Brazilian GP Betting Preview: Turmoil In Sao Paulo but Race Goes On

As They Say, The Show Must Go On…

Post-election protests are going on across Brazil right now. But Formula One is set on pushing through with the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix anyhow. In this Brazilian GP betting preview, the sportsbook’s odds still heavily favor Max Verstappen of Red Bull.

The two-time defending champion is slated at -225 to win the Grand Prix, which is a near-identical number to his last two races – both of which he won. Amidst the chaos in Brazil, Verstappen and Red Bull may be a stable bet this Sunday.

2022 Brazilian Grand Prix Information

Race: Sao Paulo Grand Prix Location: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Day/Time: Sunday, November 13, 1:00 p.m.
Television: ESPN

Race Proceeds in Sao Paulo…

As thousands of Brazilians continue to protest across the country. The unrest, stemming from the contested election results, has seen civilians block roads and get into conflict with police and military. Former President Jair Messias Bolosonaro has cooperated with the transfer of power to the newly elected Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva but has yet to accept his defeat.

As such, Formula One is feeling the effects with several flight cancellations to Sao Paulo. Reportedly, several crew members have been unable to reach the airport or make their way to the venue of the race. Reports also alleged the blockades delayed F1 equipment convoys. However, that has been resolved allegedly.

“Yes, the convoy stopped shortly after leaving Viracopos (airport),” the Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio (CBA) told Globo Esporte.

“But it was quickly resolved by the military police.” And the Brazilian auto racing federation added: “The equipment arrived at the scheduled time in Interlagos.”

Outside of the protests, the early forecast also sees rain during the weekend of the race. Spectators, especially local ones, face bleak conditions for the penultimate race in the F1 schedule for 2022. But the Brazilian GP betting preview odds still see this as nothing more than “business as usual” for Verstappen and the favorites.

It’s Getting Pricier Betting on Red Bull

Verstappen and Red Bull beat whatever chaos happens at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix. The heavy-betting favorite has won seven of the last eight races while his teammate, Sergio “Checo” Perez won the one he didn’t. Bettors will have to shed $225 or more to win back $100 for Verstappen to finish first in Sao Paulo as he did in 2019.

An alternative way to bet on Verstappen and Red Bull is to involve Perez in the outcome. At +110, there is value in betting on both to finish on the podium (top three). Verstappen and Perez have done this in seven of the 20 races this year including two of the last three (Mexico and Japan).

Perez overtook Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc for second place in the drivers’ standings. This is thanks to his podium finish in three of the last four races. He has consistently been in the top six this F1 season so a bet on him and Verstappen to finish in this range is at a wide range of -275 on the sportsbook. With Ferrari’s strategic blunders and Mercedes’s difficulty keeping up, this trio of bets is all worth considering.

Time is Running Out for Hamilton to Win One

We can’t leave out Hamilton and Mercedes in this Brazilian GP betting preview. After all, he is the defending champion heading to this race. While the Briton is fifth in the Formula 1 points standings with no first-place finishes, his odds are not too long at +550. Money has come in support of the eight-time world champion as he is on a roll having finished second in his last two races.

Hamilton has won at least one race every season of his F1 career. He won Interlagos three times, all coming in the last five races here. Losing the world title and being an also-ran for the season has been a “shock” to Hamilton per reports.

“I think, going from the competitive position that we’ve had in the preceding years, to a really difficult car at the start of the year, was a bit of a shock for him,” Andrew Shovlin, Mercedes’s trackside engineering director said.

Indeed, it is still hard to picture Hamilton, who many consider the greatest Formula One driver ever, to finish a season without finishing on top at least once.

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