F1 2022 season betting preview: Hamilton tipped to reclaim title
Report provided by bookiesbonuses.com/us – the number 1 online betting comparator. Lewis Hamilton was harrowed to the finish line in agonizing and controversial fashion by Max Verstappen in the 2021 Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship, but online betting sites are making the Briton a clear favorite to correct that this year and win this which would be his eighth title.
There were doubts over the Mercedes driver’s return for a 16th season in the sport, but it was confirmed in February that he would indeed appear alongside George Russell for the upcoming campaign.
“I never said I was going to quit,” Hamilton said. “I love doing what I do. It was a difficult time for me, a time when I needed to take a step back. I had my family around me and I created great moments.
bet365 have rated Hamilton at 11/8 in the Drivers Championship market, and by claiming the Bet365 bonus you can place that bet with free bets.
Alternatively, you can back Verstappen at 11/4 in what could be an attractive proposition given how well he and team-mate Sergio Perez worked together last season to deliver the first Red Bull Drivers’ Championship since 2013.
Whether Russell will play the same role for Hamilton remains to be seen, but the 24-year-old is in the game at 11/2 to win the title.
Hamilton’s former team-mate Valtteri Bottas never really carried the same threat and was clearly a number two driver, especially towards the end of his tenure at Mercedes.
The fact that Russell has such a short price and Perez is as big as 66/1 tells you everything you need to know about the different team dynamics between Mercedes and Red Bull in 2022.
Red Bull took all the glory with Verstappen winning the F1 drivers’ title
But the energy drink team were unable to challenge Mercedes for the F1 Constructors’ Championship, and the odds suggest they will struggle to do so this year, with the Brackley-based team at the price of 4/6 to make nine on the bounce.
Red Bull (3/1) is actually closer to Ferrari (10/3) in this market than Mercedes, with the latter looking very fluid in testing in Barcelona.
There has been some momentum behind Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in the driver market, with Leclerc now at 6/1 having opened at 16/1, and Sainz’s price also less than half of what it was, having entered 12/1 from 33/1.
Lando Norris joins Sainz at 12/1, while fellow McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo is at 40/1.
McLaren are 12/1 to win the constructors’ championship, which is a significantly higher prize than Ferrari, which appears to have more momentum this season.
There are some interesting Driver-Constructor double bets available at Bet365, including Hamilton/Mercedes at 7/4, Verstappen/Red Bull at 11/2 and Verstappen/Mercedes at 11/2.
Hamilton starts as favorite for the curtain-raiser in Bahrain on March 18 at odds of 7/4, a touch shorter than the 11/4 offered to rival Verstappen.
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