- Max Verstappen (+125) and Charles Leclerc (+150) are favorites to take the checkered flag in France
- Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton will race in his 300th career Grand Prix on Sunday, July 24
- The French GP takes place over 53 laps on the 3.63-mile Paul Ricard Circuit in Le Castellet
Ferrari won its second-consecutive race at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday, inching closer to Red Bull in the 2022 Formula 1 Constructors World Championship chase. But with a second-place finish at Red Bull Ring, Max Verstappen still has a commanding 34-point lead on Charles Leclerc in the drivers’ standings heading into the French Grand Prix on July 24.
With still over a week to go before round 12 of the F1 season, let’s check the latest odds on the race in the French Riviera. Here’s also where you can find the top betting sites for Formula 1 in 2022.
2022 French Grand Prix
Trust in Leclerc?
Charles Leclerc (+150) is once again being priced as an equal of Max Verstappen (+125) after the Monegasque driver took the checkered flag in Austria. The question is if we can trust an inconsistent Ferrari team to maintain its momentum at next Sunday’s French GP.
Before capturing his fifth-career victory at Red Bull Ring, Leclerc had failed to reach the podium in five straight races. His teammate Carlos Sainz (+1400) is also running hot and cold with four DNFs and seven top-four finishes in 11 events this season.
Enjoyed it out there today! 🤩
It was quite a challenging day for us on track 😬 knowing that, P2 is still a good result here on a difficult day, so we’ll take it @redbullracing pic.twitter.com/kDBXdM4fCp
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) July 10, 2022
Verstappen in cruise control?
Verstappen had claimed six of the year’s first nine races before a punctured tire dropped him to P7 at the British Grand Prix. The Dutchman then battled tire degradation in Spielberg, getting passed by his Scuderia rival on three separate occasions en route to a second-place finish. The 24-year-old, however, still maintains a monstrous 34-point edge in the drivers’ standings and is the reigning champion at Circuit Paul Ricard.
The French GP in Le Castellet
The 2022 edition could be the last race in France for quite some time with reports surfacing that 2023’s F1 schedule will exclude both the Belgian and French GPs in favor of a South African event. Paul Ricard Circuit has popped in and out of the Formula One calendar over the past half-century, last disappearing in 2007 and not returning until 2018.
One of the most used test circuits in the world, the 53-lap, 3.63-mile track is known for its even mix of high-, medium- and low-speed corners. There’s also plenty of room for overtaking, with drivers particularly enjoying a 180mph right-hander at Signes and the 5g joyride of the Beausset bend.
The Circuit Paul Ricard hosted the French GP for the final time, until it returned to the F1 calendar in 2018. The race moved to the Magny-Cours Circuit for 1991.
8th July 1990. #F1 🇫🇷 🏁 pic.twitter.com/ZnhOS8yLP2
— F1 in the 1990s 🚦🏎🏁🏆🍾 (@1990sF1) July 8, 2022
Lewis Hamilton (+1200) has three podiums in a row after a third-place finish at Red Bull Ring. The French Grand Prix will mark the 300th career GP for the seven-time world champion, who claimed consecutive victories in Le Castellet in 2018 and 2019.
Also, don’t forget about his Mercedes teammate George Russell (+1800). The Brit rebounded from a DNF in his home country to finish fourth in Austria – his 10th top-five finish in 11 races this season.
Sergio Perez (+1200) was forced to retire in Spielberg for the second time in the past five races. But, the Mexican driver has also placed top-two in the other three events over that time, including his triumph in Monaco.
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