2022 F1 Heineken Australian GP Odds and Predictions

2022 F1 Heineken Australian GP Odds and Predictions

The Formula 1 season resumes this Sunday after a one-week break. We’ve had two races in the 2022 campaign. TheSportsGeek has the latest and best Heineken Australian GP odds for the big race in Melbourne for Round 3.

Round 1 was filled with a small surprise, as Ferrari opened the season with their first win since 2019. It wasn’t a surprise after what we saw from Ferrari in testing in Bahrain. They were fast, and only Red Bull was competitive with them.

Charles Leclerc beat the odds to win, while his teammate, Carlos Sainz Jr., finished P2 for Ferrari domination in Round 1. Their success in testing was no mistake. Leclerc was as fast as advertised, and he carried on at Jeddah Corniche Circuit in Saudi Arabia.

WHAT. A. RACE.
Max Verstappen and Red Bull played that race too well for Leclerc at Jeddah. It was a duel between Verstappen and Leclerc from Lap 42 onward. They traded the lead and played chess, with Verstappen taking over for good on Lap 47. Verstappen was patient this time and ran a beautiful race in the final laps.

The Heineken Australian GP odds at Bovada have Leclerc as the betting favourite. It’s a slight nod over Verstappen at +135 as opposed to +150. The Heiniken Australian GP betting odds are pretty well equal to the pre-race odds at Jeddah.

HAMILTON NOT THE SAME SINCE NIGHTMARE IN ABU DHABI
Lewis Hamilton’s Heineken Australian GP betting odds for Sunday are the one exception. His odds have crashed down to +2000. Hamilton is accustomed to driving a rocket, but he hasn’t been able to do much with this ride so far in 2022. Mercedes may figure it out, but it could be too late this season by then.

Albert Park Circuit is 5.278 km with 14 corners in Melbourne. This track has been repaved for the first time since debuting in 1995. There has been a widening of corners and chicane removed from the 2019 track layout. It should be a good one for the 2022 Australian Grand Prix.

Heineken Australian GP 2019 Recap

A quick look back at the happenings of the Australian Grand Prix in 2019. There was not a 2021 or 2020 race because of Covid-19. F1 is back for the first time in three years this weekend.

Valterri Bottas came up big for Mercedes in the 2019 Australian GP. He and Lewis Hamilton finished P1 and P2 on the podium, while Max Verstappen made the podium in P3.

Bottas’ win ended a two-year win streak for Ferrari at Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne. Sebastien Vettel won back-to-back races for Ferrari in 2017 and 2019.

Mercedes has won the last four of six races, but the Heineken Australian GP odds are steep in 2022. Hamilton needs a lot of luck for something to happen in Melbourne this Sunday.

Position Driver Team
1 Valterri Bottas Mercedes
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
6 Kevin Magnussen AlphaTauri
7 Nico Hulkenberg Alpine
8 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo
9 Lance Stroll Racing Point
10 Daniil Kyvat AlphaTauri
11 Pierre Gasly Red Bull
12 Lando Norris McLaren
13 Sergio Perez Racing Point
14 Alexander Albon AlphaTauri

Heineken Australian GP Betting Odds

There isn’t much that changes at the top of the odds board, from the Saudi Arabia GP odds to the Heineken Australian GP odds.

ANOTHER LECLERC, VERSTAPPEN DUEL?
The oddsmakers have slightly more confidence in Charles Leclerc this time, at least at the moment. Odds can change quickly in F1. He was +145 at Jeddah, with +135 odds to win in Australia on Sunday as of this being published.

Max Verstappen’s odds are untouched despite winning in Saudi Arabia. The Red Bull star was +150 to win at Jeddah, and the oddsmakers believe his odds to win in Australia are the same.

Lewis Hamilton is the biggest odds mover from the last race. After struggling in his first two outings, the oddsmakers and the public are not confident in Hamilton.

His F1 Heineken Australian GP odds are +2000, which is something you wouldn’t have expected to see at the beginning of the season. Mercedes has work to do, and I don’t know if it’s going to be a quick fix.

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Odds Driver Team
+135 Charles Leclrec Ferrari
+150 Max Verstappen Red Bull
+400 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari
+1000 Sergio Perez Red Bull
+2000 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
+6600 Esteban Ocon Alpine
+6600 Fernando Alonso Alpine
+6600 George Russell Mercedes
+10000 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
+10000 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo
+15000 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
+15000 Lando Norris McLaren
+25000 Kevin Magnussen Haas
+25000 Mick Schumacher Ferrari

F1 Heineken Australian GP Odds and Prediction

Charles Leclerc (+135)

If you didn’t pay attention to testing sessions in Bahrain, then Charles Leclerc winning Round 1 may have come as a surprise.

However, if you watched how composed and fast the Ferrari cars were this was not a huge upset. Leclerc showed that it wasn’t a fluke the following week at Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

Max Verstappen won that round in a battle of wits between two talented drivers with fast cars. Expect Leclerc to bring another good with him to Australia.

He’s a good driver that didn’t have the privilege of driving a car like this last season. Ferrari has really done well in the offseason to put Leclerc in this position.

FERRARI HAS SOMETHING IN 2022
Practice sessions on Friday went well for Leclerc. He wasn’t perfect and still had the potential to go faster in practice. Leclerc set the standard ahead of Verstappen by 0.245 seconds.

Despite a couple of errors and dealing with traffic, his Ferrari broke the track record with a time of 1:18.978.

His team is putting him in a good position to win for the second time this season. It will take a big error for him to fall off the pace in the Australian Grand Prix.

Given his Heineken Australian GP odds as of Friday to win the race, Leclerc is worth serious consideration at better than even odds. Look for Ferrari and Leclerc to hold off Verstappen for the win in Melbourne.

Heineken Australian GP Odds
CHARLES LECLERC
Kyle E / Author

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