Last week, the Formula 1 season got off to a wild start in Bahrain. As the oddsmakers didn’t expect, Max Verstappen nor Lewis Hamilton won the first race in 2022. We’re back for Round 2 of Formula 1 action with the latest 2022 Saudi Arabian GP odds and picks.
Hamilton managed to steal a stop on the podium for P3 after working his way up. Verstappen dropped out of the race late. They will move on and look to beat their Saudi Arabian GP odds in Round 2.
— Formula 1 (@F1) March 22, 2022
After a sluggish beginning, it didn’t end up being a washout for Mercedes. They were struggling early, and it looked like this was going to be a disaster for the start of their Constructors bid.
However, Hamilton and George Russell salvaged the race finishing P3 and P4. They finished behind two Ferrari cars, with Carlos Sainz Jr. and Charles Leclerc finishing P2 and P1 on the podium.
— Formula 1 (@F1) March 23, 2022
I warned you last week that Ferrari might have something going for themselves in the 2022 campaign. They were fast in testing and followed up on race day.
The Formula 1 season is long and grueling. While Ferrari was impressive with their first win since 2019, Red Bull and Mercedes are going to use the first race as a learning experience.
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Head below for the best 2022 F1 Saudi Arabian GP odds and picks at Jeddah Corniche Circuit.
Saudi Arabian GP 2021 Results
We’ll get started by taking a look at what happened in the Saudi Arabian GP 2021. It was the inaugural running of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix last year.
The track was set up beautifully for Hamilton. Jeddah Corniche Circuit has straight-line speed, which played right into Hamilton’s strength. It’s exactly what he wanted to see for his Mercedes’ rocket.
Mercedes finished 1st and 3rd in Saudi Arabia, with his former teammate, Valtteri Bottas, running well enough for a spot on the podium. Verstappen held on for P2, and we all know what happened next in Dubai.
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull|
|8||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari|
|9||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo|
|11||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin|
Saudi Arabian GP Betting Odds
Jeddah Corniche Circuit is a fast course that favours a fast setup.
This is a track that has notoriously favored Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. There are 27 corners, many of them high-speed in nature.
This was the perfect track for Hamilton in the second-last race of the 2021 schedule. He needed a fast track for his Mercedes to pull in Verstappen in the standings.
Hamilton knows better than anyone that a fast car is required to win here after last year. His team will adjust, but they are not where they want to be with their setup right now.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|+150||Max Verstappen||Red Bull|
|+1600||Sergio Perez||Red Bull|
|+12500||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo|
2022 Saudi Arabian GP Head-To-Head Matchup Betting Odds and Picks
The 24-year-old George Russell has a bright future ahead with Mercedes. Merc was not too motivated to re-sign Valtteri Bottas given their confidence in Russell.
He is young and motivated to make an impression with a team where he can make a lot of money if things go right for him. Hamilton and Russell can have success together for a long time.
Back on track in four days. We like that. pic.twitter.com/XEW6bbVcr1
— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) March 21, 2022
However, Mercedes has work to do with getting their rig running at an optimal level. Before then, Hamilton and Russell are going to be running behind Red Bull and Ferrari.
However, they should have the advantage over Haas at Jeddah on Sunday. There is no disrespecting Magnussen, who ran a clean race to open the campaign in Round 1.
Magnussen finished P5 behind Russell for an acceptable race to open 2022 F1 season. His Saudi Arabian GP odds are long to win, but he may find it tough versus the top teams.
I’m not insinuating that Russell wins this race, but Mercedes should be faster than Haas on a fast circuit in Saudi Arabia.
The Bahrain Grand Prix was a disappointing showing all the way around for Red Bull. Verstappen dropped out of the race after complaining about steering problems.
With Sergio Perez receiving a DNF, Red Bull didn’t receive any points in Bahrain. That’s frustrating for a team that was going pretty well in testing. Verstappen was faster than Ferrari and Mercedes.
— Formula 1 (@F1) March 23, 2022
Perez will bounce back, but I have confidence in Merdeces doing better at a track they’ve had success. Hamilton loves fast tracks, and to an extent, he should have a good race in Saudi Arabia.
I’m backing Hamilton to finish ahead of Perez in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2022.
Max Verstappen did not get what he wanted in Bahrain. He was P2 for most of the race and was complaining about steering problems throughout the event.
Leclerc's eyes were darting all over his rear-view mirrors! ?
— Formula 1 (@F1) March 21, 2022
As much as Verstappen attempted to catch Charles Leclerc, his car wasn’t going to allow him to do it. Verstappen ran the fastest testing lap a week before in Bahrain.
He was confident about going into Round 1, though his setup betrayed him with Leclerc much too fast for Red Bull. Despite the loss and DNF, Verstappen is going to bring a fast machine to Saudi Arabia.
This isn’t the best track for medium and slow speed corners, but Verstappen should have the advantage to edge out Ferrari in a race that small edges could determine.