2022 Formula One World Driver’s Championship Odds

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Liam Bewsher

2022 Formula One World Driver’s Championship Odds

Following a dramatic season that saw Red Bull’s Max Verstappen claim his first-ever World Driver’s Championship, in effect, halting Lewis Hamilton’s attempts at winning his eighth-world championship which would’ve been a record, we discuss and take a look at the odds for next season.

Max Verstappen Boosted Odds: 9/4

Red Bull’s Dutch driver won the title in dramatic and controversial circumstances on Sunday at Abu Dhabi, as race director Michael Masi brought out a late safety car following a late crash by Williams’ Nicolas Latifi, leaving plenty of debris and a stranded car out on track. This resulted in a safety car which must be stated, was in no way disingenuous, but, it was more the circumstances of allowing only a select few lapped cars pass the safety car, rather than all.

The Dutch driver took advantage of this by pitting onto the faster soft tyre compound, effectively giving him qualifying pace against Hamilton who was on a set of relatively worn hard tyres, of which the former Torro Rosso driver took full advantage of to claim his maiden title.

Over the course of the season, Verstappen deserved to win the title, the Dutchman set a new F1 record of 18 podiums without ever finishing in third-place, this could have and would’ve been more, had he not suffered a tyre blowout at Azerbaijan when comfortably leading the race, as well as suffering a controversial collision with Hamilton at Silverstone, which resulted in the Brit getting a minor penalty and winning the race, as well as in Hungary, where then Mercedes driver Bottas collided with Lando Norris and indirectly took out several cars, with the McLaren of Norris sliding into the side of Verstappen’s, giving the Red Bull significant damage.

A points tally of 395.5 certainly can’t be sniffed at or called luck, as this is the fourth-highest score since F1’s points system last switched from 10 to 25 for a victory and in all truth, the Dutchman could have very easily beaten Hamilton’s 2019 record of 413.

2022 F1 World Driver's Championship Tips

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MAX VERSTAPPEN TO WIN THE 2022 F1 WORLD DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP @ 9/4

Lewis Hamilton Odds: 11/10

Without a doubt, Hamilton will feel hard done by having pushed Verstappen all the way to the final lap of the World Championship and to have lost out in such bizarre circumstances. It has to be said, hats off to the 36-year-old Stevenage-born driver who was gracious in his post-race interview, but, deep inside he will be determined to beat Schumacher’s all-time record of seven.

The British driver’s pace was beyond blistering in the final few Grand Prix’s of the season at Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, ultimately driving three flawless races when push comes to shove, as viewers and the fans have been used to, as such of the high standards he has set since his debut season in 2007.

Hamilton had to extract everything he physically could from his car to keep pace with Red Bull’s lead driver and knows that at the age of 36, he may not have too many years left in the sport, so will be highly focussed and driven to win the eighth title which he will feel he should have.

Statistically, Hamilton is the best driver in the history of the sport and he will be confident that his team can deliver a car of similar standards to what Mercedes did in the Turbo-Hybrid era, where they won every single Constructor’s Championship.

2022 F1 World Driver's Championship Tips

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LEWIS HAMILTON TO WIN THE 2022 F1 WORLD DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP @ 11/10

George Russell Odds: 5/1

George Russell is perhaps the most intriguing name of the lot, having shown blistering pace at Williams, that saw the young Brit score 16 points when in reality, his car perhaps wasn’t capable of that.

The 23-year-old has replaced Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes, having plied his trade at Williams for two years, having a superior record against Latifi and against Robert Kubica in all but points.

In 2020, we perhaps saw a taste of what to expect, as Russell who is contracted to Mercedes replaced Hamilton for the Sakhir GP, due to the Stevenage-born driver having a virus and was comfortably quicker than Bottas in his first outing, before cruelly having his chances of winning the GP snatched away due to a pit stop that saw Merceded put Bottas’ tyres on his car, an illegal move, forcing the Brit to make another unnecessary pit stop.

Some see Russell as the future of F1 and in reality, this could be true if he continues on a similar trajectory and it is unlikely that he will want to play second fiddle to Hamilton now that he has an opportunity to get some race wins under his belt.

2022 F1 World Driver's Championship Tips

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GEORGE RUSSELL TO WIN THE 2022 F1 WORLD DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP @ 5/1

Charles LeClerc Odds: 16/1

Ferrari driver Charles LeClerc is priced at 16/1 to win the title having shown his capabilities once again this season.

The 24-year-old Monegasque driver finished on 159 points, including a second-place finish at the British GP, when in reality, LeClerc’s car had no right to be up there challenging Hamilton for the race win, showing just how good the former Alfa Romeo driver is.

In the 2019 season, when Ferrari had a significantly better car, LeClerc showed that he can go toe to toe with the big names, such as when he famously won the Italian GP ahead of Hamilton, as well as also earning his first-ever victory in F1 at Belgium that same year.

It will certainly be interesting to see how Ferrari get on in the forthcoming season, as LeClerc could ultimately prove to be a dark horse if they significantly improve.

2022 F1 World Driver's Championship Tips

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CHARLES LECLERC TO WIN THE 2022 F1 WORLD DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP @ 16/1

Lando Norris Odds: 25/1

Lando Norris is the final driver that we are including in this list, as the 22-year-old Bristol-born driver was sensational throughout the 2021 campaign.

Norris scored 160 points, with the majority coming in the first half of the season, mainly due to some misfortune in the second half, as well as McLaren’s lack of development, as they ended up surrendering third in the Constructor’s Championship to Ferrari

Highlights of last season were finishing second in Monza, as McLaren scored an unlikely one-two finish, their first since 2012 seemingly ending what had been a barren spell that they had suffered in the Turbo-Hybrid era.

Norris has shown his capability throughout the season and certainly has the potential to be a future world champion of he carries on with his current trajectory, having shown some very mature performances throughout the season.

2022 F1 World Driver's Championship Tips

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LANDO NORRIS TO WIN THE 2022 F1 WORLD DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP @ 25/1

Other World Driver's Championship Odds

Carlos Sainz - 20/1

Sergio Perez - 33/1

Daniel Ricciardo 40/1

Fernando Alonso - 40/1

Sebastien Vettel - 100/1

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