Max Verstappen enters Austin as the 2022 Formula One World Champion. The 25-year-old has authored one of the most dominant F1 seasons thus far having won 12 of the 18 races. Now, the F1 racing odds peg him as a -225 favorite to win in the United States Grand Prix. This feat would have him tie the great Michael Schumacher and former Red Bull champion Sebastian Vettel with 13 for the season.
Let’s check the latest F1 odds, stats, injury reports, and F1 lines for United States Grand Prix. We’ve plenty of F1 betting odds for you to consider.
2022 United States Grand Prix Outright Odds
Verstappen Runaway Favorite as He Goes for History
If there is still anyone doubting Verstappen’s legitimacy as an F1 star, they are nowhere to be found. Verstappen’s recent run, where he’s won five of the last six races, leaves little to contest. He won the title in Japan despite a downpour that wreaked havoc to start the race. In Belgium, he found his way to first place despite having to start at the back of the grid. And in Hungary, he managed to finish first despite spinning.
Verstappen has not been perfect. But he, of all the drivers, has found a way to get past his mistakes or misfortunes and win. Of course, he’s been “helped” a little thanks to Ferrari’s consistent hiccups in their pit strategy as well as Mercedes’s recent string of accidents.
Now, Verstappen is the first driver since Schumacher and Vettel to have clinched a title with four races left on the F1 calendar. It seems “easy money” betting online on Verstappen as he is either too good or the competition is too inconsistent to bank on. Either way, his odds just keep shortening.
Leclerc vs Perez: Who’s a Better Bet for Second?
While Verstappen cruises as the champion, the race for second continues to heat up. Charles Leclerc conceded second place to Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Perez, in Japan. Perez finished second in Suzuka thanks to Leclerc getting deducted points for leaving the track to gain an advantage.
Now, Perez is one point ahead of Leclerc. The Mexican has been the next-most consistent driver after his teammate. “Checo” has finished on the podium nine times and has wins in Monaco and Singapore. He’s currently priced as an underdog (+185) to finish in second on the sportsbook after Leclerc (-225).
That is interesting considering he’s finished ahead of the Ferrari drive in 9 of the previous 13 races. And since Leclerc won the Australian Grand Prix, Perez has won more races (two) than Leclerc (one). The Monegasque also retired three times in this span compared to twice from Perez.
Mercedes: Can They Extend Podium-Streak in Austin?
Verstappen races for history while Leclerc and Perez race for second place. This leaves Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time champion, still in search of a win this season. The current odds have him as a longshot to win any of the four remaining races at 12-1. And we don’t doubt it as he has not finished on the podium in his last five races.
Indeed, the Mercedes man could finish without a win for the first time in his 15-year F1 career. His current ranking at sixth is also his worst showing. That’s not all. Mercedes’s streak of always finishing on the podium in the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is likely to end this Sunday.
Mercedes has dominated in the COTA having won six of the nine races. The odds are bearish on Hamilton extending the podium streak though as he is at even odds (Ev) to finish on the podium. His teammate, George Russell, is at +150. The constructor, however, has finished out of the top three in the last two races.