for this weekend’s 2022 Monaco Grand Prix hoping to end the misfortune he has suffered on the streets he grew up on.
Leclerc will feel that he is due some good luck following his DNF at the Spanish Grand Prix, and if there is one place the Ferrari man would love to get back on track it would be Monaco – where fortune has evaded him in recent years.
After securing pole position convincingly, Leclerc’s engine failed on Lap 27 of the race, taking what was looking like a comfortable win away from him.
Max Verstappen swooped in to take the victory and the lead in the Drivers Championship, but it’s Leclerc – the man with the better overall pace in Barcelona – who the bookmakers fancy to wipe out the Dutchman’s lead in Monaco.
Most online betting sites have Leclerc at Evens, while the reigning world champion is priced at 5/4 to extend his six-point lead with his fifth triumph of the campaign.
With Verstappen now at 4/6 to retain the title, it would start to look ominous for Leclerc if the Dutchman was to best him on the Circuit de Monaco.
Leclerc has never even scored a point at the Monaco Grand Prix
Adding insult to injury, a couple of weekends ago he spun Niki Lauda’s historic Ferrari 312 into the unforgiving Monaco Armco bending the wing (above) on the great Austrian’s car, If that trend continues, we will undoubtedly see a big drift on his current price of 6/4 to win the championship.
Both champion and challenger are generally priced at 4/11 to take a spot on the podium, and it’s Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz, who finished second at the same race last season, who is favourite to take the other top three spot at 11/10.
While the Spaniard is clear of Sergio Perez, George Russell, and Lewis Hamilton in the podium market, there is nothing between the four of them in the race winner betting.
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Mercedes and their drivers Russell and Hamilton getting better with each race
There is plenty between them in the Drivers Championship market, though, as Russell finds himself at 16/1 – a shorter price than Hamilton (25/1), Perez (66/1), and Sainz (100/1).
Of course, Perez and Sainz appear to be playing second fiddle to Verstappen and Leclerc respectively, but it is noteworthy that Russell – who is 28 points better off than Hamilton – has been given such respect.
Even in 2021, when Mercedes were much quicker than this year, Hamilton could only manage 7th after qualifying in the same position, so it’s no surprise that with a slower car relative to their competitors, both he and Russell are as big as 9/4 apiece to end up in the top three.
Russell has been Mr Consistency this season, though, so some punters might be tempted to back the former Williams man to keep up his impressive form.
Now that Mercedes have found some extra pace, it’s a bigger ask for the likes of Valtteri Bottas and Lando Norris to disturb the top six, but you can get Bottas at 4/6 to do just that, or Norris is there at 11/10.