The 2022 Formula One season comes to a close in Abu Dhabi. This was the scene of the most dramatic conclusion to an F1 season when Max Verstappen controversially edged Lewis Hamilton.
Now, Verstappen has clinched the title while Hamilton still searches for his first win of the season. The F1 racing odds have this as more of a wide-open race. So who captures the checkered flag at the Yas Marina Circuit this Sunday?
2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Outright Odds
Can Hamilton Finish 2022 With a Win?
Once upon a time, Hamilton was the indomitable champion of Formula One. Online sports betting oddsmakers quickly put the Brit as the runaway favorite in each season. Now, Hamilton enters Abu Dhabi with zero wins and zero pole positions
When you realise K-Mag has more pole positions than Lewis Hamilton this year 😮 pic.twitter.com/bZIzFNNAhQ
— ESPN F1 (@ESPNF1) November 12, 2022
Hamilton, who has a record five wins at the Yas Marina Circuit, is just behind Verstappen (+125) as the favorites to finish first at +250. He has finished on the podium in Abu Dhabi in his last eight races here. But this season, the top spot has eluded him. Verstappen cost him in Sao Paulo as Hamilton trailed his teammate, George Russell, to his fifth second-place finish.
As for his bitter rival, Verstappen is the two-time defending winner in Abu Dhabi and has also finished on the podium in four straight races. Either way, Verstappen and Hamilton appear headed for another close finish. The best bet could be for either to finish in the top three at -300 and -200, respectively.
Perez vs Leclerc: Battle for Second Place
As Verstappen and Hamilton add another chapter to their rivalry, Sergio “Checo” Perez may also have a score to settle with his own teammate. Verstappen defiantly prevented Perez from finishing ahead of him in Sao Paulo, which allowed Charles Leclerc to tie Perez in the driver standings.
Now, Perez and Leclerc will race it out to see who gets to finish second. Folks betting online will see both as sizable underdogs to win the race at +1200 and +1000, respectively. They are also not expected to make the podium, though finishing in the top six should be doable.
Leclerc had a sizable advantage over Perez to start the season. However, the Mexican driver rallied in the second half and only Verstappen accumulated more points. Perez finished ahead of Leclerc in three of their last five races. Both have three podium finishes.
Vettel Races One Final Time
Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel will get behind a Formula One car for the last time in his career. After having announced his retirement earlier in the season, Vettel is set to represent Aston Martin. Currently, Vettel sits 11th in the driver standings and just missed out on a top-10 finish in Sao Paulo.
The former Red Bull driver owns three wins in Abu Dhabi, all with the constructor. But in the past two races here, Vettel finished outside of the top 10 (14th and 11th). His backers can still bet on him to finish with points at -140 or a top-six result at +600. He will be hard-pressed to execute the latter, however, though a retirement from one of the top six drivers could help.