Formula 1 – 2022 USA GP Odds: Racing For Second

Charles Leclerc Leads Field as Verstappen Aims For Record

With the world title in his pocket, Max Verstappen turns his attention to something even bigger, an F1 world record for most races won in a single season. At 12, Verstappen needs two to eclipse Michael Schumacher’s and Sebastian Vettel’s record of 13. The 2022 USA GP odds expect him to tie the record this Sunday as the favorite. And while he sets his sights on this, Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez battle for second place.

2022 United States Grand Prix Information

Race: United States Grand Prix
Location: Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, United States
Day/Time:
Television: ESPN
Streaming:  Live Stream Sports

Leclerc and Perez Neck-and-Neck for Second Spot

One point. That is what separates Red Bull’s Sergio Perez from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc for second place in the World Drivers’ Championship. Leclerc appeared to edge Perez in Japan but was deducted points thus giving Perez his season-leading sixth second-placed finish. Verstappen’s teammate is having a career season already with 253 points in his second year with the constructor.

As for Leclerc, Ferrari’s leading man had a chance to contend. He and the team started the season hot three consecutive top-two finishes. But retirements and strategic miscues on the track have pushed Leclerc as a distant second until the more consistent Perez overtook him on the standings in Japan.

That tends to be the case he is typically behind Verstappen in many F1 racing odds such as “Fastest Lap” or “Fastest in Practice”.

The 2022 USA GP odds still have Leclerc as the second-most likely winner of the race. That tends to be the case he is typically behind Verstappen in many F1 racing odds such as “Fastest Lap” or “Fastest in Practice”. Considering he’s won just one race in the last 15, it would almost be a bold take for United States Grand Prix predictions to have him winning.

Still, the F1 odds have Leclerc ahead of Perez to finish second. The Mexican underdog may be a shrewd bet considering he’s finished ahead of Leclerc in nine of the last 12 races.

Verstappen Needs Two in Four

There was a point in this F1 season when Verstappen can be had at underdog odds to win a race. Now, he’s upwards of -200 to win per the 2022 USA GP odds. Verstappen has overcome nearly everything to win races from an unideal starting position to inclement weather conditions. It would be shocking if Verstappen failed to win one of the F1 remaining four races.

The Red Bull man is the defending champion in Texas. He became just one of two Red Bull drivers to win in the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). The last one to do it before he was Vettel in his historic 2013 season. Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have otherwise dominated on this track. The constructor has won six out of nine times since the United States Grand Prix was reinstalled to the F1 schedule in 2012.

Should Verstappen falter here, he still has the Mexican Grand Prix, Sao Paulo in Brazil, and Abu Dhabi. He has won each course at least once in recent seasons. On the flip side, Hamilton is still seeking his first win of the season. He’s listed at 12-1 to win in Austin this Sunday along with the other three races. But sitting at sixth on the standings, Hamilton has not even finished on the podium since Hungary six races ago.

How Will Red Bull’s Overspend Kerfuffle Cost Them?

In less-than-satisfactory news, Red Bull was recently implicated on an overspending violation. According to the FIA, the constructor was found guilty of a “minor budget cap overspend”. This means the team spent over its $145 million cap as it relates to performance-related spending.

Mercedes and Ferrari have spoken out about the potential implications for Red Bull’s infraction. Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto, the constructor’s team principal and an engineer stated that “$5 million is just about half a second, even $1-2 million is one or two tenths, which is far from being second on the grid or being on pole and having the fastest car.”

Mercedes’s Toto Wolff, the team’s principal, and CEO also pointed out how a minor overspend can impact up to the next three championship seasons.

 

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