F1 Odds: Can Charles Leclerc Break His Monaco Grand Prix Curse?

Written By Nicole Russo on May 27, 2022
Monaco Grand Prix betting

Charles Leclerc put on a show for his hometown fans at the Monaco Grand Prix, setting the fastest lap times in both FP1 and FP2.The latest season-long championship F1 odds predict Leclerc can win it all. He has the pace, but can he finally break his Monaco curse? Monaco Grand Prix odds have the star driver favored over the entire field.

2022 Monaco Grand Prix Odds

Charles Leclerc
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-150
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-125
Max Verstappen
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+270
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+250
Carlos Sainz Jr.
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+550
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+500
Sergio Perez
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+1600
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+1400
George Russell
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+2200
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+2000
Lewis Hamilton
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+2800
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+2500
Lando Norris
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+5000
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+5000
Valtteri Bottas
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+18000
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+15000
Fernando Alonso
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+20000
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+15000
Daniel Ricciardo
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+20000
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+25000

The Monaco Grand Prix Curse

Charles Leclerc has raced in the Monaco Grand Prix three times during his Formula 1 career. He has yet to finish any of those races.

Monaco is one of the most historic tracks on the F1 calendar. It is a circuit every driver dreams of winning, but for Leclerc, it is even more special because he grew up there.

Unfortunately, the track has brought nothing but heartbreak for the hometown driver. He failed to finish his three races in Monaco as an F1 driver and also had to retire early in his one race there as an F2 driver.

2017- F2 DNF

In 2017, Leclerc qualified on pole for his F2 race in Monaco. He maintained the lead for a good chunk of the race but safety cars and suspension issues ended his race early.

He led the race when an early safety car allowed the rest of the field to bunch up behind him. Leclerc was able to show pace and retain the lead when another safety car was deployed. Its release caused Leclerc to lose time and sit in P4.

Shortly after, Leclerc was called into the pits early due to severe tire vibrations. The team found suspension damage that forced him to retire early.

2018-2021 F1 DNF and DNS

He made his Monaco debut for F1 in 2018 where he qualified 14th. With just eight laps to go, his breaks failed and he crashed into the back of Brendon Hartley’s Toro Rosso. Both cars had to retire.

Leclerc made his home debut as a Ferrari driver in 2019, but it was a bad weekend overall for Ferrari. The team decided to not have Leclerc take a late qualifying lap in Q1, causing him to miss Q2 and start P16 for the race. Leclerc knew he would need to be very aggressive to try and make up positions, but ended up hitting the wall in lap 11 of the race trying to pass Nico Hulkenberg.

There was no Monaco GP in 202o due to the pandemic, so there was even more pressure for Leclerc to perform well in 2021.

Leclerc was fast in Q3 but ended up hitting the wall late in qualifying. Luckily, Ferrari found no damage and he was cleared to race. However, as he made his way to the grid, a driveshaft issue emerged, preventing him from participating in the race.

Leclerc Leads Rest of the Field After FP1 and FP2

For the most part, it looks as though the past isn’t affecting Charles so far this weekend. The first practice session was quick and sunny, and Leclerc led the way, setting a 1:14.531 lap time on the medium compound tires.

He also set the fastest lap time in FP2, with teammate Carlos Sainz behind him and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez rounding out the top three.

Overall, this track should favor Ferrari. It is more technical than some of the other tracks on the schedule, and it is notoriously difficult to pass here. There are not a lot of long, wide straights for Red Bull to dominate with DRS and straight speed.

The key here will be Ferrari’s reliability. Leclerc had a phenomenal performance during the Spanish Grand Prix until engine failure caused him to retire early after having built a massive lead.

For the first time this season, Leclerc is no longer the leader in the Driver’s Championship, so winning this race is extremely important.

Winning a hometown race and breaking the Monaco curse is even more pressing.

The forecast does call for rain on Sunday, which will make things a lot more interesting. Rain is the great equalizer in Formula 1.

Overall, it looks like this is the year for Charles in Monaco.

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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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