Miami Gets Ready To Make Its Debut On Formula 1 Schedule

Written By Nicole Russo on May 3, 2022 - Last Updated on May 5, 2022
Miami Grand Prix odds

After years of negotiations and prep work, F1 has finally made its way to Florida for the Miami Grand Prix. It will become the 11th US venue to host F1, and it is going to be a fast one. Let’s preview the Miami Grand Prix and take a look at the odds.

Unsurprisingly, Max Verstappen tops the latest Formula 1 betting odds to win the very first race on this track.

Miami Grand Prix Odds

Max Verstappen
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+100
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-105
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+110
Charles Leclerc
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+120
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+115
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+140
Sergio Perez
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+1200
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+1200
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+800
Carlos Sainz Jr.
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+1600
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+1200
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+1200
Lewis Hamilton
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+4000
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+5000
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+3300
Lando Norris
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+4000
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+4200
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+3300
George Russell
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+6500
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+5000
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+4000
Valtteri Bottas
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+10000
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+12000
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+8000
Daniel Ricciardo
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+10000
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+7500
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+8000
Fernando Alonso
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+13000
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+14000
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+8000

Expect A Lot Of Speed In Miami

This weekend’s race will be held at the Miami International Autodrome, a recently-completed venue. The circuit will feature both new and old patches of asphalt, and teams are working with very limited data about the track.

Drivers will really get to know all of the twists, turns, and bumps during practice on Friday. New asphalt usually means less grip, so a few spin-outs during practice wouldn’t be too surprising.

Based on the track’s layout, prepare for it to play very, very fast. The circuit has a handful of long corners after Turn 1 that loop around to a large straight. Expect a lot of overtaking into Turn 11,  which leads to a more jumbled section of turns and corners.

The straightaway between Turns 16 and 17 provides drivers another great opportunity to overtake.

So far this season, Red Bull has had a slight advantage when it comes to speed on the straights. How will other teams fare?

Why Do Oddsmakers Still Favor Hamilton?

One of the pervasive storylines this season has been Mercedes’ struggles. Porpoising issues have plagued the car since the first race in Bahrain.

While there’s no doubt this car isn’t a championship winner in its current iteration, there’s a lot of inconsistency between what George Russell and Lewis Hamilton can do with it.

George Russell currently sits fourth in the F1 championship after securing top-five finishes in the first four races of the season. That puts him 21 points and three places ahead of teammate Hamilton.

You can never rule out a seven-time world champion. But, Hamilton’s performance on the track this season has been lackluster. Mercedes seems to apologize after every race for their top-billed driver not having the car he deserves.

Russell has performed consistently all season. Why do Miami Grand Prix odds not reflect that?

Perception plays a big role. Hamilton remains the biggest name in the sport, and most people expect a comeback at some point this season, including me.

But until Mercedes can get its porpoising under control and upgrade its car, bettors can find value in taking a look at Russell over Hamilton in head-to-head matchups as well as top-six finishing odds.

I am taking Russell -105 against Hamilton at BetMGM Sportsbook this week.

With Mercedes hoping to bring improvements to the car this weekend in Miami, we may see whether Mercedes’ issues lie with the car or driver.

“We are not expecting to solve this overnight,” said Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin. “But if we can get a clue that we are going in the right direction, that we really got to the bottom of what is going on, then we will be quite pleased that we are just moving on the right path.”

Miami Grand Prix Dates, Time, TV Schedule

  • Date: Sunday, May 8
  • Time: 12:30 p.m. PST/3:30 p.m. EST
  • Network: ESPN
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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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