Charles Leclerc The Betting Favorite To Win Qualifying Only At Canadian Grand Prix

Written By Nicole Russo on June 15, 2022 - Last Updated on June 17, 2022
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** Editor’s Note: Charles Leclerc may opt to use a new power unit ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, resulting in a 10-place grid penalty for the race.**

Formula One returns to the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve for the first time since 2019. This year’s Canadian Grand Prix won’t have any shortage of drama.

The fight for the championship seems to be getting away from Leclerc, but sportsbooks still favor him for one part of this weekend’s race.

A look at the latest Formula One odds shows Verstappen is the favorite to win again in Montreal.

2022 Canadian Grand Prix Odds

Max Verstappen
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-115
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-125
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-110
Charles Leclerc
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+330
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+300
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+250
Sergio Perez
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+285
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+350
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+350
Carlos Sainz
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+2000
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+1600
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+1400
George Russell
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+3000
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+2500
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+2500
Lewis Hamilton
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+3500
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+3200
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+3300
Lando Norris
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+10000
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+7500
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+6600
Pierre Gasly
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+13000
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+18000
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+15000
Fernando Alonso
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+15000
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+18000
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+10000
Valtteri Bottas
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+15000
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+11000
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+20000

Charles Leclerc Is The Betting Favorite…For Qualifying

Ferrari had a painful Sunday at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as both cars had to retire early. For Leclerc, it was the second time in three races he was leading and failed to finish due to a powertrain issue.

The DNF has since put a big dent in the driver’s title hopes. Max Verstappen is now 34 points ahead of Leclerc, who was leading the standings earlier on in the season.

While he might not be the favorite to win the race, online sportsbooks haven’t forgotten about his qualifying record this season. Leclerc has been in peak form on Saturdays.

He’s qualified on pole for six out of the eight races so far in 2022. He gives himself the absolute best chance to perform well on Sundays.

That’s why he’s the betting favorite to win qualifying once again this Saturday.

Ferrari is -165 to win qualifying at DraftKings and Leclerc is -135 to win qualifying at BetMGM Sportsbook. Max Verstappen sits behind him at +250.

Sportsbooks aren’t so keen on the car’s performance after Saturday, though.

How Important Is Starting On Pole Position?

Every driver pushes as hard as they can on Saturday to qualify for pole position. That driver gets to start the race at the front of the grid without any drivers in front of them.

It helps the driver get a clean start at the beginning of the race and potentially build a gap against competitors. That helps boost the driver’s chances of winning the race.

Race starts are usually a bottleneck as drivers fight to gain better positions, and oftentimes this ends up creating a wreck. The driver on pole has a better chance of getting away from this bottleneck and racing in clean air.

This helps the team focus more on race strategy and less on trying to overtake the cars out front.

Statistically, 40% of drivers that start on pole go on to win the race.

In previous weekends, Leclerc was on track to do just that– win the race. He suffered from some questionable team decisions in Monaco which kept him off of the podium and engine failures in Baku that resulted in a DNF.

He will be entering the Montreal Grand Prix desperate to finish well and climb the rankings for the Driver’s Championship.

If you think Ferrari has figured out its engine issues, there is some value in taking Leclerc at +330 to win the race at DraftKings Sportsbook, especially since he is the favorite to earn pole position once again.

Watch The Canadian Grand Prix

Date: Sunday, June 19

Time: 2:00 pm ET

Network: ESPN

Previous winner: Lewis Hamilton

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Nicole Russo is the Brand Content Strategist for TheLines.com. Previously, she covered the gambling industries in Tennessee and Indiana as a content editor for PlayTenn.com and PlayIndiana.com. She comes from the world of poker, leading the marketing efforts for online poker in Nevada and New Jersey with the WSOP. Russo also assisted with the marketing efforts for the Caesars Sportsbook launch in 2019.

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