2022 F1 Saudi Arabian GP Betting Odds, Preview, and Picks

2022 F1 Saudi Arabian GP Betting Odds, Preview, and Picks

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.

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.

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.

FERRARI A MAJOR CONTENDER
Ferrari has to be taken more seriously now, as their Saudi Arabian GP betting odds are more favorable in Round 2. Their fast testing was no fluke, with Leclerc leading the early F1 Drivers’ Championship standings and Ferrari up in the Constructors.

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.

The F1 Saudi Arabian GP odds are posted on the board for this week at your favorite online betting site. TheSportsGeek has compiled a list of the best F1 sportsbooks for the 2022 season.

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.

This was the second-last race of the schedule last year, with the 2022 Saudi Arabian GP moved up to March. Lewis Hamilton needed this race to continue to reel Max Verstappen in and set up a duel in Dubai.

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.

Position Driver Team
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
4 Esteban Ocon Alpine
5 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
6 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
8 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo
10 Lando Norris McLaren
11 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
12 Nicholas Latifi Williams
13 Fernando Alonso Alpine
14 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri

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.

Besides the high-speed corners, there are lengthy straights with around an average speed of around 250 km/h in Saudi Arabia.

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.

CONFIDENCE IN MERCEDES WANNING
Despite dominating last year, Hamilton is not a favourite on the Saudi Arabian GP odds board. Hamilton’s Saudi Arabian GP betting odds are the fourth-best at BetOnline.

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:

Odds Driver Team
+145 Charles Leclrec Ferrari
+150 Max Verstappen Red Bull
+700 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
+1000 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
+1600 Sergio Perez Red Bull
+3300 George Russell Mercedes
+10000 Kevin Magnussen Haas
+12500 Fernando Alonso Alpine
+12500 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
+12500 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo
+15000 Esteban Ocon Alpine
+20000 Lando Norris McLaren
+2000 Mick Shumacher Ferrari
+2500 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren

2022 Saudi Arabian GP Head-To-Head Matchup Betting Odds and Picks

George Russell
-180
Kevin Magnussen
+150

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.

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.

Saudi Arabian GP Odds (Head-To-Head)
GEORGE RUSSELL
Lewis Hamilton
-130
Sergio Perez
+100

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.

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.

Mercedes likely isn’t going to fix everything in just one week. However, I’m not especially high on Perez, who struggled here last year. Perez DNF and settled for P17.

I’m backing Hamilton to finish ahead of Perez in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2022.

Saudi Arabian GP Odds (Head-To-Head)
LEWIS HAMILTON

Prediction

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.

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.

OVERCOMING A MISSTEP IN BAHRAIN
Red Bull should have Verstappen back on top in the Saudi Arabia GP with some tweaks to his car on Sunday. Hamilton is always a danger at this track, but Merc doesn’t have the engine at this juncture.

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.

Saudi Arabian GP Odds
MAX VERSTAPPEN
Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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