Like in F1 previous races, the Singaporean Grand Prix produced an upset as it was Sergio “Checo” Perez who came out on top for Red Bull. Perez’s win stalled Max Verstappen in his quest to clinch another world title though the Belgian-Dutchman can still do it in Japan this week. The Japanese Grand Prix odds heavily favor him as he looks to win for the first time in the Suzuka International Racing Course while others jostle for position behind him.
2022 Japanese Grand Prix Information
- Race: Japanese Grand Prix
- Location: Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan
- Streaming: Live Stream Sports
Verstappen Leads While Runner-Ups Jockey for Position
Singapore was less-than-ideal for Verstappen as he and Red Bull were not on the same page starting with the qualifiers. The favorite finished in seventh after a few critical errors. But Verstappen had to take those bold moves as he had been battling from the eighth spot due to a mix-up in the qualifying.
‘[I] managed to fight back to seventh but it’s not where we want to be,” Verstappen commented on his performance in the post-race interview. “Yesterday, you put yourself in a spot like that and it can either work brilliantly and you can drive back to the front or it’s very frustrating like we had.”
Verstappen can still win the world title with a first-place finish. As for Perez, Verstappen’s teammate is now breathing down Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc’s neck for second place in the season. Leclerc finished second for the second straight time but is just two points ahead of Checo. And in the fourth and fifth spots, one point separates Mercedes’s George Russell and Carlos Sainz Jr., Leclerc’s teammate in the 2022 F1 standings.
Russell failed to score points for only the second time this season. He will still have short Japanese Grand Prix odds in terms of finishing in the top 10 and even in the top six. Joining these five is seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton, who finished ninth in Singapore. He will aim for his first podium finish since Hungary.
McLaren vs Alpine: The Battle Intensifies
Another race that is heating up is on the constructors’ side as just four points separate McLaren-Mercedes from Alpine-Renault. The former overtook Alpine in Singapore when Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth and fifth while Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso failed to finish.
The slippery tracks in Marina Bay made for quite a chaotic finish that McLaren benefited from. This was the British constructors’ best result for the year while it was also the second consecutive time Alpine failed to take home a point. Alonso has now retired in consecutive races though he’s generally been a solid driver to back with his consistent top-10 finishes.
Betting on Japan GP, Norris and Alonso are favored to finish in the top-10 while the former can be had for slight underdog odds on the top six.
Betting on Japan GP, Norris and Alonso are favored to finish in the top-10 while the former can be had for slight underdog odds on the top six. As for their teammates, Ricciardo’s fifth-placed finish is his best of the season and the second time he’s been in the top six (Emilia Romagna). Ocon has consistently been in the top-10 like Alonso and Norris. Alpine’s string of bad luck could come to an end in Suzuka this Sunday… if the weather cooperates.
Tsunoda Debuts in Home Country
After a promising start with AlphaTauri, Yuki Tsunoda has run into difficulties. The young Japanese driver had three top-10 finishes in his first six races but hasn’t had any since. He’s also retired in three of his last six races thanks mostly to crashing. As he races in Japan for the first time since becoming a Formula One driver, the Japanese Grand Prix odds are not in his favor.
In fact, the sportsbook is offering Tsunoda as a sizable underdog to finish in the top-10 or the top-six. A podium finish would be one of online sports gambling’ biggest upsets should he pull it off. Tsunoda’s best result in F1 is a fourth-placed finish in Abu Dhabi last season. Of course, it took retirements from Perez, Russell, and Kimi Raikkonen to help.
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