Will Anyone Stop Max Verstappen?
The Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix returns to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, for the first time since 2019 as the last two events were canceled due to the pandemic and Canada’s relatively strict travel restrictions. Max Verstappen is looking to win his sixth race of the season, while Charles Leclerc and Ferrari are hoping to gain ground on the first-place Red Bull driver.
Verstappen, the 2021 Formula 1 World Champion, is en route to earning that honor once again this year with victories in Saudi Arabia, Italy, the United States, Spain, and Azerbaijan. He won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on June 12, the 25th victory of his career, after Leclerc was forced to due to engine-related issues. He is the biggest motor sports favorite in all F1 and NASCAR odds this week.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, reports, and Formula 1 odds for Canadian Grand Prix. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Charles Leclerc Looking To Return To Form
Leclerc has been incredibly unlucky of late. The 24-year-old Ferrari driver finished 19th with a DNF in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and is now in third place in season standings despite being a pre-season favorite among many sportsbooks. Leclerc has two DNFs in his last three races.
Despite his recent form, Leclerc is still in contention to win the season title with more than a dozen races remaining. He won the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix to kick off the 2022 season in March and followed that up with a victory at the Heineken Australian Grand Prix.
Leclerc has largely been hampered by mechanical issues. He has held the pole position in six of eight races this season.
Ferrari is now third (Leclerc) and fifth (Carlos Sainz Jr.) in the season standings, while Red Bull occupies the top two spots (Verstappen and Sergio Perez).
Lewis Hamilton Hoping To Defend Title
A seven-time World Champion with 103 Formula 1 victories, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes finally seem to be having a down season. Hamilton won four consecutive World Championships from 2017-to-20 and was tied with Verstappen for the points lead entering the final race of the 2021 season in Abu Dhabi.
While Hamilton has taken a back seat to Verstappen and Leclerc this season, he’s still among the greatest drivers of all-time and definitely capable of winning individual races, especially at a venue where he has enjoyed success – Hamilton won the Grand Prix of Canada in 2019 and is tied with Michael Schumacher for having the most victories (7) at the event.
Canadian racing fans haven’t had the pleasure of attending a live F1 event in two years and will undoubtedly be rooting for the defending champion Hamilton, who has always been a fan favorite in Montreal. However, the Brit has lower odds (+3300) to win than his Mercedes teammate George Russell (+2800).
F1 Canadian Grand Prix 2022 Information
- Location: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada
- Circuit Length: 4,361 meters
- Laps: 70
- Day/Time: Sunday, June 19, 2 p.m. ET
- Live stream: Formula1.com
F1 Canadian Grand Prix 2022 Betting Lines
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F1 Canadian Grand Prix 2022 Prediction
Betting online for Formula 1 events can be tricky as there isn’t much value in making wagers on drivers with high odds to win outright. Only three drivers have won races this year and there likely won’t be a first-time champion at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Podium bets are an attractive alternative for those looking to cash in on drivers with high odds.
Verstappen and Perez have been a well-oiled machine for Red Bull, but it’s far too early in the season to expect them to lead the charge all season long. Leclerc has largely been unlucky and is due for some good fortune this weekend.
There’s little value in betting Verstappen at (-120), but there’s certainty in knowing he should contend regardless. Leclerc (+300), however, is very attractive considering his impressive qualifying times this season.