- Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc (+125) is the favorite to win as Imola hosts the season’s first sprint race weekend
- Red Bull’s Max Verstappen (+165) was victorious in Italy in 2021 but has suffered two DNFs in three races this year
- The Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, April 24
Charles Leclerc not only captured his second victory of the season and fourth of his career at the 2022 Australian Grand Prix (betting picks). He became the first Ferrari driver since Fernando Alonso in Singapore in 2010 to complete a racing “grand slam,” winning pole position, posting the fastest time and leading every lap.
With reigning world champion Max Verstappen and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton seemingly stuck in reverse, will the 24-year-old cruise to another victory at the 2022 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix?
Heading into the fourth Formula 1 race of the year in Italy, let’s look at the odds for all the drivers. Here’s also where you can find the top betting sites for Formula 1 in 2022.
Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix
Ferrari in front of the pack
Charles Leclerc (+125) rode to a decisive 20.524-second victory at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit. With a 39-point lead in the constructor standings, Ferrari is choosing not to make any significant car upgrades before April 24. The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is the year’s first sprint race and that means a lack of practice sessions, so the Scuderia will stand pat.
Red Bull is taking the opposite tact after Max Verstappen (+165) was forced to retire with mechanical issues in both Bahrain and Australia. The team’s advisor Helmut Marko recently said the RB18 is dealing with “two or three” different issues, including being 10 kilograms heavier than Ferrari.
— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) April 10, 2022
Marko says the car upgrades will be ready for the classic Italian circuit Imola on April 24. This should be music to the ears of Verstappen, who sits 46 points back of Leclerc in the drivers’ standings.
“I don’t even want to think about the championship at the moment” said the Red Bull driver after the Australian GP. “I think it is more important just to finish races, because today was, in general, just a bad day again. It is pretty frustrating and unacceptable.”
Other contenders at Imola
Carlos Sainz (+800) had a poor showing Down Under, not making it past lap two, but he finished on the podium in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The Spaniard can’t be counted out with Ferrari seemingly miles ahead of their competition.
Sergio Perez (+1200) is actually in front of his Red Bull teammate in the drivers’ standings despite retiring in the season opener and suffering some awful luck with the Safety Car in both Saudi Arabia and Australia.
— Mirror Sport (@MirrorSport) April 12, 2022
Lewis Hamilton (+1600) is also behind his teammate in the drivers standings after George Russell (+2000) claimed his first podium finish of the year in Australia. While Mercedes currently sits second in the constructor standings, the Silver Arrows haven’t once looked competitive in three races this season.
The sprint-race format is sure to make it difficult for Red Bull to get their cars up to speed. Therefore, we’ll hedge our bets on Charles Leclerc (+125) and Carlos Sainz (+800) and hope the Scuderia sail to another victory.
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