F1 Odds and Picks: Round 2 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

After claiming the pole position on Saturday in qualifying, Leclerc led last week’s event in Bahrain from start to finish. Can he do it all again at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as the odds would suggest he is the favorite to do? Let’s take a deeper dive.
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F1 Odds and Picks: Round 2 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

When: March 27, 1:00 PM EDT

How to Watch: ESPN

Where: Jeddah Street Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

One week down one winner hit, as we started the season with a bang last week cashing Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc at +500. With Leclerc’s win, which was his first since 2019, Formula One got its wish as the race was as competitive as any race last season when Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton dominated week after week. 

We stay in the Middle East this time, now heading to Saudi Arabia for Week number two and in search of another outright winner. When the races take the track this week in Jeddah, they’ll be doing so for just the second year as last year’s event was this event's debut. 

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Top 5 Outright F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Betting Odds

Charles Leclerc +130 (Bet $100 to Win $130)

Max Verstappen +150 (Bet $100 to Win $150)

Lewis Hamilton +1000 (Bet $100 to Win $1000)

Carlos Sainz +850 (Bet $100 to Win $850)

Sergio Perez +1800 (Bet $100 to Win $1800)

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Lewis Hamilton (+1000) (Bet $100 to Win $1000)

Last year’s Saudi Arabia debut was one of the ages, as the sport’s two stars in Hamilton and Verstappen were involved in a dramatic finish that set up the final event of the season where Verstappen would win the season title. In that dual here in Jeddah, however, the Mercedes team and Hamilton came out ahead in one of the most controversial races and finishes of the season. 

Looking ahead to this week, however, will things shake out in the same fashion? I believe they will. 

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In what is the second-fasted track on the calendar per last year’s results, Jeddah Corniche Circut also features the most corners on the season with a staggering 27. With the average speed coming in at 250km/hr, this course requires an extremely high level of skill and experience.

Both of which Hamilton leads the field in. 

In last week’s event, Hamilton overcame a terrible start to the race to finish third, as the only non-Ferrari driver to find himself on the podium. It’s also worth noting that last week was the first event with the litany of new rules sent down from F1 that everyone was dealing with for the first time.

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With the best team and mechanics from top to bottom in the league, I expect Mercedes to adjust accordingly and to give Hamilton every ounce of potential to find himself on the podium once again. While many are pointing toward Verstappen as a potential winner, which I think for good reason here given his late-race engine failure last week being the only thing that stopped him from winning, I do think the odds are too short at just +150.

Despite Hamilton downplaying his team’s chances in the press this week given “fundamental issues”, I love the value 10/1 provides and am taking Mercedes’ Hamilton to be in contention down the stretch. More late drama with Verstappen would just be a bonus.

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Johnny has been covering the sports betting markets and handicapping games for the better part of the past decade. Along the way, he has written for publications such as All-In Magazine, Blitz Predict, FantasyPros, Betting Pros, Sportsbook Review, and most recently, OddsChecker. In addition to giving out picks on Twitter, Johnny is the host of the podcast The Daily Sports Bet -- a 10 minute or less listen with actionable insights and no fluff or BS. Starting the podcast in June, he closed out 2021 up 26 units with a winning percentage of 55%.

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