Formula 1 Sportsbooks View Verstappen as Championship Favorite After Monaco GP

| May 31, 2022 1:15 am PDT

  • Max Verstappen is the bookies’ favorite to win the 2022 F1 World Drivers’ Championship.
  • Verstappen finished third at the Monaco GP, with Sergio Perez taking the chequered flag.
  • Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is viewed as Verstappen’s only genuine title rival.

Despite finishing third at last weekend’s rain-affected Monaco Grand Prix, Max Verstappen remains the bookmakers’ favorite to win the 2022 World Drivers’ Championship.

With seven of the 22 races in the books, the defending F1 champion finds himself nine points clear of Charles Leclerc atop the standings. Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate, Sergio Perez, sits third.

We are now a third of the way through the season, so it feels like a good time to take stock and assess the latest Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship odds. Let’s get this show on the road!

Latest 2022 F1 World Drivers’ Championship Odds

Max Verstappen1.72
Charles Leclerc2.50
George Russell17.00
Lewis Hamilton26.00
Sergio Perez26.00
Carlos Sainz51.00

Having won four of the seven races this year, Verstappen (1.72) is in pole position to defend his title. However, Leclerc (2.50) remains hot on his heels after securing four top-two finishes in 2022.

George Russell (17.00) is the bookies’ third favorite following another top-five finish in Monaco. Russell’s Mercedes teammate, Lewis Hamilton (26.00), has the same price as Perez (26.00).

Carlos Sainz (51.00) completes the six-man group of frontrunners, having snatched P2 last weekend. The other 14 drivers are priced between 501.00 and 5001.00 at Betway, highlighting the dominance of Red Bull, Ferrari, and Mercedes.

What Happened in Monaco?

The Monaco Grand Prix was delayed for an hour due to a heavy downpour of rain. As a result, the race turned into a strategic battle as the drivers and teams aimed to outfox one another in the wet conditions.

Leclerc started on pole but ended up finishing fourth after Ferrari’s strategy backfired. Crucially, Verstappen rose from fourth to third during the chaotic race to keep himself ahead of his title rival.

Sainz started and finished in second place, outperforming Leclerc in the other Ferrari. This allowed Perez to climb from third to first and clinch only his third F1 race win – and his fourth top-two finish in five outings.

Russell finish fifth after swapping places with Lando Norris, who ended the race in sixth place. Elsewhere, Fernando Alonso finished ahead of a frustrated Hamilton, who started and finished in eighth.

Current World Drivers’ Championship Standings

After winning two of the first three races, Leclerc opened up a healthy lead atop the standings. However, the Ferrari man failed to win any of the next four races – opening the door for Verstappen.

The reigning champ finds himself nine points ahead over Leclerc, despite recording two DNFs across the opening three races. Verstappen secured three victories in four races before finishing third in Monaco.


  • Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 125
  • Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – 116
  • Sergio Perez (Red Bull) – 110
  • George Russell (Mercedes) – 84
  • Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – 83
  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 50

Perez is the only other driver with 100+ points to his name, having collected 25 last time out. The Mexican notched P2 finishes in Australia, Italy, and Spain before taking his first chequered flag of the season in Monaco.

Last weekend, Hamilton finished outside the top five for the fourth time in 2022. He may be one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time, but he is struggling to compete this year.

Can Anyone Stop Verstappen?

According to the odds at the best Formula 1 betting sites, Leclerc is Verstappen’s biggest threat. However, the Ferrari driver has failed to mount pressure on his title rival in recent races.

The Monegasque was visibly angry with both his individual performance and his team’s strategy throughout his home Grand Prix. I guess that’s only natural when you drop from pole to P4.

At this moment in time,
Verstappen is well placed to defend his crown. But keep an eye out for Perez and Russell. Perez achieved three P2 finishes in four races before triumphing in Monaco, while Russell has yet to finish outside the top five.

We are only a third of the way through the 2022 Formula 1 season. With almost six months of the campaign remaining, be sure to check out the schedule and find the best races to bet on.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

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