2022 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix Picks

  • Red Bull’s Max Verstappen (+125) is a slight favorite over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc (+160) to win at Albert Park
  • Formula 1 is returning to the 5.279-kilometre Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic
  • The 2022 Australian Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, April 10

Defending Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen rebounded from a disappointing DNF in the Bahrain season opener to earn his 21st GP victory at an exciting, back-and-forth Saudi Arabian Grand Prix where he overtook Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc with just three laps remaining.

Heading into the third F1 race of the year in Melbourne, let’s look at the odds for all the drivers in the 2022 Australian Grand Prix Betting. Here’s also where you can find the top betting sites for Formula 1 in 2022.

Australian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen+125
Charles Leclerc+160
Carlos Sainz+800
Sergio Perez+1400
Lewis Hamilton+1800
George Russell+2500
Esteban Ocon+10000
Fernando Alonso+10000
Kevin Magnussen+10000
Pierre Gasly+10000
Valtteri Bottas+10000
Lando Norris+15000
Mick Schumacher+15000
Daniel Ricciardo+25000
Yuki Tsunoda+25000
Guanyu Zhou+50000
Lance Stroll+100000
Sebastian Vettel+100000
Alex Albon+200000
Nicholas Latifi+200000

Max Verstappen back on top

Max Verstappen (+125) and Charles Leclerc (+160) are developing quite the rivalry early in the F1 season. After the Ferrari driver grabbed the checkered flag in Bahrain, F1’s reigning world champion pulled past Leclerc on lap 47 on the Jeddah circuit to finish atop the podium.

Verstappen complained about his handsome rival’s tactics while in the pits and under yellow caution conditions at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Ferrari also pulled a fast one, fooling Red Bull driver Sergio Perez (+1400) into pitting before them. This helped the Scuderia’s Carlos Sainz (+800) sneak into third place, and the double podium vaulted Ferrari into the constructors’ championship lead with a 40-point gap over Mercedes.

However, Leclerc seemed to enjoy his head-to-head duel with Verstappen, saying, “It wasn’t enough today but oh my god, I really enjoyed the race.”

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Mercedes’ struggles are real

Lewis Hamilton (+1800) is struggling both personally and professionally. The seven-time world champion opened up about his poor mental health on Instagram last week, and Mercedes has been a step slow all year after battling with F1’s new regulations.

The Silver Arrows are reportedly revamping the rear-wing design of its W13 car to deal with “porpoising” issues, but it’s anyone’s guess if the changes will help Hamilton and teammate George Russell (+2500) close the gap with Ferrrari and Red Bull.

Upgrades coming for Red Bull

As Mercedes tries to play catch up, Red Bull might be pulling even further ahead. The team’s advisor Helmut Marko said last week that Verstappen’s car will soon receive new upgrades that will reduce the weight of his car and give him a significant time advantage over the competition.

In other news, Sebastian Vettel (+100000) is set to make his season debut Down Under after the four-time world champion missed the first two events of the year while recovering from Covid-19, but as his long odds suggest, his Aston Martin car won’t be in the running. 

Best Bet

The Formula 1 season is no doubt shaping into a two-horse race between Verstappen and Leclerc, but the latter’s teammate, Carlos Sainz (+800), already has two podium finishes to his name. We like the young Spaniard’s odds of scoring an upset victory on the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit next weekend.

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