Provided by Bookiesbonuses.com – the #1 online betting comparison site. The opportunity to wrap up the Formula 1 Drivers Championship passed Max Verstappen by last week after a tough race in Singapore… and it was a long shot anyway.
With five races remaining, heading to Suzuka in Japan for the first time since 2019, due to Covid-19, and this time it’s in his own hands as a victory along with a fastest lap would see the Dutchman take the title for the second consecutive year. More realistic than last Sunday at Marina Bay Circuit.
SkyBet have priced Verstappen at 13/8 to take the chequered flag and the fastest lap, but if Charles Leclerc finishes lower then second, then the fastest lap won’t be necessary.
It had been a difficult week in Singapore for Red Bull after being accused of breaching the spending cap in 2021, but Sergio Perez’s triumph at the Marina Bay Street Circuit soon cheered them up as the Mexican defied odds of 16/1 for his second success of the campaign.
With good reason Max is favourite to win his 12th race of the season on Sunday
Verstappen is generally priced at 4/7 to win the Japanese Grand Prix, and nobody could begrudge him the championship if he was to confirm his status as the number one driver in the sport currently by taking the season-long trophy home with him.
His biggest threat comes, as usual, in the form of Leclerc, who the bookies have priced at 3/1. The 24-year-old was unable to convert his pole position into a win on Sunday, but he was right on Perez’s tail throughout.
Some betting sites have Perez as the third-favourite, while plenty have Lewis Hamilton directly behind Leclerc on the F1 betting board. Both of them can be found anywhere between 8/1 and 12/1, but William Hill have the standout price on Perez at 14/1.
George Russell and Carlos Sainz are at a best price of 20/1 apiece, and you may find even better odds on certain markets involving the top six drivers if you browse through the best F1 betting promotions in the UK.
Race Winner Odds (Betfred)
- Max Verstappen – 4/7
- Charles Leclerc – 3/1
- Sergio Perez – 10/1
- Lewis Hamilton – 12/1
- Carlos Sainz – 16/1
- George Russell – 20/1
Verstappen and Leclerc are both odds on in the podium market at 2/7 and 4/11 respectively, and then there is literally nothing between Hamilton, Perez and Sainz, with some bookmakers pricing all three at 11/10.
George Russell is the odd one out when it comes to F1 betting on the top six drivers, as he is priced at a comparatively big 2/1 for a top three berth.
Lando Norris, who had been knocking on the door of the top six for months finally managed it in Singapore, having failed to do so from Silverstone until then.
The McLaren man is odds-on with some firms to repeat that achievement, and Coral have the best price at Evens. They have Fernando Alonso at 5/4, Esteban Ocon at 11/4, and Daniel Ricciardo at 4/1. Please F1 betting must be done responsibly.
But really, after the Singapore shenanigans, no surprise to see Max bounce back and seal the deal at the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend.
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