Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Odds: Leclerc Races To Top After Bahrain

Written By Nicole Russo on March 22, 2022
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

After going 45 races without a victory, Ferrari took back the top spot on the podium at the Bahrain GP. Charles Leclerc showed fight and determination in the first race of the season and is now the favorite at legal online sportsbooks heading into the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

With Red Bull experiencing engine issues and Mercedes still dealing with porpoising, Ferrari could be headed toward a second-straight podium finish.

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Odds

Charles Leclerc
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+125
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+130
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+140
Max Verstappen
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+155
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+150
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+140
Carlos Sainz Jr.
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+650
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+850
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+700
Lewis Hamilton
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+1000
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+1000
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+1000
Sergio Perez
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+1600
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+1800
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+1400
George Russell
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+2800
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+2800
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+2200
Kevin Magnussen
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+8000
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+11000
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+10000
Fernando Alonso
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+13000
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+1100
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+10000
Valtteri Bottas
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+13000
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+11000
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+10000
Lando Norris
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+15000
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+18000
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+15000

Key Takeaways From Bahrain GP

The first race of the season did not disappoint. From battles on the track to engine failures and a fire, there was a lot to take in. Here are a few key takeaways from last weekend’s Bahrain GP and how what happened on the track is impacting F1 betting odds.

Consistency Is Key For Ferrari

Ferrari looked good during testing, but it’s hard to tell how testing will translate during race day. Consistency wasn’t an issue for this team. Leclerc secured pole position for the second time in his career heading into the first race of the season.

He also showed grit on the track, battling for the lead with Max Verstappen and winning the fight. After that battle, nobody really challenged his lead through the checkered flag.

There is a lot of the season left, but Ferrari couldn’t ask for a better start.

And Leclerc wasn’t the team’s only success story of the day. Carlos Sainz took second, giving Ferrari a total of 44 points toward the Constructor’s Championship.

Sainz commented that this was one of his most difficult races despite his impressive finish. He didn’t feel the car had the same speed as in qualifying and looks to fix those issues heading into Saudi Arabia.

After Bahrain, Charles Leclerc is now the favorite to win the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and has moved from +800 to +185 to win the championship. He now sits just behind Max Verstappen in those odds.

Red Bull…Box, Box

Red Bull were the betting favorites heading into the Bahrain GP. Max Verstappen secured the fastest lap during the last day of testing in Bahrain, but he couldn’t overcome his car’s mechanical issues late in the race.

And the issues didn’t stop with just him.

Leclerc won the battle over Verstappen for first, but late in the race, things were on track for a second-place finish for Verstappen and a fourth-place finish for Perez. But things don’t always go as planned.

Verstappen was forced to retire in the final few laps after his car lost power due to a fuel system issue. Sergio Perez spun out in the final lap, due to the same fuel issue that plagued his teammate.

Without knowing whether or not Red Bull has gotten a handle on these mechanical issues, Verstappen sits behind Leclerc in the odds for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

However, he is still the slight favorite to win the championship, since he and the car both looked good until late in the race.

Mercedes Got Lucky

Don’t let Merecedes’ P3 and P4 finishes fool you, there was some luck on their side for those results.

The car doesn’t look great at the moment. Hamilton and Russell continued to struggle with major porpoising issues throughout the race. However, we knew this was going to be an issue based on what we saw at testing.

However, both Mercedes drivers were able to get their cars into position to really benefit from Red Bull’s late retirements.

Verstappen now has some work to do to catch up to Lewis in the points, but sportsbooks aren’t moving the odds too much just yet.

Hamilton’s championship odds have fallen from +135 to +250, with Verstappen at +175.

What Happened To McLaren?

After Lando Norris experienced breaking and overheating issues in testing and Ricciardo sat on the sidelines due to a positive COVID-19 test, nobody expected a pole-position finish for McLaren.

But what we saw on the track was what we expected from Haas in 2021. The cars looked slow and the drivers seemed frustrated. Norris and Ricciardo finished in P14 and P15, with no signs of things getting better by next weekend.

Both drivers’ odds have plummeted for the championship compared to their pre-season odds.

2022 F1 Championship Futures

Charles Leclerc
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+165
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+180
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+185
Max Verstappen
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+185
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+195
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+175
Lewis Hamilton
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+275
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+270
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+250
Carlos Sainz Jr.
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+750
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+750
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+700
George Russell
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+1600
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+1800
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+2000
Sergio Perez
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+8000
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+5000
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+5000
Lando Norris
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+13000
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+10000
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+50000
Fernando Alonso
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+13000
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+10000
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+25000
Kevin Magnusse
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+15000
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+12000
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N/A
Daniel Ricciardo
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+20000
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+10000
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+75000
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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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