F1 Updated Drivers’ & Constructors’ Championship Odds: Can Charles Leclerc Run Away With the Title?

With a week off in Formula One, now is a great time to take a step back and check out the landscape that has resulted from the first four weeks. Here's a breakdown of the F1 updated Drivers' & Constructors' Championship odds.
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F1 Updated Drivers’ & Constructors’ Championship Odds: Can Charles Leclerc Run Away With the Title?

With a week off in Formula One, now is a great time to take a step back and check out the landscape that has resulted from the first four weeks. While much has been as expected, there’s been a surprising amount that has not; especially at the top. 

Following last season’s finale which saw the entire season decided in the final laps of the final event between Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), many expected a similar outcome. So far, however, Hamilton and the Mercedes team have been the ones not holding up their end of the bargain. 

Four events down, and Hamilton has found the podium just once, currently, No. 7 in the driver standings as Mercedes ranks No. 3 in the constructor standings largely due to the driving of rookie George Russell. Taking Hamilton (and Mercedes) place in competing with the defending champion Verstappen has instead been Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.

To this point in the season, Leclerc finds himself atop the standings with 86 points, while Ferrari has so far largely come out ahead following an offseason full of league changes. With the first quarter of the 2022 season now complete, let’s take a closer look at a driver and constructor I expect to be at the top come to the end of the season.

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Charles Leclerc (-105) (Bet $105 to win $100)

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Not all teams have adjusted equally to the offseason adjustments F1 made to their car requirements, but some have. In what was previously a two-team race between Mercedes and Red Bull, Ferrari came out of the gates on fire led by their ace driver in Leclerc. 

Finding the podium in three of four events including winning two outright, Leclerc has already built a sizable lead in the driver’s standings with those 86 points, sitting a full 27 points ahead of second-place (Verstappen). Leclerc is also the only driver in the top three of the standings to finish every race he’s entered this season, already showing a level of consistency that no other driver, or team, has to this point with the modifications. 

I like for his lead to continue to grow, and for Leclerc to run away with the title before it is all said and done. 

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Red Bull (-105) (Bet $105 to win $100)

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While Ferrari was the clear-cut best team out of the gates when it came to the aforementioned offseason car adjustments, Red Bull is slowly creeping up behind already. Sitting second in the constructor standings with 113 points, through four races they are just nine points behind first place. 

While Verstappen gets most of the love for Red Bull, and rightfully so after a torrid finish to 2021 that saw him win the driver championship, their No. 2 is also already doing damage. Through four races, while Verstappen has won twice, teammate Sergio Perez has found the podium now each of the past two weeks, finishing second in both. 

With Verstappen leading the way and a garage and No. 2 driver in Perez that have been there before, I expect it is just a matter of time before Red Bulls moves into the No. 1 position. 

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