F1 Odds: Lewis Hamilton Australian Grand Prix Streak May Be Over

Written By Nicole Russo on March 29, 2022 - Last Updated on April 6, 2022
Formula 1 Betting

Lewis Hamilton has been on the podium at Albert Park since 2015, but with Mercedes’ recent Formula 1 struggles, that streak may come to an end in 2022.

After a bad qualifying session in Saudi Arabia and a disappointing race finish, the latest Formula One betting odds suggest sportsbooks don’t think Mercedes can solve its problems in time for Australia.

2022 Australian Grand Prix Odds

The race will be held Sunday, April 10 at 1 a.m. ET/Saturday, April 9 at 10 p.m. PT. ESPN has F1 television rights in the United States.

Game
(Eastern Time)
(EST)
Max Verstappen
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+125
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+130
Charles Leclerc
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+145
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+150
Carlos Sainz Jr.
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+850
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+700
Sergio Perez
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+1400
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+1200
Lewis Hamilton
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+1400
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+1200
George Russell
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+2500
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+2500
Valtteri Bottas
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+10000
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+8000
Fernando Alonso
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+10000
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+8000
Pierre Gasly
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+10000
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+10000
Kevin Magnussen
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+10000
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+10000

What Is Going On With The Mercedes Engine?

Lewis Hamilton commenting that Mercedes can’t match the pace and power of Haas seems like a joke, but that’s the team’s reality so far this season.

It was clear in Bahrain that Mercedes was struggling to keep pace with Red Bull and Ferrari. But Hamilton qualifying P16 in Saudi Arabia was a shock.

Although Hamilton was able to battle for points in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, a P10 finish wasn’t exactly what the driver was hoping for.

The lack of pace is affecting all four teams that run on a Mercedes engine. McLaren, Aston Martin, and Williams have all struggled so far in the first two races.

George Russell was the only driver in a car powered by a Mercedes engine to advance to Q3 on Saturday.

Mercedes can make improvements to the engine through September, but after that, F1’s power train freeze is in effect. This freeze essentially stops further major engine development through 2025.

Sportsbooks don’t seem to think the team will have a solution in two weeks before the third race of the season begins.

Verstappen Exercises Patience To Take Late Lead In Saudi Arabia

Just like in Bahrain, Verstappen and Leclerc battled it out for the lead in Saudi Arabia. The Red Bull driver was in second place for the majority of the race, picking his spots carefully for when to overtake Leclerc.

It was a huge moment for the reigning world champ, who didn’t finish last week’s race due to engine issues.

The final pass was a lesson in patience for the young Red Bull driver. Verstappen’s initial attempt to pass Leclerc backfired when it gave the Ferrari driver DRS along the main straight, allowing him to take back the lead almost immediately after the pass.

Verstappen learned his lesson quickly, though. He kept things close with Leclerc before making a final passing attempt with four laps to go.

Leclerc was dealing with rear tire issues and Verstappen capitalized on it, passing him and making the pass stick through the checkered flag.

Horner credited Max’s patience for the win, telling Sky Sports,

‘That DRS is so powerful down the straight that you can see neither driver wanted to get it. They actually braked and accelerated back towards the corner, so what a great race! It was an exciting last few laps but, thankfully, we just had enough to bring it home.”

It’s unlikely this battle will go away anytime soon. Red Bull is posting top straight-line speeds while Ferrari is making adjustments to reduce downforce.

The Melbourne track is considered medium-high in terms of aero downforce affecting tire wear and breaking. The track has nine hard-breaking points, which would normally give Ferrari a slight advantage here. However, the addition of a fourth DRS zone and the new track layout with fewer turns seems to have switched the advantage to Red Bull’s favor.

Formula 1 Driver’s Championship Odds

Game
(Eastern Time)
(EST)
Max Verstappen
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-5000
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-3000
Charles Leclerc
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+1600
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+1200
Lewis Hamilton
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+6500
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+8000
George Russell
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+8000
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+10000
Carlos Sainz Jr.
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+10000
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+10000
Sergio Perez
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+20000
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+25000
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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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